Dre Skull Interview on SPIN

SPIN have just published this interview with Dre Skull, where he talks about life before Vybz, life with Snoop and a bunch more:

“For whatever reason, I’m most fascinated with pop music,” says Hershey, listing Miguel and 2 Chainz as artists who have inspired him. The Brooklynite’s fixation is present in the unity between his work’s supple structures and expectant melodies. And the subtle influence of hero Lee “Scratch” Perry, in particular, can be felt in the way his hits echo and resonate in their afterglow (Kartel’s “Half on a Baby,” for example). “In Kingston,” Hershey says, “dancehall DJs on the radio have a wide format and freedom in the music they play. On Zip FM, every genre is heard — disco mixed into house mixed into country mixed into dancehall.” His label’s releases mirror that philosophy: recent records traverse the deep waters of southern rap, underground club, house, and soca.

Read the full interview here.

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Murlo x Samrai x Fox

London’s Murlo, who has just contributed to our latest Mixpak Pressure series, has teamed up with Manchester producer Samrai & MC Fox for this bassline-tinged new one: ‘Uptown/Downtown’. It’s super exclusive for now, check the Rinse FM rip right here:

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So Shifty’s Mixpak Pressure Mixtape

Mixpak Pressure: Volume Two dropped this Tuesday (thanks to everyone who came to the party on Wednesday night, photos soon!), and to celebrate we asked So Shifty, who contributed ‘Darkas Riddim’ to the compilation, to put together a mix to showcase all the tracks in their blended glory. They delivered something special, complete with exclusives and blends. Out to Clash Magazine for the premiere!

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This Week In Twitter

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

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Jubilee & Star Eyes – Locked Mixtape

If you’ve heard Jubilee & Star Eyes first collaborative productions, ‘Merkwood Estates’ & ‘Locked’, or you saw their recent feature on URB, or you’ve ever seen them live, then you’ll know they’re two of grime’s biggest fans. They just dropped this mixtape (alongside a huge interview) for Gotta Dance Dirty, that runs through some huge tunes from the genre: from Rebound X to Spooky.

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Mixpak Pressure: Volume Two Out Today!

Mixpak Pressure: Volume Two is out today! Get it at iTunes / Juno / Boomkat now! A while in the making, we’re pleased to say it’s fully loaded: 12 instrumental tracks from producers across the world inspired by the dancehall sound. Spanning from melancholic to euphoric, the set is ready for dancefloors from Kingston to Boston.

Remember to come celebrate with us tomorrow night at The Flat in Brooklyn, Mixpak family in full effect – Rizzla, Jubilee, Dubbel Dutch and Dre Skull on the decks, and all for free! Check the Facebook event here.

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