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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…