Last Saturday we celebrated four years of HDD with Serocee and Poirier as our guests and the vibe was so right as you can see from Egle Trezzi’s photos above . Unfortunately we didn’t manage to capture the magic of the b2b2b2b2b between Serocee, Poirier, Kazabon, Hootie Who and Murlo at the end of the night but if you were there you know it was pretty special. Thanks again to everyone who partied with us.
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Tagged egle trezzi, hdd 4th birthday, hdd birthday, hdd highlights, Illanja, Kazabon & Hootie Who, murlo, poirier, serocee, shacklewell arms
Today sees Famous Eno’s second solo release on Mixpak and this one is not to be slept on. Gypsy Riddim is a heavy hitting dancehall riddim with Jamaican up-and-comer Vyral joining UK favourites Serocee, Trigganom and Rubi Dan on the vocal cuts. It’s hard to choose a favourite on here as they are all strong but after the friendly b2b we had with Serocee at our birthday party last Saturday Topatop hits home for us – we dread to think what would happen in a serious clash! Stream the tracks below and support another great release from Famous Eno and Mixpak here or here.
As we get ready to celebrate four years of Hipsters Don’t Dance on December 7th with Serocee and Poirier, we have selected four of our favourite tunes from Serocee (You can check out Poirier’s over here). If you are not familiar with Serocee’s incredible work these selections will give you a taste of what’s in store at our birthday bash on December 7th.
First of all lets kick off with one of our most cherished moments. Serocee performing his single Oh Na Na at HDD back in May 2011. Bonus points for picking the Joe Grime Rice and Peas remix.
Serocee Oh Na Na Live at Hipsters Dont Dance 7/5/11 from Hipsters Dont Dance on Vimeo.
Second in the top 4 is Basement Jaxx Wheel N Stop. Basement Jaxx have a great knack of picking some great vocalists (Roxanne Shante collab is a banger) but this one with Serocee is bubbly beyond belief. Jump and Shout might get a lot of love since it was on the first LP but this is better (for 1 it isn’t that hard to sing along to) but those breakdowns are lovely.
Third in the list is Serocee and Famous Eno‘s remix of The Thing. As well as being an amazing MC, he is a Thinker, a DJ, an A and R man and someone that is willing to connect the dots before anyone else. Case in point his interest in afro-pop predates everyone else in the mainstream (not that he is necessarily). In many ways this remix is a fruit of his passion for the genre. It’s the best remix out of the lot, something which you could only do if you actually listened and understood the tune rather than take something else you had lying around and put a tiny bit of a vocal sample in it. I used the radio rip because it’s a great example of his humour and wit.
The final song in the top 4 is Serocee and Famous Eno again this time with Topatop. Seriously this goes and you have to support it when it comes out next week.
For our December session at The Shacklewell Arms we are going to be celebrating our 4th birthday. It’s amazing to think that we made it this far. We have been incredibly lucky to have you guys support us as we try and put on one of the best parties in London. Celebrating that World Carnival sound the right way., this is definitely an event you do not want to miss. People were talking about our 3rd birthday for weeks so expect the same type of madness, you will not want to miss out.
Poirier (Mixpax/ Ninja Tune)
Coming to us all the way from Canada, Poirier is definitely someone we admire. A true pioneer whose production work is fantastic, whether it’s his Running High Lp, the fantastic Soca Road Ep on Mixpak or any other of his amazing work.
Serocee (BBC Radio 1/ Jambrum Records)
Serocee is family. We have to have him play at HDD at least once a year and this year it was only right we have him play in december. That way we could celebrate both our Birthdays at the same time. Serocee is guaranteed to bring the fun, looking back at his past sets they have always been incredibly memorable.
It wouldn’t be a HDD party without the residents Murlo, Illanja, Kazabon & Hootie Who who will bring you the best in the World Carnival Sound. Whine and Kotch, Bruk It Down, Azonto are all songs/dances that are not only encouraged but guaranteed. So come on down to the Shacklewell and get lost in this carnival fun.
The Bogle, Dutty Whine and Row Di Boat are not only encouraged but guaranteed.
Fête Hard or Go Home!
£5 before 12am / £7 after
You can find the event here.
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Tagged Dancehall, dj, events, gigs, hootie who, Illanja, kazabon, london, murlo, poirier, sercocee, shacklewell arms
Filmed at the excellent Indigo 02 in london (the crowd bits) which might be the new home of Afro-pop Olamide’s Turn Up might be lacking in originality in the hook but not the rest. Bouncy, fun and all types of things you want from an afropop banger.