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Foster the People · Pumped Up Kicks (Reggae Cover)

Cris Cab covering this messed up pop joint, reggae style

I first heard Cris Cab on ‘One Thing,’ a collaboration of his with Pharrell Williams. I don’t know how Cab pulls off this reggae pop so well, but even my soulful ways can get into the pop slop for kids like Cris.

In his cover of Foster the People’s infamous ‘Pumped Up Kicks,’ Cab twists it well with that feel good jam style of his. If anything, it’s a pretty damn good reggae cover for a white boy from Miami.

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Easy Star All-Stars ·· Thrillah

A reggae reinterpretation of Michael Jackson's Thriller

Easy Star All-Stars hit it big with their reggae reinterpretation of Dark Side of the Moon, aptly named Dub Side of the Moon. They’ve done a few other cover albums, but nothing has compared to Dub Side — a must listen for all you Floyd fans… or if you smoke weed. And as much as they could really never top that, they’ve done one hell of a job reggaifying Michael Jackson’s legendary album, Thriller.

Thrillah should be played fully through! And I don’t say this lightly. Most albums today (and in the past) really aren’t worth the full run through, but like Jackson’s Thriller, Thrillah is meant to be played sequentially. How Easy Star spun some of MJ’s tracks is truly impressive. However, some didn’t quite capture the mood that Thriller puts on, though I do realize the limitations when you’re covering reggae style.

Check out a few of the highlights below and pick up Easy Star’s Thrillah if you’re feelin the flow.

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Colatron · Is This Distance

Bob Marley x Datsik x Eleven8 Mashup

Marley mixed into some melodic dubstep… how has this not been overdone Colatron takes Datsik’s “Havoc” & Eleven8’s “Colours of Distance” and weaves Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” lyrics right into the intricate ‘steps. I do wish the quality was a bit fuller, but this mashup matched up too nice not to tell y’all about it.

Also, make sure to check out the video down below, great visuals set to the song.

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DJ Wood · Get Bendy

Sean Paul // Asteroids Galaxy Tour Mashup

How the shit isn’t Ghetto Funk lightin up every living room in the Western hemisphere This shit is the grooviest thang since my days of Earth Wind & Fire

In this latest Ghetto Funk installment, DJ Wood mashes up Sean Paul & Asteroids Galaxy Tour’s ghetto grooviness. Some of y’all may not be the biggest Sean Paul fans, but you can’t deny his swaveness in this shit! (or you best not)

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Notorious B.I.G. · Going Back to Cali (Viceroy Remix)

Going where not so many remixers have gone before, and I like it.

At first I just chalked this off as just another BIG remix, until I realized who was remixing him. Viceroy has remixed some known vocals into some freshly chilled tunes and has even created some stellar originals.

What I like best about this “Going Back to Cali” remix is that it goes for a completely different vibe than most remixers are going. The beached out, Jamaican vibe isn’t heard by many remixes, let alone with BIG’s lyrics thrown on top, and that’s what makes it so fresh & so clean (clean).

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Cris Cab · One Thing

Produced by Pharrell Williams

“One Thing” is one relaxing, beach worthy tune. It was produced by Pharrell, so I guess Cris Cab must be doing something right. Well, I sure as shit like his new tune (I gotta feelin Pharrell’s got something to do with it). He’s got a Jack Johnson, Sublime flow to him – though, that might not be the best comparison. Who you thinkin fits best

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Krafty Kuts · A Krafty Symphony

2011 Bootleg Re-Rub Mix (featuring MC Dynamite)

I’m just as sick as everyone else with these more bitter than sweet “Bittersweet” mixes, but Krafty Kuts deviates from the original just enough with a funked out feel and some fine reggae lines from MC Dynamite.

Takes some advice from Krafty Kuts, if you’re gonna remix something as overly remixed as this, do something different (don’t just lay down acapellas).

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Mavado · Delilah (Diplo Remix)

WOBBwobbWOBBLE that Reggae

I don’t hear enough wobble remixes of reggae music, but Diplo just dropped a remix of Mavado’s “Delilah” with just enough wobble for this reggae pophall star.

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DJ Theory · Can’t Get Enough

Some of the sexiest, panty-dropping music since Barry White

I was introduced to moombahton by some school friends a few months back. I recently just read on another blog that moombahton sounds like “house reggae”. Interesting way to put it ’cause they kind of hit the nail on the head with that. My opinion; some of the sexiest, panty-dropping music since Barry White. This track, produced by New England native DJ Theory, has been on repeat on my iPod for the last 6 days.

Featured on David Heartbreak’s “Moombahsoul Vol. 1” (who’s rework of The Weeknd’s “Rolling Stone” made me sweat), Theory has alot to be recognized for. Producer/DJ for MA-based hiphop group The Problemaddicts, official scratch DJ for the SF 49ers and founder/co-owner of the [...]

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Lord Echo’s Melodies

New Zealand Reggae chilled for the cold winter

Quick, come up with 3 countries you think would be most likely to produce 2010’s chillest album. Was New Zealand on your list Didn’t think so, but it’s time to change that.

Lord Echo is the solo moniker of New Zealander, Mike Fabulous, a veteran of the Wellington music scene and member of the reggae band The Black Seeds. Melodies is his first solo release, and damn has he nailed it. He has taken a full complement of synthesizers, keyboards, guitars, basses, and horns, provided by both himself and a variety of other Wellington musicians, and crafted a masterpiece which blends reggae, dub, soul, afro, disco, funk, and [...]

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