XLR8R Magazine Dre Skull Feature

September 17th, 2012

Photo By Francesca Tamse

Go check this Vivian Host penned Dre Skull feature for XLR8R magazine.

Boilerroom.tv: Dre Skull and Machel Montano

September 17th, 2012

In August I played the Red Bull Music Academy/Major Lazer Notting Hill Carnival party in London and Machel Montano joined me on stage for the last 20 minutes. Watch the full set above courtesy of Boiler Room or stream the audio as a podcast below.

Notting Hill Carnival

August 24th, 2012

Just touched down in London to play Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. My first gig is on Saturday with the HDD crew. Then on Monday I’m playing a special set at the Red Bull Music Academy/Major Lazer Notting Hill Carnival party and I’m excited to be bringing out Soca legend Machel Montano who will be joining me on stage during my set.

World Carnival
WHEN: Saturday, August 25th
WHERE: 588 Kingsland Road, E8 4AH London

Red Bull Music Academy/Major Lazer Carnival Party
WHEN: Monday, August 27th
WHERE: Notting Hill, London
COVER: Free w/ tickets

Kingston Story Deluxe Edition One Week Recap

August 21st, 2012

It’s been one week since the joint venture between Vice and Mixpak released Vybz Kartel’s “Kingston Story: Deluxe Edition” and here’s a brief recap of what’s been going on since the album dropped.

  • Noisey has photos and a recap of last Tuesday’s release party at Miss Lily’s.
  • During the release party, Dubbel Dutch, Max Glazer and I DJed. Check this hour long mix of Kartel dubs that Max Glazer dropped, followed by an interview with me, Max and Rob Kenner.
  • Billboard also came through the party and interviewed myself and Vice co-founder Suroosh Alvi on how this project came together.
  • In case you missed, we dropped a brand new video for the single “My Crew,” watch it now.
  • The Canadian paper The Globe and Mail reviewed the Deluxe Edition in print and online and gave it three and a half stars calling it “the tastiest dancehall/pop hybrid in at least a decade.”
  • And finally, LargeUp gave Kingston Story the ultimate compliment and ranked “Kingston Story” at number five in the top ten dancehall albums of the last twenty years. Check the full list.

Buy Kingston Story: Deluxe Edition on digital/vinyl/CD now!

Vybz Kartel’s “Kingston Story: Deluxe Edition” Out Now

August 14th, 2012

Vybz Kartel’s Kinston Story: Deluxe Edition is out today via Mixpak and Vice Records! Available now on Digital / CD / Double Vinyl.

Listen to the whole release here.

Today also sees the release of the video for the single “My Crew.” Shot on location in Portmore.

Vybz Kartel “Kingston Story: Deluxe Edition” Release Party

August 12th, 2012

Come celebrate the release of the Deluxe Edition of Vybz Kartel’s “Kingston Story” at Miss Lily’s in New York.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 14th
WHERE: 130 West Houston St NYC

Mixpak Extended Play w/ Dubbel Dutch and Smutlee

August 9th, 2012

Mixpak Extended Play is back in Brooklyn this weekend featuring Mixpak artist Dubbel Dutch and London badman Smutlee!

WHEN: Saturday, August 11th
WHERE: 70 North 6th, Brooklyn, NY
AGE: 21+
COVER: $5 before Midnight/$10 After

Additional details on Facebook.

Download: Vybz Kartel – My Crew

August 1st, 2012

Vybz Kartel - Kingston Story: Deluxe Edition

We’re giving away Vybz Kartel’s “My Crew” as a free download below…video coming soon.

Vice and Mixpak just released a new cut from dancehall progenitor Vybz Kartel in advance of a forthcoming video for the track “My Crew”. It’s from the deluxe edition of the album Kingston Story the two labels are teaming on (coming 8/14).

Album producer Dre Skull (who recently worked on the Snoop Lion album alongside Diplo) has some vivid memories of the track’s genesis:

“When I brought this track to Kartel, he asked me what I was picturing and I roughed up a deep voice and sang ‘My Crew’ and told him to do something that he could bump in the club as a sort of anthem for his crew. Keep in mind at that time he had his own club in Kingston, The Building, that had walls covered in larger than life sized pictures of Kartel and that served his Street Vybz brand rum (which featured his picture on the bottle). When he was in the VIP section in The Building with his crew it was an understatement to say he was running things. I wanted this song to capture that vibe. Hearing that concept he took my quick notes and knocked this out in about an hour.”

(via Noisey)

Announcement: Snoop Dogg – Reincarnated

July 31st, 2012

I went down to Jamaica in February to produce Snoop Dogg’s new album “Reincarnated” with Major Lazer. The album was officially announced yesterday. Watch the press conference here.

Kling Klang Riddim Out Now

July 24th, 2012

Kling Klang Riddim

Kling Klang Riddim is out now! Featuring voicings from Beenie Man, Popcaan, Deva Bratt, Suku and Tifa.

Buy it now from iTunes and Juno.

Various Artists – Kling Klang Riddim
1. Beenie Man – Super Model
2. Deva Bratt – Hot And Ready
3. Popcaan – So We Do It
4. Suku – Yesterday
5. Tifa – Champion Bubbler
6. Dre Skull – Kling Klang Riddim