To celebrate 10 years since the release of Vybz Kartel’s classic album “Kingston Story”, Mixpak is releasing a special 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album. This release contains the original Deluxe Edition tracklist in full, with two never-before-heard bonus tracks “Drinkin & Smokin” — and a moody ode to living the high life with the crew— and “Ghetto Youth (Survival Song) – Acoustic” — a heartfelt song of struggle and survival.
The seed for “Kingston Story” was planted in August of 2009, when Vybz Kartel delivered the single “Yuh Love” for Mixpak and the single grew in Jamaica and then worldwide, remaining one of Kartel’s biggest songs to this day. In 2011, following the initial success of “Yuh Love”, Vybz Kartel and Dre Skull teamed up for the release of the full length album, “Kingston Story” which included singles “Yuh Love”, “Go Go Wine” and “Half On A Baby”. With “Kingston Story”, Kartel forwent his country’s traditional singles-based riddim culture, instead opting to record an expansive Dre Skull-produced concept album that released to much attention and critical acclaim, garnering Kartel the cover of the Fader magazine, profiles in Dazed & Confused, The New York Times and more.
Ten years later the “Kingston Story’s” impact is only more clear and Vybz Kartel’s place in the pantheon as the most important dancehall artist of the last twenty years more self-evident. Mixpak is proud to celebrate with the release of this 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.
Vybz Kartel’s “Kingston Story – 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” is out now!
We’re excited to share the brand new single from Mr Eazi and Dre Skull “Sekkle & Bop” featuring Popcaan.
On “Sekkle & Bop,” Dre Skull cooks up the kind of bashment riddim that has always resonated on dancefloors around the world. Minimal, with soundsystem ready low end and anchored by an earworming flute melody, it serves as the foundation for Mr Eazi and Popcaan to take control. Both vocalists ride the riddim with signature charisma and ease–effortlessly trading flows that conjure up timeless dancehall classics, commanding dancers and continuously building the energy.
Mr Eazi is one of Nigeria’s biggest global superstars and the founder of emPawa Africa and Jamaica’s Popcaan is a global dancehall superstar who released his first two albums on Mixpak and is now continuing his domination with OVO Sound. Together, they advance a long simmering cross-continental dialogue between afro-pop and dancehall that continues to produce gems. It’s a sensibility that is united by Mixpak label boss Dre Skull–known for his songwriting and production work with Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Drake, Wizkid, Jorja Smith, Davido and more.
“Sekkle & Bop” is a global summer anthem in the making.
Jubilee’s new album Call For Location is out now. LISTEN HERE.
Jubilee has been staying up all night since as long as anyone can remember. She grew up in South Florida on the sounds of Miami bass, freestyle and Dirty South rap blasting from local radio stations like Power 96 and 99 Jamz. Her debut record “After Hours” was a love letter to the music and culture of her native Florida.
Her sophomore LP “Call for Location” builds on this collection of late-night anthems and drum machine workouts. An homage to the rave hotlines of yesteryear, and also her insane travel schedule, her newest album is the result of three years of touring and producing; one foot in the studio one in the club. Much like her thrilling pan-genre DJ sets, “Call for Location” shows Jubilee off as a singular artist, connecting the dots between her own idiosyncratic musical narrative, playing with genre convention, geography and expertly navigating cutting-edge dance music in its many forms. Grime weight smashes into headbanging techno, bubbly Caribbean-informed rhythms share space with driving electro.
The record’s leadoff single, the powerful Macula-collaboration “Mami,” is a peak time club burner, both tough and sultry, and a perfect micro-encapsulation of Jubilee’s transcendent DJ style. “Fulla Curve”, a collaboration with the the young dancehall vocalist IQ, delivers an earworm worthy of the radio shows Jubilee grew up listening to. The feedback loop continues. “Call For Location” is the record of a dance music lifer, born of late nights and early mornings.