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.
So Jubilee dropped this out of thin air like Beyonce back in december. The talented DJ/Producer has released this one on Mixpak and is a great example of how they do things. This track is a great mix of reggaeton and dancehall with a hint of crickets in the background (which you really notice when wearing headphones).I’m really curious to see a foundation style MC tackle this one day. You can grab the track over at Mixpak HQ.
The latest EP to drop on Mixpak is one from Mr One Hundred and it brings soca to a whole new level. The EP features samples from soca dream team Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons and sounds a little bit like if DJ Funk went to T&T for carnival. Get wukking and wining! You can stream the tunes below or buy it here. Get ready to wuk and wine!
Beenie Man’s newest protege (although he has been around for a while Douster’s Dollar Sign for example) he gets his own time to shine on Head a Bunx. Produced by Dre Day productions (1 of our fave producers at the moment) this is Kantana’s announcement song. That announcement being that he is an artist to listen to.