Palmistry - Pagan
Label Mixpak Records
Since it was founded in 2009, Dre Skull's Mixpak has been home to an incredibly broad range of bass-heavy sounds. Artists like Jubilee and Douster have tended towards clubbier house and techno influences, and Murlo's been the primary flag-bearer for more grime-style rhythms. But if there's one thing that's tied the Mixpak aesthetic together it's dancehall. Producers like Famous Eno, Poirier and Dubbel Dutch have been mainstays, with a number of EPs that all put their own spin on the genre. Many of dancehall's household names—Spice, Konshens, Vybz Kartel—have also released on the label, often pairing with Dre Skull to create a polished and pop-influenced sound that has become their own. One release in particular really put the label on the map globally: the debut album from veteran MC Popcaan, Where We Come From. The record stood out from most other dancehall as it seemed to abandon much of the scene's perhaps intimidating aspects. It's not sexually aggressive, nor homophobic, with production that was primed for radio play more than rib-shaking soundsystems.