Heard in his DJ sets, his NTS radio show, and in the hands of tastemaker DJs from Bogota to Birmingham, now four of Florentino’s most sought after club bootlegs are finally available to the world, on a limited edition vinyl.
Inspired by grime’s white label culture, where top DJs competed to acquire the freshest exclusives, Contrabando takes a series of modern dancefloor classics and blends them with Florentino’s signature mutant reggaeton. Iconic samples collide with double-time dembows, twisted vocal samples, fluttering synths, and heavyweight sub bass.
A treatise on the recent history of global pop music that sounds best played loud in a dark club, Contrabando is true soundsystem music for the 23rd century.
1. El Sonido
2. Colombian Flute
4. Eres un Romantico 2.0
We just closed out another legendary weekend at Notting Hill Carnival! We kicked off with our party with The Heatwave at E1 London, ramming the venue with ravers eager to hear the hottest dancehall, afropop, and soca, and welcomed special guest Mr. Eazi, fresh off his “Body So Good” remix with Popcaan.
The Large hopped on NTS Radio with Hipsters Don’t Dance and Swing Ting as well as vocalist Spragga Benz.
Dre Skull played for a packed crowd at the Red Bull stage on Carnival Sunday, bringing out special guests Tony Matterhorn, Shenseea, and Alicai Harley.
And we ran a Carnival Special on Rinse FM, playing the biggest dancehall hits in preparation for the weekend.
All this and much more – it was an amazing weekend, always one of our favorites of the year.
Thanks to all the ravers and see you next year!
The reaction to Popcaan’s new album Forever has been amazing to read – it’s charted all over the world and been a hit with new fans and old. Check below for some thoughts about the album and Popcaan in his own words.
The Atlantic: “Popcaan Keeps Dancehall Moving Forward – With Its Roots Intact”
For Popcaan, then, this next chapter sees him moving both forward—to success, to an ever-expanding global fame—and back, to himself, to his family, to his roots both physical and symbolic…Forever is stirring as a work of art, but as a compass, it thrills.
The Fader: “Popcaan Resets all Expectations for Himself on Forever“
“It’s competitive pop music relatively unburdened by context, a new status quo.”
Vibe: Live from JA – “Popcaan Sets Tone for Dancehall Now and Forever on New LP”
“Once a carefree artist known as the Raving King, Popcaan has always used his music to speak truth. The Forever album is no exception.”
Rolling Stone: “When In Doubt this Summer, Just Play the New Popcaan Album”
“Forever, which was released on Friday, is the platonic ideal of a summer party album – something you can throw on at any point in time, in any group of people, and it will work well. “
Forever is out now on all platforms! Click here to listen.
The Mixpak family is hitting London for Notting Hill Carnival!!
This time we’ll be taking over one of Europe’s newest and most exciting venues, ‘E1 London.’ Located just a mile away from Shoreditch, E1 London is in the heart of the city. We’ll be bringing straight carnival vibes with our friends The Heatwave, testing out their renowned four-point Funktion One sound system and welcoming some very special guests – TBA soon!
Tickets are here – going fast so don’t sleep!
Update – just announced Afropop superstar Mr. Eazi will be joining us on stage!!
A month later, Popcaan will be hitting London for a spot at BBC Radio One’s 1Xtra Live. He’ll be joined by Stefflon Don, Chance the Rapper, and many more >>>
Tickets for that here!
See you in the Capital!