Monthly Archives: January 2012

Zebra Katz x Ima Read

Zebra katz – Ima Read from Mad Decent on Vimeo.

Mad Decent recently set up a free record label called Jeffree, the manatee which if i remember from Twitter is Diplo’s spirit animal. So far it’s seen releases from the likes of Douster and Sticky K, the latest is from Zebra Katz. The Vougeing inspired tune is a sparse dark and haunting smash. The highlight being the interplay between Zebra Katz and Njena Redd Foxxx. Above is the video and here is the link for download. It includes a remix from Slick Shoota aka the juke don.

HDD House Party #1

HDD House Party, the first in a series of Podcasts from Hipsters Dont Dance has finally landed. Our first ever one is the Hip Hop edition. We are joined by Jamie from Effect Mode and Nick from Yo Mama for a chat and a live guest mix from each of them. Jamie’s Mix highlights the Boom Bap sound that influenced his new hip hop project Effect Mode mixed with some of the new stuff that he is into as well as some exclusive Effect Mode tracks, whilst Nick’s mix highlights the different faces of the successful monthly club night Yo Mama. Hosts Kazabon and Hootie Who explore the hip hop that influenced them, whether it be the soulful stuff or the Ragga Hip Hop sub genre respectively.

Catch Effect Mode at Hipsters Dont Dance February Session this Saturday to hear tracks from the project performed live for the very first time!

In keeping with the tradition of that era, you may be hearing some hiss and pops in the recordings. Just imagine you shoved a tape into your laptop.

HDD Top 5 x Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

If you don’t know of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, that’s fine but lets get you up to speed. This song writing and production team were originally members of seminal band The Time. They toured with Prince as his opening act and my favourite song of theirs is Jungle Love. Ultimately they became a titan production unit producing for the likes of Janet Jackson, Usher, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey and a whole host of others… To date they have 16 top 100 billboard number ones. We over here at HDD HQ wanted to pick our top 5 jams by the duo with an intention of showing the breadth of their work.

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Rep Your Creps #3 : Effect Mode & Illaman

Welcome to the third post in the HDD Rep Your Creps series, where it’s all about the creps/kicks/trainers/runners/sneakers that our favourite DJs and artists are rocking. This time around trainer heads Effect Mode and Illaman take some time out from their busy schedules to share their choices with us. As you can see from the pics above their taste in kicks is exsquisite (Above: Effect Mode aka Jamie Tomb Crew from the Mishka fall 2011 lookbook and Illaman from the Mixmag fashion feature on DJs and trainers).
We are really looking forward to Effect Mode and Illaman joining us at Hipsters Dont Dance February Session where they will performing tracks from the Effect Mode project live for the very first time.

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Kes The Band x Carnival Diary 3

When we saw Kes the Band perform in London 3 years ago, we kind of left early. It wasnt their fault, we we wrecked after experiencing one of the best concerts in our lives. You know just Busy Signal, Lil Rick, Skinny Fabulous and a whole host of other soca greats. By the time the band set up we gave in to our tiredness and made way to the exit. It was our loss, since then they release one of the best soca songs ever (Wotless) and have definitely staked a claim for the 2012 soca crown (More on that in feb.) Recently they have been putting up their 2012 soca diaries which features behind the scenes footage of them and their dancers preparing for their gruelling soca season.

P.S if you dont think soca is the happiest music in the world please check out this little soca warrior dancing to Machel Montano.

Schoolboy Q x Hands On The Wheel

The Schoolboy Q tape has been on repeat at HDD HQ over the past few days, the stand out track is this one. With an alluring Pursuit of Happiness cover as the sample Q and ASAP Rocky give us a tale of nocturnal excess. This is off the Habits & Contradictions LP.