Jul 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: #Mixpak

Mixtape Mondays: Dubbel Dutch, Jus’ Now, So Shifty, Tropkillaz

Words by Deejay Theory 

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Some mammoth tropical explosions on deck this week at Mixtape Mondays with big energy, bass and vibes bussing from every corner. Summer going up! up! up!

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AUDIO: Soca Meets Techno on Mr. One Hundred’s “Palm Tree Destruction”

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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With soca steadily gaining momentum on the international music scene, and its following growing steadily, sub-genres and other interpretations of the culture are inevitably emerging from the most unexpected places. One such place is in the music of St. Louis, Missouri native Mr. One Hundred (a/k/a Paul B Davis), the newest act on the Mixpak Records roster.

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Interpretive Dancehall: Puma Dance Dictionary x Dre Skull x Popcaan

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In dancehall, there is a dance for pretty much every word, action and emotion in existence. You’ve got “difficult,” “sufferer,” “confused,” even “shovel.” One could probably speak in full sentences using only party dances. Puma has launched a creative ad campaign for their Sync fragrance line called “Dance Dictionary” that is something like that, minus the Jamaican party dances. You can visit their website, www.pumadancedictionary.com, to see how folks like Dancehall Funk instructor (and choreographer of French Montana ‘s “Freaks” video) Dionne Renee and Brooklyn flexer Storyboard P use popping, waving, gliding, twerking and the like to communicate a variety of messages.

And they haven’t stopped at simple phrases. Puma has collaborated with Mixpak Records to bring us a super dope interpretation of producer Dre Skull‘s new single “First Time” featuring the entrancing vocals of Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan. The song is not your typical dancehall track so it’s fitting that, in the video, the dancers (including Ms. Renee and Storyboard P) are fully clothed and keep their legs firmly planted on the ground. We think the collaboration is a good look for all and it’s got us thinking about some other songs we’d like to see put through the dictionary. Check out the video below:

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Row Like a King: Watch Beenie Man’s “Super Model” Video

Words by Emily Shapiro—

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Yesterday, the self-proclaimed King of the Dancehall released a new video for his tune “Super Model,” and it’s no surprise that the only modesty in King Beenie’s video is the shabby rowboat he has filled with fly, half-naked women. The song is on Dre Skull’s Kling Klang riddim, which has already spawned videos from Popcaan (for “So We Do It”) and Tifa (for “Champion Bubbler.”)

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Fashion Fridays: Popcaan x Mixpak Records Tees

Words by Emily Shapiro—

In 2011, dancehall artist Popcaan supplied us with a ton of hits and proved he was a solo artist with staying power. And he’s hit the ground running in 2012, releasing both a video for “Only Man She Wants” and a new single “Get Gyal Easy,” all in the first week. (Stream both here). Now, Poppy, who’s been known to sport some bold fashions, is trying his hand at fashion and has linked with Brooklyn Mixpak Records, whose Dre Skull was behind “Get Gyal Easy,” for a line of merchandise. The first items are the “Get Gyal Easy” t-shirts featured above, but we understand there’s plenty more to come from the Mixpak/Popcaan axis, both musically and gear-wise, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the shirts are currently available for pre-order in the Mixpak shop.

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