Q&A with Dylan Powe (Prodigal Entertainment)

Head of Prodigal Entertainment, Dylan Powe is a stalwart of the Jamaican music scene – from working on legendary Kingston street party, Passa Passa, to managing one of the island’s brightest talents, Natalie Storm. Last year he produced and released the innovative Showa Eski, the first in a trilogy of riddims designed to (re-)unite West Kingston with London – featuring 6 vocals from Jamaica and the UK – namely Wiley, Lady Chann and Ward 21. A year later, the second installment, Global Gangsta, is just about ready to go and is undoubtedly set to build on the solid foundation of Showa Eski, tying together the threads of Jamaican influence worldwide.

Over G-chat, I asked Dylan a few questions about the thinking behind the trilogy and his vision for Prodigal:

Mixpak: So how are things looking for Global Gangsta – do you have a date for release yet?

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November Mixpak Chart: Schlachthofbronx

This month’s Mixpak chart is chosen by German ravers extraordinaire, Schlachthofbronx. Not surprisingly, the 10 tracks are club hits from all around the world, running through the likes of Chicago, Jersey, Angola, Berlin, Latin America, the UK and Italy.

1 Chad B – Hit it

2 Feral – Chit Chat Club Mix

3 DJ Solo – What have you done?

4 DJ Dus – K le pasa

5 Modeselektor – Berlin

6 Vybz Kartel – Half on a Baby (Schlachthofbronx remix)

7 Tokyo feat DJ Swiggs – Come ride this thing

8 Buraka Som Sistema – (We Stay) Up All Night (feat Blaya & Roses Gabor)

9 Crookers – Hummus ft Hudmo

10 The Cartels – From The Back

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Bubble Gum Riddim

Brand new laid back riddim from Washroom Entertainment, (responsible for the Matrimoney riddim earlier this year) with a big cut from T.O.K., clearly taking influence from Stylo G’s UK hit, ‘Call Mi A Yardie’. Tifa also offers a breaking-up track, while Konshens is on a Rasta tip.

T.O.K – Yardie

Tifa – Nuh Want You No More

Konshens – Jah Love Me

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Dubbel Dutch on Just Jam

JUST JAM -EXCLUSIVE DUBBEL DUTCH SET from Tim and Barry tv on Vimeo.

On the London leg of his European tour, new Mixpak signee Dubbel Dutch stopped by Just Jam to drop a special live mix, complete with JJ’s usual entertaining VT. His set runs through his own productions (from his latest release on UTTU, ‘B Leave’, to his upcoming Mixpak release), his remix of ‘Wotless’ and even some Tony Matterhorn.

You can also download the DJ Q & TS7 remix of ‘B. Leave’ featured in his set over at Mista Jam’s website.

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This Week In Twitter

A roundup of this week’s choice twitter posts from Mixpak artists, remixers and extended family.

MixpakMixpak: Half on Baby Remixes out today on Mixpak! http://www.mixpakrecords.com/blog/2011/10/half-on-a-baby-remixes-out-today/

Surkin85Surkin85:Ever heard of Jersey Club music? Here is the perfect introduction to the genre by Sam Tiba… http://fb.me/Cejnm4Mn

L-VIS 1990L-VIS 1990: L-Vis 1990 Drops New Video – 2 Nov 2011 | Clash Music Latest Breaking Music News http://www.clashmusic.com/news/l-vis-1990-drops-new-video via @clash_music

SchlachthofbrnxSchlachthofbrnx: our juno november chart. http://fb.me/1qOAPIlsj

Renaissance ManRenaissance Man: Our label @turborecordings is hosting a RM competition, more info here: http://bit.ly/svmZ2C

dubbel dutchdubbel dutch: UK/EU tour officially over phew

The FaderThe Fader: Download @TheONlyMikeQ’s 90-Minute ball mix. FLIPS, TURNS, PAUSES, CLASSICS. http://bit.ly/ucAdWE

Dre SkullDre Skull: Listen to the previews of Dubbel Dutch’s first Mixpak EP http://bit.ly/sWnzyN and make sure you follow @dubbeldutch

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Boody – Guap

Money makes people do some dangerous things, and “Guap” cultivates the feel of someone ready to take serious risks to get it. Full of cloudy-headed vocal samples referencing the root of survival, the track starts backed into a corner. But its explosion is forewarned by sirens, sustained warbled synths, and rumbling bass. An organic drum palette snaps, dashing with intricate fills, heavy syncopation, and multiple polyrhythms. New York’s Boody is better known for fun, ravey tunes dispersed through his blog and label empire Palms Out Sounds. But this track sketches a darker portrait, one that Palms provides an escape from. (Image by Vincent Vander Cruyssen.)

Boody – “Guap” [Exclusive!]

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