Words by DJ Theory —
With Notting Hill Carnival behind us and Labor Day Weekend celebrations climaxing with the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn today, it’s a pretty decent time of year for Caribbean music. On that note we’re toting some big bumbaclaat mixes for you this week, including an exclusive soca blast from our man D-Life, plus crucial one drop from Sweden and a mix from out of Brooklyn showcasing the hottest new artist out of JA right now, Tommy Lee. Madd again.
LargeUp Exclusive: D-Life, The LargeUp Sessions Mixtape Vol.1: Massive B affiliate and on-air DJ for NY’s Hot 97, Miami’s Mixx 96 and Sirius Satellite Trinidad’s D-Life just laced us with a mix for the first installment in our new mixtape series here at LargeUp, The LargeUp Sessions. One of the baddest soca DJs in the game custom built the hour long mix in celebration of Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th year as an independent nation, as well the West Indian Day Parade in NYC. D-Life brings a solid mix of modern soca favorites that is just the necessary ingredient to wrap up the summer. If you’re attending the festivities in Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you can get your paws on a physical copy of the CD as well: just look out for D-Life on the Massive B float. Stream and download the mix below, more info and tracklist here.
Safari Sound, Summer Nuh Done Yet Vol.2: Our Swedish bredrin and reggae/dancehall mixtape dons Safari Sound are back to dun the place yet again with a brand new one-drop mix to properly seal up the summer months. Volume 1 came through with that essential Vitamin D around carnival time last year, and Volume 2 is set to coast you into September with over 50 tracks of current one drop and culture singles, riddims and a bagga exclusives blent up tight by Safari. Another clean and fresh cover too to make sure everything shine an criss. Stream and download below, tracklist here.
Gaza Priince, Uncle Demon Mixtape: Brooklyn/Guyana’s Gaza Priince makes his Mixtape Mondays debut with a new mix showcasing arguably the most rated artist out of Jamaica at the moment, Gaza affiliate/former Portmore Empire deejay Tommy Lee. Tommy has a unique pitch and delivery in his material and, after dropping some big tunes pon Jamaica over the last couple years, is now starting to land on the global radar after shelling the place at this year’s Reggae Sumfest in his hometown of MoBay. If you’re looking to get up to speed with the quickness with a voice you’ll be hearing a lot more of this year, Gaza Priince has got it handled with Uncle Demon, named for Tommy’s latest excursion into the dark depths of gothic dancehall. Stream individual cuts below, download the mix here.