The good people over at AO-AO blog premiered this blend just before our last event at The Shacklewell Arms. Its the latest refix from us which we did with Murlo, combining Ruff Endz’ RnB classic No More with classic 90s dancehall riddim Up Close and Personal. Stream or download below and remember to support the original artists Ruff Endz and Donovan Germain.
Busy hasn’t exactly been quiet recently but is still finding his feet after his stay in jail. That is not a knock against him, we feel that he is a seminal dancehall artist (especially in this current crop of stars). He recently started doing more flips of famous songs which i love because he’s great at them. Above he flips Marvin Gaye’s sexual healing in honour of Marvin’s bday. Below he flips both Lil Wayne’s Good Kush (actually known as Love Me) and Future and Riri’s Love Song alongside Ikaya.
If there is one artist that we really champion is PH’s Burna Boy. Not only is he is on point lyrically but encompasses everything we love in the World Carnival Sound. His latest track Run My Race isn’t our favourite (although the video version seems to have better mastering which hampered the single), but oh boy does the video deliver. As nigeria and afro pop begins to flex it’s financial muscle in it’s videos we have seem a boilerplate sub standard Big Sean wannabe videos. This isn’t the case at all, Kazabon jokingly likened it to California Love, she has a point. It’s got the outlandishness of a 90′s hip hop shiny suit era but set in Lagos. Not just Lagos but the Shrine aka the house that Fela Kuti built. On a personal note (Hootie Who) the slap is kind of something that you see everyday in Nigeria culture, it’s just different.
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 12th mix in the series is by New York’s Knomad, the Dj, curator and radio host who calls himself ‘the bearded riddim purveyor’ recorded a mix that is an ‘exploration of the grey areas between versions, hip hop instrumentals, and bass music’.Make sure you check out his radio show on RWD Fm. We should also mention that he recorded this mix live in one take using serato & 1200s, pioneer mixer, outboard fx & his own custom made 4 bit dub siren. You can download the mix here You can find out more from Knomad here