Exclusive Poirier Giveaway: Where Yuh From Remix

In honour of Poirier’s debut EP for Mixpak, Soca Road, dropping on the 17th January, the Montreal producer has given us a free slice of soca to prepare your ears. ‘Where Yuh From’ by Trini outfit Kes The Band was already a synthed-out party track but Poirier flips it into a hyper-energetic, bass-bin driven tune bound to test your wag-raving abilities.

Download it below and watch out for more Soca Road updates soon.

Kes The Band – Where Yuh From (Poirier Remix – Work That Riddim) by Poirier

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Champion Xmas Mix for 1Xtra

Champion’s BBC 1Xtra Xmas Mix – 13/12/11 by Champion on Mixcloud

One of the UK’s most exciting producers, Champion, has just put together this Christmas present, courtesy of 1Xtra. It’s not very festive, but hell it’s full of brand new and upfront productions from the man himself, Funkystepz, Terror Danjah and more. Download it here.

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Mixpak Interview Series: Douster

It’s hard to believe that French producer Douster only bounced onto the scene around two years ago with his fresh take on tropical rhythms from all over the world. His influences and taste for the globalized beat run as wide as the labels he’s released on, from Akwaaba to ZZK. After a small hiatus, he has now reappeared on the scene only to announce the launch of his new label, Bebup, with good friend Benjamin Collet and the release of a brand new (free) EP, Boom Shaka Laka, on Mad Decent’s new Jeffree’s imprint. Before he flew off to South America for a two-month long tour, we spoke on the phone about his new label, his upcoming tracks for Mixpak and his love of Hip Hop.

So you’ve been away for a while, what have you been doing?

I wasn’t doing nothing, I’ve been making a lot of music! I had a big break with the Lion King thing so I got a lot of bookings for that tropical kind of stuff and the truth is I wasn’t really producing much tropical stuff so it didn’t really make sense and I didn’t really want to stay in that vein, so I did a lot of personal projects, like with rapper friends from Chile, friends from Seattle and here in Lyon, so I’ve doing music but not releasing it. Now I have a lot of tracks that I don’t know what to do with!

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This Week In Twitter

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

Poirier Mixpak chart feat. @Stylogee @schlachthofbrnx @buraka @mczulu @boogat_oficial & more http://bit.ly/w1sK0R

schlachthofbronxschlachthofbronx: RT “@Mixmag: TOP TUNES OF 2011: 53. @schlachthofbrnx – Chambacu (@maddecent) http://www.mixmag.net/events/holidays/tunes-of-the-year-no-55–51

rollercoasteryorollercoasteryo:Get the massive @BertOnBeats remix for @TCDNB free! – http://rollercoastermag.com/1427/tc-burning-starlight-bert-on-beats-remix

deejaymoscadeejay mosca: RT @LauraJoDavis: @sammoir Interview with @deejaymosca blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/12/13/mos

DousterDouster: Go get my New EP for free @ thejeffrees.com !! http://jeffrees.tumblr.com/post/14264366285/visit-thejeffrees-com-for-all-the-latest-jeffree

PoirierSoundPoirierSound: In a month, the release of Soca Road EP with @Mixpak http://www.junodownload.com/products/soca-road-ep/1873368-02/

ukmeleukmele: staying close to home for NYE who’s coming thisssss? http://www.facebook.com/events/284083828300829/

If you like my stuff, check out my mix on the SOUND PELLEGRINO podcast. I’m very proud of this one, a lot of… fb.me/17am5scuM

Dre SkullDre Skull: Locking in on the final mix of Popcaan’s new single out on @Mixpak January 2012…go follow @PopcaanMusic

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Corcovado – You Don’t Know

Corcovado released another track for free download on his Soundcloud. “You Don’t Know” is a heavy, experimental hip-hop synth slugger, a tall glass of Trap-a-hol.


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Top Vybz Collaborations

Last week saw the long-awaited release of Vybz Kartel’s collaboration with Pusha T for the Half on A Baby remix. Of course, this was not the first time that Pusha and Vybz laid their voices on the same track, ‘Double Down’ has long been a staple in the crate of the dancehall hip hop fan. In fact, Vybz has probably done more successful and cross-genre collaborations than any other dancehall artist, lending his distinctive voice as far flung as electro and reggaeton. The finest duos always come when they actually record together and don’t just lay down a verse in a studio a million miles away, so some of the Jamaican ones are still top.

Here are a very subjective top ten of Vybz’s best collaborations across the genres, focussing on his best verses and versitility, not the biggest hits (case in point: ‘Pon di Floor’) and not including any Pusha T.

10. ‘Dangerous’ with Cormega

A dangerous take on Conroy Smith’s classic with NYC rapper Cormega. Big bassline and some fighting talk from Kartel.

9. ‘We Going Mad’ with KMC

Aside from maintaining a Palance-based injury, this is one of the only soca songs thats hook might make you cry. He’s not wrong when he says ‘KMC and Kartel, carnival a start well’. Feel my vybz now, feel my melody.

8. ‘Bad Man’ with Missy Elliott and M.I.A.

A huge Jaws-inspired bassline and Missy rocking the patois. Triple threat tune with three deejays from different contintents.

7. ‘High Altitude’ with Bounty Killer & Baby G & Don Corleon

Big weed tune with some serious fast chat from Kartel.

6. ‘Breast Specialist’ with Beenie Man

The two Gaza kings unite to tell the world, very scientifically, how familiar they are with a certain part of a lady’s body.

5. ‘Why You Doing It’ parts 1/2 with Wayne Marshall (& ‘So High’ with Bounty Killer & Wayne Marshall)

Wayne Marshall & Kartel work so well together, so well in fact that they did two versions of the same song, first on the Krazy riddim and then the Good 2 Go.

4. ‘Weh Dem A Go’ with Jah Vinci

Before Jah Vinci fell out with the Gaza Camp, the two made this brilliant collaboration, with a huge hook from Jah Vinci and some real intense Kartel.

3. ‘Clarks’ with Popcaan & Gaza Slim

The biggest ode to the Clarks Original, Kartel brought in his two young proteges, Popcaan & Gaza Slim for guest verses. Last year’s biggest dancehall tune, this one is forever.

2. ‘Ramping Shop’ with Spice

One of the best dancehall love songs of the last decade, this collaboration with Spice is not for the prudish but really shows off Vybz’ versatility (so, incidentally does ‘Versatility’) and penchant for the slow jam.

1. ‘New Millennium’ with Wayne Marshall

‘New Millennium’ in many ways was a new millennium for dancehall, this is one of the best Kartel tunes out there hands down, his flow is near unmatchable in this song. And the video is like dancehall meets TRON, win win.

For more Vybz collabs, be sure to check Eminem, Indu, Rihanna, Sheba, Mavado, Aidonia, Gaza Slim, Pitbull, Russian, and all the others I’ve forgotten…

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