Reggaetronic Ravehall Island EDM Major Lazer

As our homies over at LargeUp remind us to celebrate Bounty Killer’s 40th birthday today, we thought we would celebrate the artist with an Okayfuture spin on things.  It’s no secret that there is an increasingly large presence of dancehall and reggae turning up in electronic music, and vice versa.  From “ravehall” to “reggaetronic,” the scope of the genre subscribes to a lot more outside of Skrillex‘s “Make It Bun Dem” remix.

LargeUp recently recognized the bad boy squad Jamtech Foundation, or simply Jamtech, were goin’ in on the scene in 2008 but have recently released this “traphall” banger “Dedicated,” featuring birthday-boy Bounty Killer.  Check it:

We must also pay homage to the artists who have elevated “reggaetronic” to its high demand today – namely, big acts like Major Lazer and The Partysquad, who are responsible for the expanding popularity of tropical dance music.  With songs like “Original Don,” which kick-started an entire trap movement, and “Jah No Partial” featuring lyrics from Johnny Osbourne’s 1981 tune “Mr. Marshall,” Major Lazer and The Partysquad have created serious hype around the “ravehall” sub-genre.

The Partysquad, whose history in the Dutch house scene dates back to the 1990’s, continue the badman rave movement on their latest track, “The Lion,” which pairs a forceful 4/4 beat with a catchy rudebwoy refrain from Partysquad vocalist MC Ruben. Check out the featured track below:

LargeUp’s very own DJ Gravy selected Congo Natty’s “UK Allstars,” who predicts that the jungle and drum and bass scene is set to make a big comeback.  Congo Natty, a jungle pioneer, has just signed with influential UK label Big Dada, which will release his Jungle Revolution LP (mixed by Adrian Sherwood) on June 17.  With samples from Prince Far I and Fuzzy Jones, the track promises nothing but great beats and even greater vibes. Ch-Ch-Ch-Check it:

The amount of original EDM tracks and remixes coming out of the Caribbean these days makes it seem like there’s an Ibiza-esque movement happening.  Specifically, Jamaica and Trinidad, whose unique blends of rhythm and vibes have been highlighted recently by the success of Carribbean-based artists.  This last track is an installment of “island EDM” by Jamaican producer Noah Issa with his take on “Differentology” by the Bunji Garlin.

Until next time, Jah Feel?!


  • Blessedone

    Daaaaamn, Largeup is killing it with these tracks…

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