We should have posted this when it first came out but we didn’t. Instead we were chatting with fellow members of the scene about how good this is, how it’s an album setting single differentiating Popcaan’s recent work and the Mixpak work. In doing all that it made it hard to actually write about the song in a coherent way. So instead here are some bullet points.
Dubbel Dutch’s production is fantastic on this, Murlo mentioned how weighty it sounds in the club.
In his (Dubbel Dutch’s) interview on the Mixpak radio he mentions the fact that Popcaan has a great talent to find melodies. Although that ‘s always been right in front of us you don’t realise the fact that in a lot of Popcaan songs he has 3 things going on at the same time. It’s the difference between a song being forgettable and a song being good (see Unruly Rave).
Popcaan’s Ice Cube impersonation
Popcaan’s lyrical ability, especially his ability to relate to his audience.There is a lyric in unruly rave where he says to are having too fun fun you wont pick up your phone. In Everything Nice – Music a play till the speaker fuck up is one of the many non sequiturs that will stick in your head. It’s already become something you quote when you have a friend off to NY (maybe not that specific but when was the last time you thought you can quote a dancehall lyric to express that sort of emotion).
The single is out now, go and support it. If you wanted a club banger, I’m sure there will be at least one on the LP. The beauty with this is that Popcaan doesn’t flood the market and that means the cream will always rise to the top.
More nursey song slackness (made great by Kartel) from Popcaan. How can you not love a song that has the line is “Pum Pum pretty like Disneyland”. What does that even mean? Needless to say that song is great and the video is NSFW.
It’s no secret that we are big Dre Skull fans here at HDD HQ and this extra cut on loudspeaker riddim which features Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan on vocals is just divine. We are still debating what Megan says in the opening line but her vocals are haunting and soothing at the same time. Another reason to love the tune is that it was created as part of a Dre Skull/Puma collaboration to launch their dance dictionary project and the video features some of the world’s best dancers communicating some of the lyrics through dance. How could we not love it – especially the girl in the green disco pants!
The only way to pretty much guarantee a post on this site is a medley video and finally after a couple of months we have one. This time it’s for last year’s Overtime riddim. Gyptian, Mavado, Christopher Martin, Popcaan, Beenie Man and more. It may be Island pop is but the video is fantastic, even if it is just a smooth blend of all the artist’s individual ones.
We have been playing Kling Klang Riddim for a good few months now – our World Carnival #3 mix opened with Champion Bubbler and the riddim produced by Dre Skull was one of our top tunes of 2012 and the soundtrack to our World Carnival party video. The video for Popcaan’s cut So We Do It dropped two weeks ago and Tifa’s Champion Bubbler video dropped yesterday and boy were they worth waiting for! They were both directed by Andrew Capper on location in Jamaica and they are some of the best dancehall videos we have seen for some time – the Popcaan one is so good that Kazabon was worried about Popcaan’s safety! You can read more about Andy Capper’s work and his recent projects with Dre Skull in this interview by Suze Webb over on the Mixpak blog.