Whenever we hear that Dre Skull is releasing a dancehall riddim we know we are in for a treat, Smoke Machine, Kling Klang, Loudspeaker are all staples in our sets and Blacklight Riddim was another favourite from the minute we heard it. Dre Skull also has a skill of picking the perfect artists for his riddims, with four cuts from Konshens, QQ, Spice and Tifa all giving it their best, there’s no need for any more.
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It’s hard for us to write about this song. Murlo is incredibly talented and the way he works is unlike any other producer. We sometimes get the privilege to listen to sketches occasionally and sometimes we hear stuff fully formed. We have close to 70 songs of his that he has made over the years.
This one is a track that we love, from the initial sketches, to it being fully formed. I remember where I heard it the first time, I remember begging him to play it at raves (if only to somehow try and lift it from him). All the trials and tribulations only add to a song that I hope will be adding to his defining work. A song that we hope connects with people in the same way that other songs do.
Love You Bad is the second tune from Where We Come From to get a video treatment and it is truly beautiful! Check it out above and put the album on your Christmas list if you haven’t got it already!
We are so ready for this one! It’s Akito’s birthday and things are definitely going to get wavey this Saturday night at Hub16. We are really looking forward to djing alongside Famous Eno, Fools & Rushmore, Moleskin and of course the Sub Skank djs. If you managed to RSVP and get your name on the list we will see you on the dancefloor! #ridethetsunami
We are really looking forward to supporting one of our favourite producers Dubbel Dutch this Friday at Forever at Birthdays. Dubbel Dutch is part of the Mixpak family and is one of the producers behind the recent Popcaan album as well as a stream of remixes spanning RnB, afropop and dancehall that we have been rinsing at our parties over the past few years. If you are in Manchester this week you can catch him at Frontin alongside Jus Now, but for the London crew all roads lead to Birthdays this Friday! More info and tickets here.
Yesterday Popcaan released his debut album Where We Come From on Mixpak with help from strong production team Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Anju Blaxx, Adde Instrumentals and Jamie Roberts and trust us it was worth waiting for. On the production side each producer has excelled and every tune on the album is sounding clean, crisp, considered and perfect for Popcaan’s vocal styling.
Popcaan has really grown as an artist and on this album he proves himself as the Unruly Boss, stepping away from party anthems like Ravin and Party Shot for a second to lament over a solitary steel pan on Ghetto (Tired of Crying) and to give his commentary on the status quo on The System. The album of course has some tunes that are more on the slack side like Number One Freak, Love Yuh Bad, and Cool It with Poppy showing his Gallis side with brilliant lines like
any line from Naughty Girl weh mi quote, pum pum run like Usain Bolt
The album includes Everything Nice which has become an anthem since its release. We’ve seen artists like Konshens, Aidonia and Stylo G show their support for the tune on instagram, videos of crowds call for forwards at JA parties, and people vibing to it as the lights turn on at the end of our parties.
Our favourites so far are Addicted, Cool It and Ghetto (Tired of Crying) but as twitter conversations yesterday proved the favourites will probably keep rotating. This is truly the sign of a great album.
The album ends Popcaan telling his story on the title track, which reminds us a little of Drake’s Started From The Bottom. Popcaan is reflecting on his journey so far from dreaming big to meeting World Boss to ‘bussing a spliff in the dream car’ while never forgetting his beginnings.
Real thugs never forget the dump land or where mi come from
As the tune fades out it makes you want more and there is no doubt in our minds that there is a lot more to come from the Unruly Boss.
Stream the album below or buy it here.