This Mixtape of the Best Afropop, Soca & Dancehall Will Get You Through the Week

Montréal-based DJ and producer Poirier comes through with a blazing, hour-long mixtape made for his monthly Montréal party "Qualité de Luxe."

Poirier is a veteran in the ‘global bass’ game.

Through 10 albums and 15 years, the Montréal-based DJ, producer and self-described “global music specialist” has been championing the sounds of afro-house, soca, afropop, dancehall, and plenty more styles.

Poirier, who released his latest album Migration earlier this year, now comes through with an hour-long made for his party Qualité de Luxe.

“Qualité de Luxe is a monthly party in Montréal focusing on playing current afropop, afrohouse, soca, dancehall and all the good music coming from the Caribbean and Africa,” Poirier tells Okayafrica. “The party brings many communities together and as a DJ, seeing people with different backgrounds dancing together with such a positive vibe is the best feeling ever.“

“Qualité de Luxe is almost 3 years old already and it's run by Kyou, Mr. Touré! and myself (we're the three DJs), plus shout out to Courtois on the promotion side,” he adds.

qualite-de-luxe-octobre-2016 Qualite De Luxe, October 21 party flyer.

“It's been a very long time since I wanted to do a mix that reflect the music that I like to play at Qualité de Luxe and I finally did it. There's some classics in it mixed with some brand new tunes and all that with a diversity of styles, countries and languages (Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Trinidad & Tobago, Haïti, Barbados, Mali, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Martinique, Netherlands, UK, Canada, USA)," Poirier mentions.

"Montréal is a bilingual city and the party doesn't focus on one style or one language, but for sure playing tunes from Francophone countries give a particular edge to our night and people respond to it with great enthusiasm," he says. "The only attitude accepted is: smile and dance."

Stream Poirier’s blazing mixtape above and catch the next Qualité de Luxe party (flyer above) in Montréal on October 21.

QUALITÉ DE LUXE Vol.2 Track List

1. Maleek Berry - Kontrol

2. Runtown - Walahi

3. DJ Maphorisa - Menina Bonita feat. Runtown & Soko

4. Mampi - Walilowelela

5. Eddy Kenzo - Sitya Loss

6. Ngalah - Isokey feat. Naibo

7. Poirier - Keep It Rolling feat. MC Zulu

8. Young Voice - Bashment

9. Benjai & H2O Phlo - Phenomenal (Roadmix)

10. J.Perry - Aba blabla feat. Bic & Gardy Girault (Gardy Girault Club Mix)

11. Kirk Brown - Don't Tell

12. Kerwin Du Bois - Spoil Mehself

13. Sidiki Diabaté - Pardon bébé

14. I Am Aisha - Zulke Dingen Doe Je feat. Dio & Spanker (Edit)

15. Yemi Alade - Tonight feat. P-Square

16. MC Galaxy - Komolop Cholop

17. Sam Blans - Mambo

18. Poirier - Pale Mal feat. Fwonte (Murder He Wrote Remix)

19. Nani Gomes - Madrugada

20. Kwamz & Flava - Take Over

21. Baz Bèl Tèt - Grenadye

22. Stylo G - More Ganja feat. Warning (Oliver Twist Yard Remix)

23. The Fatha - Wine Or Nah (Edit)

24. Keche - Sokode

25. Wande Coal - Baby Hello

26. Shado Cris - J's8 jahin prêt

27. Sidiki Diabaté, Iba One, Niska - C'est bon!

28. Pompis - Rude Boy

Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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