Monthly Archives: August 2012

Marcus Canty x In and Out (Feat. Wale)


The USA X Factor contestant, whom we actually wanted to win, is back with his first full single a rap and b crossover song with Wale. The sample is instantly recognizable and infectious and hopefully this will make a dent in the charts

HDD Carnival Essentials

This week we and our carnival experts have told you where to go, what to  eat and what to listen out for. We haven’t told you what to bring, below are our carnival essentials. Ten things you need to maximise your carnival experience.

1. Carnival is all about repping your counrty and pumpin yuh flag

2. It can get hot out there so a spare t-shirt is always helpful

3. A whistle is a definite carnival essential

4. Bitter lemon or any other mixer (Ting, Ginger Beer or Coke)

5. Party Machel Montano style with a bottle of rum (preferably Appleton Estate)

6.  Styrofoam Cup is this year’s cup to be seen with

7.  Remember Mr Vegas’ advice badman nuh drink outta straw but straws are pretty useful for mixing your rum and chaser.

8. Towel is dual purpose, excellent for waving round your head like a helicopter to power soca or for when times get hot and sweaty

9. Hand sanitiser for times when the port-a-loos have no soap left

10. This list would not be complete without an airhorn, hand pumped or gas airhorns are perfect for showing your appreciation for carnival anthems.

HDD and Friends Carnival Anthems 2012

Last year we asked some of our favourite djs, producers, artists and bloggers to recommend their favourite Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems, food stalls and anthems, and started to compile the HDD Guide to Notting Hill Carnival. This year we have added the following carnival anthems to the list. You can check out last year’s anthems here.

HDD Carnival

Jillionaire (DJ/Mazor Lazer)

Palance

J.Bo Tapes (Southern Hospitality)

There are too many Carnival anthems to mention, but I especially love the fact that some tunes only seem to come out for this weekend and still always shut it down… saying that I have never seen anything quite like the reaction to Lethal B’s POW when it first came around, 2005 I think. Crazy.

Alex (Tumbleweave Blog)

Other than the recent ‘family favourites’ (Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Major Lazer, etc etc) there are a couple of riddims that for one reason or another I love to hear when possible. For example the Money Tree Riddim (and specifically Beenie Man & TOK  ‘Ms World) sends me loco! I am also a big soca fan, and one track that I would love to hear (but don’t necessarily expect to) is Superblue’s ‘Signal For Lara‘ – it’s an ode to Brian Lara out of Trinidad and Tobago, and it is guaranteed to make my day every time.

Moroka (Producer / Pollinate)

Just for sheer power and movement in recent memory got to be the PALAAAAANCE.

James Hamlin (Breaking Bread Podcast / North London 40)

A tough question but I’ll refer to one of my favourite Norman Jay moments of all time. As the clouds broke to amazing sunshine after an hour of solid horizontal rain. Norman dropped Bill Withers “Lovely day” – I’ll never forget that.

Poirier (Producer)

I think my favorite Carnival anthem for this year is Shal Marshall ”Trouble“. Also, I have to big up Stylo G “Call Mi A Yardie” and I think the Deejay Theory Remix with a Bob Marley sample is an absolute killer for outdoor summer vibes!

 

The Large x Vibes Cyah done

The latest mix from The Large is perfect and just in time for carnival. Running through the best dancehall songs over the past few months including Mad Mi on the Bong Diggy riddim and a recent Kartel that is classic Kartel, Party Mi Seh. This is the mix to get you ready for Notting Hill Carnival, play it every day until then. Dont Forget you can catch The Large at our World Carnival party this saturday.

The Best Spots to Eat at Notting Hill Carnival 2012

Last year we asked some of our favourite djs, producers, artists and bloggers to recommend their favourite Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems, food stalls and anthems, and started to compile the HDD Guide to Notting Hill Carnival. This year we have added the following food and drink recommendations to the list. You can check out last year’s tips here.

Notting-Hill-Carnival-Food

Jillionaire (DJ/Major Lazer)

Dante’s Fried Chicken at Major Lazer carnival party or anywhere I can get a good bake and shark on the street

J.Bo Tapes (Southern Hospitality)

Carnival eating is all about convenience for me so I can pour my efforts into getting ‘Carnival Drunk’ but the stalls in front of All Saints Church are always good (and right next to Nasty Love!), I always seem to end up grabbing a bite at Falafel King on Portabello at some point and usually grab a final bite at one of the stalls on Cambridge Gardens once all the soundsystems have shut down to get energy for the afterparty! The only bad thing I can think of about Carnival is that once it’s over, you know you have to wait 364 days until you can do it all again…

Moroka (Producer /Pollinate)

Not too fussy but some rotis will get ate up.

James Hamlin (Breaking Bread Podcast / North London 40)

The best stall to eat at is the one closest to your favourite sound system!

Poirier (Producer)

I don’t know the best spot, but I know I would recommend a goat roti, ackee and saltfish, and jerk chicken. Can’t go wrong with that!

 

Tommy Lee x Journey To The Top


Tommy Lee is dancehall’s fastest rising star, the Gaza affiliated star has really broken out over the past year to become one of the leaders in the scene. His symbol was all over the olympics as the likes of Bolt threw up the Gaza sign. D-Wrap catches up with Tommy Lee as he performs at Dream Weekend in Negril. Get to know him in this 5 minute documentary.