The sun has finally started to peek out those grey clouds and we can finally see some sun, which is probably why we are posting this song. We love Shaggy and Red Foxx as well and remove those annoying synths and we could have something that could really land well with a pop audience. This is the sort of song i can imagine David Rodigan playing at the end of his set. The video by the excellent Rawtid Tv is great and showcases the island’s beauty.
While the world goes Harlem Shake crazy, Spice dedicates a song to the last dance trend that took the world (well dimly lit youtube videos). As Spice says it’s the song to “Wine and Go Dung and Galang Bad”. Go on and get involved.
Inspired by dancehall riddims and the recent work of two of our favourite producers Murlo (Quartz EP) and Dubbel Dutch (Self Help Riddim), we have decided to launch the HDD Strictly Riddims mix series focusing on our favourite 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. The sixth mix in the series is by one of Dublin’s most popular DJ’s Nic James. He decided to go a bit darker than usual with his mix kicking things off with Tommy Lee’s moody Pussy Mechanic and finishing with Suncycle’s Government Riddim. You can download the mix here And find more stuff from Nic James here
A dancehall flip of song can either go well (see Beyonce’s dancehall interpolation during the already dancehall Baby Boy) or not so well a lot of the Afro Pop stuff. 2 of our favourite recent ones have been Tenille’s Snake Eyes and Tv on the Radio remixed by XXXchange.
In that same vein Robzilla remixes Roxiny an artist with a incredible light voice which complements the marimbas out in force for this remix.
If you could assemble a team of producers to make a compilation inspired by dancehall riddims, this is the exact line up we would choose. For us this is the LP of the year, it fits our sweet spot so well. We don’t have to put the words forward thinking or any loose Kartel pun because this is us. Producers incorporating different sounds to create something familiar but brilliant as well. From HDD fam Murlo and So Shifty, to faves like Rizzla & blk.adonis, Poirier, Wildlife! TJ and Suku are great as well, they could have tossed off something that didn’t really fit but theirs are just as good. Cadenza is showing versatility that few UK producers can even match, and that is including the Veterans as well. An excellent job all round, a million forwards to everyone involved.
You can DL Wildlife!’s Kloud via Spin Magazine.