Mixtape Mondays: Close Connections x Machel Montano, Poirier, Blessed Coast Words by DJ Theory — Cruising right into 2013, we’ve got your regular fuel of mixtapes to charge through another week. A triple-stacked soca tribute from NYC meets global bass from Canada and dancehall remixes from the Northwest. Whey yuh sey Monday? Close Connections, 3 Zero: The Best of Machel: Brooklyn’s Close Connections ring in the soca season with this blazing tribute to the big boss and reigning dual soca monarch, Machel Montano. Close Connections brings 30 years of the artist’s career, from youth to superstar, together over 70+ tracks to properly salute Machel and ease us right into carnival. Both groovy and power soca vibes handle the ride, giving Machel fans a handsome late X-mas bonus, and newcomers to the genre a healthy introduction. Stream below, download here, and also cop Close Connections’ new carnival preview mix Carnival Foreplay 2013 here. Poirier, Cosmopolitan Bass: Our guy Poirier just re-released an older tape of his, one that I used to bump regularly when he first put it out in ’08. Dubbed Cosmopolitan Bass, the mix is an exploration through various global bass landscapes, territory that Poirier has always handled properly. From his home base of Montreal, to Martinique, Burkina Faso, Sweden, Brazil, South Africa, UK, and back again, Ghislain brought it all together with this tape and now re-upped it just for you. Get more familiar with some new global sounds via his recent Francophone top 10 list. Stream and download below, tracklist here. Blessed Coast, Wine Pon Di Edge: Big new mix from Northwestern heavy hitters Blessed Coast Sound. Churning out a solid 80+ tracks of 2012 dancehall favorites, Blessed Coast put a highlight on the remixes, including almost 30 exclusive remixes from the team themselves. Peppered with some bad dubplates, some of our dancehall picks from last year and a few cuts from their extended Blessed Coast and Dynasty Records camps, this one goes hard. Stream and download below, tracklist here.