Liminal Sounds tapped Wildlife! for an interview and mix where he discusses his online beginnings with Mixpak, his most recent release, Patterns, and the music making process. Peep the end-of-summer mix below, which includes tracks form Arca, Tim Hecker, Sami Baha and many more.
I built Blacklight riddim a number of years back and recorded Tifa’s “Rock My Body” on it, thinking it would be a Mixpak single. Before I released it, RCA heard the track and wanted to use it for Shakira, with their idea being to keep the hook and rework the verses. So for about a year or so it was on hold with them. They got a number of different writers, from Angela Hunte to Verse Simmonds, to write verses with Shakira in mind. In the end, Shakira went in a very different direction and it wasn’t used. Once [RCA] passed on it, I started playing with the track and reworking the instrumental a bit and decided to release it as a proper riddim, so I took it to Kingston this past February and got some new voicings.
He was also recently interviewed by Hattie Collins for Red Bull, discussing his album, to perceptions of Jamaica and shooting The System video:
’Nuff people say Jamaica is the worst place. We have a saying where I grew up, ‘The best come from the worst’. It’s a small place, very small, people say all kind of bad things about it. But I feel it’s how people try to paint a bad picture about Jamaica – why? So much positive things come out of Jamaica. They say Jamaica is a violent place. People come and party and they say ‘If you go to the garrison people will come shoot you’. It’s people trying to say bad things – why, when we have good vibes?
Check out last week’s Palmistry interview on The Fader, for their ‘Dollars to Pounds’ series. He discusses how he came to make music, some of his processes, his collaborations with SOPHIE, how the video for ‘Catch’ was made and being #emotional. Read the interview in full here and watch out for more Palmistry on Mixpak soon.
We’re celebrating the release of the first single from Popcaan’s new album today on Radio Lily. Tune in to our regular Mixpak Sound System slot at 6pm EST on www.radiolily.com to hear Dubbel Dutch, Jubilee & Dre Skull in the mix followed by a live interview with Popcaan in Jamaica with Max Glazer.