Dre Skull Fader Interview

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The Fader interviewed Dre in conjunction with the new Blacklight Riddim release! Head here to read in full and a snippet on how it was made below:

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.

Stream: Murlo – Jasmine feat. Gemma Dunleavy

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Murlo’s Jasmine EP will be out on February 10th on Mixpak. The title track is now streaming via The Fader. Watch for ‘Deep Breath’ and a video coming soon! Pre-order the full release here.

Popcaan Fader Cover

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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.

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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’


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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’


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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