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?
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.
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.
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.
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.)