This Sunday, Aug. 19, the mighty Inner Circle will celebrate Jamaica’s 50th with a New York City show at Central Park Summerstage. The epic lineup also includes fellow JA music legends the Mighty Diamonds and Israel Vibration. The event (which goes from 3p.m. to 7p.m.) is free for all, but to make it even sweeter, we’ve teamed with the Bad Boys of Reggae to offer a prize pack for five lucky winners. Here’s what each winner will get:
—VIP, skip-the-line admittance for you + a guest
—VIP reserved bleacher seating for you + a guest
—A pair of drink tickets
—An Inner Circle Presents: The Reggae Wave compilation CD
—A limited edition Inner Circle x Slightly Stoopid “No Cocaine” 7″ vinyl single
—A pair of autographed Inner Circle press photos
+ Plus More LargeUp and Inner Circle swag (stickers, pins, etc.)
To enter to win, tell us the name of your favorite Inner Circle song in the comments to this post. Winners will be contacted by e-mail, so be sure to leave your correct e-mail address while filling out the comment.
Inner Circle have been a reggae band for over 40 years but, in the midst of touring the world repping Jamaica in its50th year, they’ve taken an unexpected excursion into dubstep. They debuted their take on the sound live in Hawaii recently and now they’ve passed us the first track from their upcoming Dubshot Records LP, Dub Planet X. “Steppin’ Dub,” a version of the late Jackie Mittoo classic “Drum Song.”
The project, which falls closer musically to U.K. dub than say the brostep of Skrillex, is the baby of keyboardist Touter Harvey (who, in addition to his work with Inner Circle is certainly the only musician to have played with Bob Marley, the Beatles and Rolling Stones) and a tribute to Mittoo: other tracks feature dub versions of “Hot Milk,” and“Pennie Wallie.” Inner Circle visits New York for a Jamaica 50-themed concert at Central Park Summerstage with Israel Vibration and the Mighty Diamonds and, after the show, they’ll be debuting the tracks at an afterparty at venue Midtown 1015, alongside Rootz Underground, Prince Polo and Iris Ation and Rahtid Sound. Stream the tune, and see the info below.
Usain Bolt emphatically declared himself the world’s fastest man on Sunday by defending the 100m title he won so spectacularly in Beijing four years ago.
Bolt came away with an Olympic record of 9.63sec, the second-fastest time ever recorded, and a margin of victory of 0.12sec over countryman Yohan Blake, an enormous gap in a race of this magnitude. If he can follow this with a repeat gold in the 200m tomorrow, he will surely have won his case as the greatest sprinter we have ever seen.
Ahead of the 100m final, much was made of Bolt’s poor start, particularly after he false-started in the last year’s World Championships.
The reality is that Bolt has always been quite a good starter, with reaction times at least comparable to his main rivals. On Sunday, he reacted to the gun in 0.165sec (legal is 0.100sec, while the fastest recorded was 0.139sec).
That is faster than both Blake and Justin Gatlin (0.179sec and 0.178sec respectively). So Bolt was not cautious in response to the gun, as many had speculated he might be.
His problem, however, is the first 30m. This is where his height hinders him – it is difficult to get those long legs and arms “out the way” as he drives out of the blocks from the low start position.
For this reason, his rivals often get the jump on him. We saw exactly that on Sunday, as Blake and Gatlin to Bolt’s left both found themselves with a lead up to 40m, even though they were slower out of the blocks.
However, from 40m onwards, once up and running, Bolt is peerless. Those long legs, a disadvantage out of the blocks, now become one of his key advantages. Once he is running tall, he can use those levers to eat up the ground, reach top speeds faster than any other man in history, and maintain that speed for longer.
A sprinter typically hits top speeds of about 42km/h at the 60m mark of the race, and then begins a gradual slowing down until the finish line. For Bolt, that top speed has been clocked at over 44km/h, and he is able to limit the decline in speed more than his competitors.
In Sunday’s Olympic final, once he was level with Blake and Gatlin at 60m, there was only going to be one winner. To illustrate his height advantage, Bolt took 41 steps to run the race, compared with 46 for Blake and 42.5 for Gatlin.
It would be wrong, however, to say that Bolt is the world’s fastest man because he is tall – there are thousands of men as tall as Bolt who will never run 9.63sec.
The fact is, Bolt is good despite his height, because for most runners this kind of height is too big a barrier to overcome at the start. Bolt can do it and is exceptional because for a tall man, he has exceptional coordination and the ability to generate enormous forces in fractions of a second when his feet are on the ground.
The key to sprinting is not actually to move the legs quickly – research has revealed the amazing truth that Bolt, you and me are all able to swing our legs at about the same speed.
The difference is that the best sprinters use their legs as pistons which drive down and apply massive forces to the ground to propel their bodies back into the air for each step.
Bolt’s competitive advantage is those huge forces, applied in that fraction of a second, combined with his long strides.
This is the formula for a record-breaking Olympic champion.
Celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.
To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band’s 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite “Sweat,” Inner Circle’s brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.
The story of reggae group Israel Vibration’s success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo’s music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.
The Mighty Diamonds are the most consistent and long-running reggae trio in Jamaican musical history. For over forty years the group has been entertaining and educating the world with their conscious lyrics, soulful harmonies and polished performances that led them to become known as the reggae group with the Motown sound. Their debut album Right Time, has become a reggae classic while the single, “Pass the Kutchie” from the album Changes, became an international hit and has since been covered by reggae group, Musical Youth whose version “Pass the Dutchie” also garnered fame globally. With over forty albums released, the group remains a favorite of the dance hall crowd, roots and progressive audiences.
Head DJ of Eastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9 FM in New York City, DJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. He’ll celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary with far-ranging selections covering every era. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is the founder/producer of the popular Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. He also hosts a program on the Internet station Radio Lily.