Apr 19, 2014
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Posts tagged: Dre Skull

Kartel’s Kingston Deluxe: Hear It Now Here

Words by Erin MacLeod—

It was a big deal when the Dre Skull-produced Kingston Story dropped last year. Matching the innovative and interesting riddims of the MixPak label boss with the equally innovative and interesting lyrics of dancehall’s Werl’ Boss, the album has been selling digitally and singles picking up radio and sound system play from NYC to KIN. Now, thanks to Vice Records, Kingston Story is getting the full vinyl and CD treatment–available August 13. And, of course, there will be some extra goodies tucked in to the album for good measure.  Thing is, you don’t have to wait to listen. You can check out the record (and the extras) right here.

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Mixtape Mondays: The Heatwave, Saydis, WILDLIFE!, Murlo

Words by DJ Theory —

Big Mixtape Mondays on deck today, celebrating 50 years of JA raving in the UK, JA Independence Day and of course good music worldwide. A string of essential classics, UK bashment, bass, dancehall, hip hop and more squeeze their way in this week, with big sounds and vibes from Switzerland, UK, NYC and JA. Get some below:

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Video: Beenie Man, “Hot Like Fire”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dre Skull and Mixpak Records aren’t playing around when it comes to hyping this summer’s Loudspeaker riddim. Just a week after releasing the first video, for Popcaan’s “The System,” from the riddim, already they’ve got a second for us, in Beenie Man’s “Hot Like Fire.” In fact, Dre has suggested that there may be videos for each of the four songs from the riddim—the others being Machel Montano’s “Go Down” and Natalie Storm’s “Rock the Runway” in the wings.  Along with the usual Kingston visuals, “Hot Like Fire” also takes us to a side of Kingston (or more specifically the villages on its outskirts) we can’t ever recall seeing in a dancehall video before: a bauxite mine.

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Audio: Popcaan x Dre Skull, “The System”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via The Fader

Last week, we brought you the world premiere of the first tune from Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker riddim, Machel Montano’s “Go Down.” A few days on and we now have Popcaan’s “The System” taking things in a completely different direction—both for the riddim and the artist himself. Known for his breezy party tunes, Poppi throws his hat into the social commentary arena with “The System,” and he wears it well. The Vybz Kartel heir apparent is rapidly developing as an artist, and, after hearing “The System,” it seems conscious material will be part of his repertoire. Stream it below, and look out for more tunes from Loudspeaker to drop soon, via Mixpak.

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LargeUp Premiere: Machel Montano x Dre Skull = “Go Down”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

For his new Loudspeaker riddim, Dre Skull of Mixpak Records and Vybz Kartel’s Kingston Story fame has connected with none other than the reigning Groovy and Power Soca monarch, Machel Montano. While Machel has been known to step out of his high-BPM soca comfort zone on occasion, you’ve never heard him on a pure dancehall riddim quite like this before. This one is definitely gonna make both the gyuls and gyals go dung this summer, in what we expect will be a sexy show of Trini-JA dancefloor solidarity. Stream “Go Down” below, preview the rest of the tunes here, and look out for the full riddim release, also featuring Beenie Man, Popcaan and Natalie Storm, here on May 22.

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High Fidelity: Dre Skull’s Loudspeaker Riddim

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Dre Skull and Mixpak Records have an excellent new riddim called Loudspeaker on the way May 22, and they’ve just released this clip hosted by our bredrin Walshy Fire as a preview of what’s in store. The ethereal riddim itself has nuff vibes, and the release has some of our favorite artists: Popcaan, Beenie Man, Machel Montano and our very own Punany Monologues columnist Natalie Storm. Feel like there’s a summer anthem in there somewhere but can’t quite call which it is yet. Which one do you think will buss?

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