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LargeUp Premiere: De Tropix x Afrikan Boy 'All The Dots'


The LargeUp crew has premiered The Skyward EP from dancehall-meets-UK-club duo De Tropix. "All The Dots" features Afrikan Boy's grimy spitting on things we can all relate to: system enslavement, commuting and watching National Geographic. LU on the release:

De Tropix, a collaborative project between DJ/producer/vocalist Damon Bowen (a/k/a Instinct) and vocalist Cherry B (hype chick/backup singer/choreographer for M.I.A.) caught our attention three years ago with their scorching, dancehall-inflected U.K. club banger “Adeyhey.” After a two-year hiatus, Damon and Cherry have reconvened De Tropix for a new five-song EP, The Skyward, that takes their sound in a moodier, more expansive direction while still retaining the dancehall- and soca-fied undercurrents that grabbed us the first time around.

Stream "All the Dots" featuring Afrikan Boy below and hear the full EP over at LargeUp.

>>>Stream: De Tropix The Skyward EP (via LargeUp)

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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