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Go check this Vivian Host penned Dre Skull feature for XLR8R magazine.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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
COVER: $5 before Midnight/$10 After
Additional details on Facebook.
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.”
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 is out now! Featuring voicings from Beenie Man, Popcaan, Deva Bratt, Suku and Tifa.
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