WE PRETTY MUCH JUST HOPPED OUT THE 11,000 WATT TANNIN BED WIT THE SNAKESKIN HANDLES AND ON THE WAY TO GET OUR NAILS DID WE STOPPED AT DJ HOODCORE’S TO MAKE A SXC BEAT.
A SXC trap beat and a cyber-SXC video to go with it…
Artwork by DJ Hoodcore and track mastering by Subsequent Mastering.
Supergenius Records will…explore various genres and take many different directions, influenced by Koyote’s obsession for ghetto music but also soul and blaxploitation, psychedelic rock, French impressionist music and Memphis rap – imagine having Mr Fingers, Omar S, Curtis Mayfield, Frank Zappa, Erik Satie & Juicy J caught in a studio with only a karaoke machine…
Supergenius Records will expose unreleased material by Koyote himself and collaborations with other artists as well as new and developing talents. The first release, “Mystery Makes Me Horny”, by former Institubes DJ Out One, is an outsider take on ghetto house from a Parisian producer sharing Koyote’s “everything goes” ethos.
Mixpak FM 035 comes from BD1982, Japan-based producer who co-runs the Diskotopia label and forms part of the Seclusiasis crew. Having first caught our attention with his 2011 release, ‘Shotta Pon Di Corner’, he has since been releasing records on Think 2wice, Diskotopia, Silverback Recordings and his latest EP, out today on B.YRSELF division. With influences that run as far and wide as dancehall to italo-horror soundtracks, his sound is constantly moving and changing.
His Mixpak FM features his own productions alongside big UK underground sounds – from Slackk to Samoyed.
“Like A Renegade” is the first single off of Juice’s much anticipated I DON’T WANT TO GO INTO THE DARKNESS, full length. The single has a Beastie Boys, Rap-Rock, road anthem feel (see the track “High Planes Drifter” on Paul’s Boutique) and Juiceboxxx’s songwriting knack is on full display as he balances heavy themes of identity with a party-rager levity. The single bodes well for the rest of the full length, and if you’re feeling generous, Boxxx is taking donations for the launch of his new energy drink and record label. Check out more HERE.
A roundup of this week’s choice twitter posts from Mixpak artists, remixers and extended family.
NatalieStorm: New punanilogue! All about virginity…check it out! #PunanyMonologues http://largeup.okayplayer.com/2012/05/31/the-punany-monologues-natalie-storm-reclaims-her-virginity/
famouseno: listen to a clip of my radio show from last mon if you bored http://soundcloud.com/famouseno/sub-fm-show-snippet-28-05-11
PoirerSound: Upcoming @PoirierSound Alert Riddim EP on @manrecordings feat. @NatalieStorm @MCZulu @IamFaceT Out June 22nd! #dancehall
PopcaanMusic: 6pm today watch youtube/popcaanmusic for fry yiy viral video
djsliink: My Fave Project Right Now <3 http://soundcloud.com/djsliinkbbc/nadus-scratchin-me-up-djsliink
Drake: We get gyal eeeeaasy.
Machel Montano was only officially crowned Soca Monarch for the first time in 2011, despite being the genre’s most celebrated and prolific artist since bouncing onto the scene at the tender age of 8 years old with ‘Too Young To Soca’. 30 years and as many albums on, Machel is still the artist constantly pushing soca and Caribbean music forward, known for his super-human energy on stage and in business. True to his ethos of ‘never say never’ Machel has just made a rare appearance on a dancehall riddim for Mixpak, the Loudspeaker Riddim produced by our own Dre Skull, and we spoke to him on the phone from his house/studio in Trinidad & Tobago; talking child stars, his show on 1xtra, soca as competition and his sex chair…
So I hear you were just on stage with Chaka Khan this week? How was that?
It was fabulous. We did ‘Ain’t Nobody’ together, it was her final song in a performance she did for Mother’s Day.
You must be used to sharing the stage with people since you’ve been doing it for so long now. I guess a lot of people over here know about how you’re running things in soca now, but perhaps they don’t know that you were so young when you started out – how did you end up being a star at the age of 9?
When I started, I wasn’t involved in music at all. My brother was learning the guitar, and he would have to play the guitar and sing for his homework and he would call me and take advantage of me and say ‘yo, come here and sing for me while I play’, cos he had no rhythm, so I would start singing his homework while he would try to play the chords on the guitar. I wasn’t very into it. But my mum thought I had a good voice so she decided to take me to vocal training and I started singing in calypso competitions in school. Then they asked me to represent them on a national level, so I went into the competition the first year at the age of 9 and won, and I became an instant phenomenon across the country because everyone was amazed that this young kid was singing like a big man and talking about school teachers being late and setting the wrong example; it was a bit controversial.
Then somebody came to my school and asked me to open for Mighty Sparrow and Lord Kitchener, who were the big calypsonian artists in those days. They asked me to open at Madison Square Gardens and took me to New York and then I went on to Paris and started going on tour to Europe. So I was pulled into that league very early. This in itself brought more controversy because there were no child stars in calypso or soca at that time, so they said ‘look, you’re too young to do this, you shouldn’t be singing or performing’. So we decided to do a record, our first record, and we decided to call it ‘Too Young To Soca’, that was when I was 10 going on 11. It became the biggest song in the country, it attracted a lot of attention and was signed by Eddy Grant and released across London and Europe by him. That put me in the recording business right then.
J-wow of Buraka fame has a brand new alias in town, BRANKO! Out today on Mad Decent’s Jeffree’s imprint, his first release under this name features 18-year old Florida rapper Dominique Young Unique. They’re ‘Going In Hard’, get it here.
Poirier is back with a brand new mixtape in celebration of the return of Montreal party Sud-West, featuring his own productions, Montreal MC Face-T, Mixpak songstress Natalie Storm, Busy Signal, Konshens and more.