Popcaan Fader Cover

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We’re happy to announce that Popcaan is on the cover of The Fader’s summer issue! Here’s a snippet from the story, written by Jesse Serwer:

“For any number of reasons, Popcaan appears to be the artist best suited to pick up the mantle and lead dancehall to its future. For one thing, there’s the consistent quality of the hits he’s churned out over the last four years: the hopeful “Dream,” the summer party soundtracks “Ravin’” and “Party Shot,” the astute social commentary of “The System.” But even more importantly, there’s something fresh-faced about his approach, as if he’s learned from the mistakes of his forebears. Though he’s not lacking in street cred or self-confidence, he’s got a friendly, boy-next-door quality that stands in stark contrast to the generation of badman dancehall stars before him—guys like Kartel, Mavado and Aidonia, whose lyrical aggression and personal carriage insist that you keep your distance. It’s also in contrast to Tommy Lee Sparta and Alkaline, fellow Kartel acolytes who represent Popcaan’s closest competition among young dancehall acts, but whose shock tactic-driven popularity feels more calculated and fleeting (Tommy Lee Sparta is famous for using satanic imagery in his songs; Alkaline’s celebrity has grown partly on account of him tattooing his eyeballs). Whether Popcaan is howling over his favorite new words (lately he’s taken to addressing people—friend, foe or otherwise—as cock coob, a Popcaan-ization of “hen coop” that amuses him to no end) or watching Shrek movies on the couch of his manager’s apartment, the time I spend around Popcaan feels more like hanging out with a big kid than trailing the man-of-the-moment in one of music’s most cutthroat genres.”

Read in full here.

Buy Where We Come From here.

Jubilee x Four Color Zack x Tinashe

Tinashe JMZ Remix

We just dropped Jubilee’s latest, Brooklyn-inspired release, JMZ Riddim on Mixpak a couple of weeks back. To compliment the original and great for your DJ set, Four Color Zack has created this blend with Tinashe’s ’2 On’. Grab the free download and support the original!

Pre-order Popcaan – Where We Come From

Pre-order Popcaan - Where We Come From

Popcaan’s debut album, Where We Come From, will be released on Mixpak on June 10th! We’ve now revealed the full cover art, and the album is up for pre-order on iTunes.

Pre-order now!

Read about the album & the producers here.

Jubilee – JMZ Riddim Out Now!

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We’re excited to say we’ve just dropped Jubilee’s new release ‘JMZ Riddim’, exclusively available in the Mixpak store!

Following up from her critically acclaimed Miami themed ‘Pull Ova’ release, Jubilee’s second Mixpak EP for 2014 takes inspiration from her current surroundings – Brooklyn. With an original mix that draws on BK’s dancehall and reggaeton heritage and two remixes from the mysterious Thundridge that go deeper into spaced-out dub for the club, Jubilee brings yet more sounds to blast from your South Side drop top.

Check her live dates here.

Popcaan Subsite

Popcaan Subsite

‘Love Yuh Bad’, the second single from Popcaan’s album dropped yesterday via our brand new Popcaan site. We will be constantly updating the site, which includes all info and news on the album “Where We Come From”, including producer profiles, Popcaan bio, and an essay by musicologist Wayne Marshall:

“In turns uplifting and haunting, reverent and rude, Where We Come From gives voice, as the best reggae does, to the contradictions of life in a society rife with inequities and yet so rich. Whether odes to the ghetto or the good life, Popcaan’s lyrics bring realist portraits and utopian visions into dynamic tension. Songs about struggle and sex and happiness occupy the same space because they do. And whatever the topic, Popcaan’s infectious positivity comes through.”

Check the whole thing & bookmark: popcaan.mixpakrecords.com

Popcaan – ‘Love Yuh Bad’ Out Now

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“Love Yuh Bad” is the second single off of Popcaan’s much anticipated debut album, Where We Come From, which will be released on June 10th via Mixpak. Hot on the heels of the lead single “Everything Nice,” this sultry and energetic second single is a love song for the dance. Produced by Dre Skull (who also serves as the album’s executive producer), “Love Yuh Bad” pairs Popcaan’s signature melodiousness and catchy rhythmic flow with skipping percussion and driving strings. It wouldn’t be a Popcaan album without a wining song and “Love Yuh Bad” fully delivers the goods.

Buy it at iTunes / Mixpak Store.