Artist: Popcaan (Portmore, Jamaica)
Title: Road Haffi Tek On (2012)
I love this track. Who doesn’t want to sing like Gwen Stefani? 3 years after Vybz Kartel, arguably dancehall’s central figure, got life in prison for murder, his protege, Popcaan made the unorthodox move of releasing an entire album of himself singing over unreleased instrumentals, known in Jamaica as “riddims”. Normally what happens is a producer puts out a riddim, a half-dozen artists record vocals over it and the whole thing gets released as a single record with both “raw” and radio edits for DJ’s to rinse in the club and on the airwaves. This track, featuring the Overtime Riddim with its wistful ice cream truck melody captures Popcaan’s rebounding spirit in one of the first releases to follow the dissolution of his mentor’s Adidjahiem Records while awaiting sentencing in 2013.
Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.