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Hipsters Dont Dance World Carnival

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What’s that? The sound of bass, bottles clinking on the floor and beautiful music surrounding you? Adult xmas aka Carnival is around the corner and for the second year running we are putting on a World Carnival Party.
After the success of last year’s HDD World Carnival party we (Kazabon and Hootie Who) have decided to throw another one, this time at the Old Blue Last. After last year’s affair with some of the leading international names in the scene (Dre Skull, So Shifty and Schlachthofbronx) we are focusing on some of the Uk’s emerging talents.

Moroka and Samrai will be joining us for another party celebrating the inclusive sound of all of carnival. From the Soca Floats, to the Dancehall and Reggae soundsystems to Nigeria Corner and more. Moroka is known for his SA dance sets and has worked the likes of The Very Best, Yadi and much more. Samrai is part of Manchester DJ and production team Swing Ting who have been profiled in Fact Magazine recently. We are excited to have two of the Uk’s leading up and comers on the bill with us.

Also on the night we will have HDD regulars The Large, Illanja, Kazabon and Hootie Who bringing you the best in dancehall, soca and afropop. You can check out what last year’s party was like here.

We will also be doing some giveaways, including the 2013 HDD Carnival pack, on the night. You can check out the facebook event here.

Kazabon & Hootie Who’s Top 5 x Notting Hill Carnival 2013

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The past two years 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. Here are our (Kazabon & Hootie Who) recommendations for 2103

Toddla T at SSP Soundsystem 

Toddla T has curated one hell of a line up for his takeover of SSP sound system on carnival Monday. Special guests Fuse Odg and Bunji Garlin were added this week and will be joining HDD favourites Serocee, Jus Now, Atumpan, Stylo G, Lady Stush and more between 12pm and 7pm Monday 26th at the corner of Alderson Street and Kensal Road.  More details here.

HDD World Carnival Party 

If you have been following our World Carnival mix series you know how we like to party and this year we are throwing our second World Carnival party, this time at The Old Blue Last. This year we will be joined by Swing Ting’s Samrai and Palm City Social’s Moroka alongside HDD residents The Large and Illanja. More details here.

Pump it up by di trucks

Following the trucks is one way to make sure you hear all of your favourite soca hits at carnival. A lot of people tend to overlook this part of carnival which is a shame because you really should experience it. HDD favourites Trini Gladiata (who also has a birthday party at Birthdays on Sunday) and Schlachthofbronx will be on the floats all weekend. Try and catch the Abir float as it will be serving free drinks all day, Schlachthofbronx will be at the Urgent Union Float on Monday.

Nigerian Corner

Tucked away in the massive celebration of carribbean music is Nigerian Corner. Basically the biggest Nigerian street party in the UK. Wande Coal, JJC and D’banj have all performed before. It is only on the Monday at Adela Street.

 Carnival 2013 Anthems

Every year has it’s anthems and this year we think Whine and Kotch and Atenna will be running things. We also included our dark horse picks for Carnival Anthem 2013, Jus Now – Tun Up and Mavado – March Out.

Toddla T Sound at Notting Hill Carnival

Toddla T sound Notting Hill Carnival As big fans of Toddla T’s productions and selections, when we heard he was programming a sound system at Notting Hill Carnival this year we knew the line up would not dissapoint! We caught up with Toddla to ask him a few questions about his plans for carnival.

Why did you want to run a sound system at carnival?

I’ve been in love with Notting Hill Carnival since I first came in 2006, I’m always blaggin gigs but when I was given the chance to programme a day by Mad Fingaz of SSP sound it was like being asked to book the pyramid stage at Glasto for me hahaha  

How did you come up with your line up?

I wanted to keep it friends and family and not go too bizerk, keep it Toddla T ya know. Everyone on the line up is a good friend, collaborator or someone I’ve battered on radio but I also wanted to represent the wide range of carnival sounds, to have Robbo and Breach on the same line up is pretty special I think but makes perfect sense to my ears at carnival, it has a sonic conection. Neezy The Driver aint particularly known but is one of the best DJs I know .. Him and D Double are gonna be a problem! Plus some super exciting secret guests and I’m gassed to see Atumpan perform one of the biggest carnival tracks ‘The Thing‘ , plus my Toddla T Sound.. Shola Ama, Serocee and DRS…… I’m just gettin loadsa dubs done for the occasion!

What’s your favourite carnival song?

Probably Shy Fx – Original Nutter, it’s always mad, especially when he plays it on his Digital Soundboy stage every year.

Toddla and the full line up will be holding it down at SSP sound system on the corner of Alderson Street and Kensal Road on Monday 26th from 12pm to 7pm. 

World Carnival #5

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It’s almost time for Notting Hill Carnival which means it’s time for another World Carnival mix. The fifth mix in our World Carnival series celebrates carnival sounds from around the world, with tunes hailing from the UK, Trinidad, Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana. The result being a flow between genres in a way that replicates what we feel is the perfect carnival experience. With the streets of Notting Hill Carnival calling us we thought we should include some songs that will be booming out of Soundsystems and the end of this month. Stream or download below and get ready for our World Carnival party on Saturday August 24th.

Konshens Ultimate Party Song
Mavado March Out
Hipsters Don’t Dance  One Ting Deh
DeeWunn  Bunx Up (feat. Marcy Chin)
Benny Blanco Puerto Rico [Remix]
J Capri & Charly Black Whine & Kotch
Konshens & J Capri Pull Up To Mi Bumper
Spice Wine & Guh Down [Remix]
Alison Hinds Drop it
Nadia Batson Bring It On
Busy Signal Pengeleng (HDD Extended Edit)
Navino & Supa Hype Bend Over
RDX Kotch
Spice  Tiny Winey
Bunji Garlin Send Woman
Nigel Lewis Take That And Cool
Dre Skull feat. Megan James & Popcaan First Time
PSquare Personally
Black Da Ghana Bwouy  Vera (feat. Joey B)
Farmer Nappy Stranger
Flavour Shake
The Rub feat Natalie Storm Dutty Gyal (So Shifty Remix)
Mr. Vegas Party Tun Up
Champion 1994
Gasmilla  Innit
Major Lazer Jet Blue Jet (feat. Leftside, GTA, Razz & Biggy)
Destra Garcia  Handle The Riddim
2Shy Azonto Girl
Katy B  What Love is Made of (Brackles Remix)
Culture Beat Mr. Vain
Rizzla & Blk.Adonis  Battyjack
Aidonia Pon Di Cocky (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
Spooky  Coolie Joyride (Samename Remix)
Bunji Garlin Differentology (Smutlee and Famous Eno Remix)
Morcee Black Hole

Download the mix here

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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.