Nov 22, 2014
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Posts tagged: xtm.nation

LargeUp Premiere: Ini Kamoze “Hill & Gully Ride (Remix)”

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“Hill and Gully Ride” is a traditional Jamaican mento song first recorded by Lord Composer in the early 1950s, and sung for many years well before that by workmen constructing new roads. A reference to the highs and lows of Jamaican topography and, in turn, Jamaican life, “Hill and Gully Ride” is a phrase capable of putting pretty much anything in Jamaica into perspective and, as such, it’s been re-used as a title for numerous songs (and one of the island’s longest-running TV series) by different artists over the years.

In 1994, the same year he hit No. 1 on Billboard with “Here Comes the Hotstepper,” Ini Kamoze returned to Jamaica to voice his own “Hill and Gully Ride” for producer Philip “Fattis” Burrell, of XTerminator Reocrds fame. Though it’s not one of his best-known songs, it ranks up there with “World A Reggae” and the original “Hot Stepper” among his best songs thanks to a wicked combination of qualuty production and illuminating lyrics. Fattis would later remix the track for release in 1998, and that version might be even better.

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Righteous Excursion: Jesse Royal Meets Sly, Robbie and Chinna

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Jesse Royal is one of the key figures bringing reggae into the future, but he’s working closely with some of the music’s past giants to get there. For “Little Did They Know,” a track on Living HeART, the exceptional new compilation LP celebrating 25 years of XTerminator Records and the life of its late founder Philip “Fattis” Burrell (buy here), Jesse teamed with three of reggae’s greatest musicians: Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

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Living HeART: 25 Years of Xterminator Records

Intro by Jesse Serwer, Words by Kareem Burrell—

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LargeUp Premiere: Pressure Buss Pipe – “Shield & Guide”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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Xterminator, the iconic reggae and dancehall label founded by producer Philip “Fattis” Burrell, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Living Heart, a tribute to its late founder stacked with unreleased music from the label’s vaults by Sizzla, Beres Hammond, Buju Banton and more. Ahead of the compilation’s release in February, XTM.Nation (the re-branded label now under the direction of Fattis’ son Kareem Burrell) is leaking tunes from the project via LargeUp.

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LargeUp Premiere: Lee “Scratch” Perry — “Stand In Love”

Words by Jesse Serwer–
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Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with dancehall knows the name XTerminator. The record label and production house of the late Philip “Fattis” Burrell played a pivotal role in the careers of Capleton, Luciano, Beres Hammond and Buju Banton, and introduced the world to Sizzla.

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Mixtape Mondays: Kalibandulu x Eccentrix, XTM. Nation, DJ Tanner

Words by DJ Theory—

Monday has shown it’s head again, which can only mean that new mixes await you here at LargeUp. Dancehall, culture, moombahton, trap, tropical bass, all spice up the pot this week with heat from Miami x  Italy, NYC and Kingston. Catch a vibe below.

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