JA producer TJ, responsible for big riddims like Snapback and Bottle Party this year, not to mention Unfinished Business and Show Off from way back, has just dropped his latest: Smudge. This one is a nice slice of island pop, featuring voicings from Demarco, Laden, Bugle and this from Popcaan, ‘Party Shot’, another on-point party tune from the ‘Raving king’:
Today sees a brand new collaboration between Mixpak and NYC dancehall stalwart, Max Glazer, of Federation Sound. Max will be contributing regularly to the Mixpak blog and this month his offering is an introduction to what’s rocking their soundsystems at Federation right now. Take it away Max:
Collie Buddz – Too Watchy [Upsetta Records]
“Too watchy” is basically just a perfect one drop song. Collie Buddz has been consistently making great music since he debuted with “Come Around”. Sometimes people have been taking notice, sometimes they haven’t but he has kept the quality control that is mostly missing in dancehall. No matter how many I times I play this I am still not sick of hearing it… Pull up again!
This one really has more ton than moombah, so the genre tag moombahsoul is a bit iffy. But it’s got soul for sure. “Scratchin’” is a wordless love letter written in dembow riddims. How about almaton? Anyway, this fire track comes from Newark’s own Nadus, a young DJ and producer from Brick Bandits makin moves. Whether it’s Jersey and Baltimore club or juke and moombahton, he likes to keep it diverse, and it’s beginning to attract attention. His remix of Mixpak FM alum Mike Q was just released on Fade to Mind, and two more remixes are soon to come on Fool’s Gold and T&A. If you like this, there’s another free download over on Culture System. (Art by Chul hwee Kim.)