Popcaan at Scandinavia Reggae Festival

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Popcaan plays live with the Dub Akon band at Scandinavia Reggae Festival this weekend in Copenhagen! Tickets and info here.

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?

Read in full here.

Palmistry Interview on The Fader

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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.

Popcaan on Radio Lily

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.

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.

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.

Dre Skull on XLR8R

XLR8R ran a feature on Dre Skull & Mixpak this week:

“My take on a modern music listener is that they’re open to listening to a lot of different music,” says Dre, explaining the label’s ethos. “Throughout the day, they’ll listen to a dancehall mix, a deep-house mix, Pandora, and all these other things. It’s like what Afrika Bambaataa was doing—if he liked it and he felt like it would get the club rocking, he would drop it. Whether that’s a good business model, I don’t know. It’s definitely more complicated. But for me to do a narrowly focused label feels like a fraud. I would feel like I was selling my interests and my passions short. I feel, in a way, that I’ve chosen a harder battle, but I don’t think I could have chosen another way.”

Read it in full here.