Often it is difficult to pick favorite when a producer drops a hot new riddim that that sparks your attention, but Mr OK’s fresh creole delivery on ‘Jokma’ is my pick from the new neck-cracking Kidnap riddim from Montreal’s finest dancehall inovator, Poirier (pronounced pwa-ree-ay).
Jokma is a great crossover dancehall cut which begins with a catchy, radio friendly chorus and is punctuated with a bouncing and savvy rap flow. It’s a bit tricky to sing along to at first but, keep trying and you’ll be schooled up on Haitian slang in no time!
The Kidnap riddim is contagious and the production is club friendly. There are four cultures represented on the riddim (a world first?) and it’s bumping dancefloor-friendly momentum would complement any modern and progressive dancehall or hip-hop set.
For those who haven’t checked out dancehall outside of JA, French dancehall has a healthy history consisting of luminairies such as Raggasonic and Sian Supa Crew. In Canada, Poirier has been forging a unique modern dancehall sound for many years working with French and English speaking artists alike. He is known for his heavy hitting digital riddims which draw on a variety of influences from hip-hop to Soca and has an extensive catalog of LP’s, remixes and collaborations with his most recent full length releasae being the ‘Running High’ LP.
To listen to the track and grab a free copy of the whole set of tracks on the Kidnap riddim, check this SoundCloud link.