Popcaan Fader Cover


We’re happy to announce that Popcaan is on the cover of The Fader’s summer issue! Here’s a snippet from the story, written by Jesse Serwer:

“For any number of reasons, Popcaan appears to be the artist best suited to pick up the mantle and lead dancehall to its future. For one thing, there’s the consistent quality of the hits he’s churned out over the last four years: the hopeful “Dream,” the summer party soundtracks “Ravin’” and “Party Shot,” the astute social commentary of “The System.” But even more importantly, there’s something fresh-faced about his approach, as if he’s learned from the mistakes of his forebears. Though he’s not lacking in street cred or self-confidence, he’s got a friendly, boy-next-door quality that stands in stark contrast to the generation of badman dancehall stars before him—guys like Kartel, Mavado and Aidonia, whose lyrical aggression and personal carriage insist that you keep your distance. It’s also in contrast to Tommy Lee Sparta and Alkaline, fellow Kartel acolytes who represent Popcaan’s closest competition among young dancehall acts, but whose shock tactic-driven popularity feels more calculated and fleeting (Tommy Lee Sparta is famous for using satanic imagery in his songs; Alkaline’s celebrity has grown partly on account of him tattooing his eyeballs). Whether Popcaan is howling over his favorite new words (lately he’s taken to addressing people—friend, foe or otherwise—as cock coob, a Popcaan-ization of “hen coop” that amuses him to no end) or watching Shrek movies on the couch of his manager’s apartment, the time I spend around Popcaan feels more like hanging out with a big kid than trailing the man-of-the-moment in one of music’s most cutthroat genres.”

Read in full here.

Buy Where We Come From here.

Popcaan x Fader

You know this year has been a good year for Popcaan, and it’s only about to get better into 2014. While we gear up to release his debut album, find out what he’s thankful for over at The Fader.

Mixpak will also be giving thanks to all our followers this week – so make sure you sign up to the mailing list!

Popcaan – ‘Poppy Says’

[Photo by Martei Korley]

It’s all go on the Popcaan news front – the video for ‘The System’ dropped just last week, followed by a medley video, a much deserved Gen F feature on The Fader, and now a new tune produced by TJ set for release next Tuesday. ‘Poppy Says’ on the Looking Glass riddim sees Hot Skull go in for the fast-flow & a serious falsetto.

Pre-order it here.

Preview Machel Montano – ‘Go Down’

[photo: Andrew Dosunmu]

Machel Montano’s cut on the Loudspeaker riddim is the first to get the full preview, thanks to Large Up and The Fader. Hear it in its entirety below and watch out for the release on Tuesday May 22nd:

Machel Montano – Go Down (Loudspeaker Riddim) by Mixpak

Jubilee Fader Mix

Jubilee dropped a mix for The Fader yesterday:

Here we have 43 minutes of non-stop party rock showcasing her Miami bass and breaks influences, manifest in two tracks from her new EP, Pop It!. Both “Overtown” and the EP’s title track conjure the sweaty, strobe-lit spaces where Jubilee reigns supreme with sassy vocal samples and unrelenting breakbeats.

Go get it here.

Dubbel Dutch Signs To Mixpak

We’re proud to announce the signing of Dubbel Dutch as an exclusive Mixpak artist, and excited for his brand new Hymn EP, set for release next month.

The Austin, TX, selector is an accomplished producer of cosmic tone poems and club anthems from the abyss; many claim his now-classic Throwback 12” on Palms Out Sounds saved their lives–or at least taught them a lesson in modern retrofitting. A chemistry of pre-hispanic shaman cries, YouTube videos of American microcosms, and 90s UK rave flyers make up his aesthetic, one which is not often associated with the Lone Star State. On Hymn, his debut EP for Mixpak, his methods havenʼt changed, but rather have become more refined.

For an insight into his new productions, check his remix of Lloyd’s ‘Lay It Down’, featured yesterday on The Fader :

Llyod, “Lay it Down (Dubbel Dutch Remix)” by The FADER

Or listen back to his guest spot on DJ Q’s show on BBC 1Xtra from earlier this week, where he discusses how he got his name, how he produces, and what he’s got in store for the next few months.

Watch this space for more Dubbel Dutch news, and check out his European tour dates here.