Our Strictly Riddims mix series focuses on instrumentals. With this series we hope to increase appreciation for dancehall riddims and instrumentals as we feel that in dancehall the productions and producers don’t often get the props they deserve.
We return back to the mix’s dancehall roots with Manchester based Joey B. As part of both the Hot Milk and Swing Ting crews he is quite familiar around these parts (he is a badman dj). Here is what Joey had to say about his mix.
In terms of how I put the mix together, its a one take mix, where I just drew for some of my favourite Bashment riddims from over the years, new and old, in no particular order. Most of these are played from Jamaican release 45s, with some CD juggling too. I wanted to give some shine to the riddims that have stood the test of time for me, and also to the new ones that I’m feeling right now. Was well good fun doing the mix, and great to bring the producers and labels to the fore.
Taken from the Goon Club Allstars latest release. Seriously shout out those guys for giving a damn and releasing this without any western colonial appropriation stuff. We went to Future Sounds of Mazansi premiere last year with Moleskin and the homie was genuinely hype seeing Durban guys on screen.
From our short time in SA, we realised that we are entirely ignorant of the diversity of the SA house scene. Gqom is akin to bassline/niche in the sense that it is from one region. And it’s genesis comes from the raves there and the people. This may seem really basic but the vastness of SA means that the music feels like it truly is from this specific moment in time.
Earlier we spoke of Hagan’s Ep and the way it lies between Afro House and Uk club stuff. The same can be said of Major Notes, his previous release 419 riddim is easily one of our faves. We loved it so much we used it for the promo video from last year’s World Carnival party.
This new release sees him touch on that and much more. Soca and Dancehall floruishes have been added as well. The EP is out on May 25th.
Leriq is the producer behind some of Burna Boy’s biggest hits (Yawa Dey, Abeg Abeg Abeg) and since they parted ways we fell that Burna Boy’s tunes just haven’t been the same. It’s nice to hear Leriq working with another HDD favourite Wizkid for Say You love Me which will feature on Leriq’s album “The Lost Sounds” which is set for release in the near future. Congrats to leriq on signing with Sony Music Entertainment Africa recently too. Out to Samrai for putting us on to this one.
Taken from Dr SID’s recent album Siduction (which we are big fans of), this video for Last Bus Stop is an ode to his wife Simi and features clips of their wedding day. Nigerians certainly know how to celebrate in style!