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.
8 year old Nigeria’s Got Talent is out with her first video directed by man of the moment Clarence Peters. Imagine a not annoying whip your hair back and forth.
For our November session at The Shacklewell Arms we are going to do something special and that’s celebrate World Carnival! The critically acclaimed mix series which incorporates the best of Dancehall, Soca, Afro pop and more is something that we are truly proud of. It’s been described as a transatlantic carnival which surely must be the best kind!
We (Kazabon & Hootie Who) take centre stage this month with an extended set celebrating the World Carnival Sound. We worked hard selecting each and every tune across the five mixes in the series and discovered and championed anthems such as The Thing, Bruk It Down, Bumaye, Whine & Kotch, Differentology and more before they bubbled over to the mainstream. We have also invited one of our fave up and coming djs Thom White to join us on the night.
As always The Bogle, Dutty Whine and Row Di Boat are not only encouraged but guaranteed so get ready to buss a wine with us on Saturday. More info on the Facebook Event Page.
Over the past few years in dancehall we have seen the evolution of certain stars. Cham may have dropped the baby a while ago but he is now a fully fledged star. QQ removed those child star constraints to become a slackness don. RDX came back from the wilderness to teach us all how to Kotch.This month at HDD we continue the theme of evolution as HDD resident The Large prepares to jet off to NY.
The Large first played at HDD back in October 2010 and later became one of our residents, any of you that have been to our parties know that she always mashes up the dance! Like a lot of great talents, the bright lights of NYC came calling and she answered. This isn’t going to be her last time at HDD, as she will always be a member of the family but you don’t want to miss out on this set as it will be a special one.
Also on the night Murlo, Illanja, Kazabon and Hootie Who will be bringing you that HDD 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 this Saturday and get lost in this carnival fun. To make things even more tropical The Shacklewell are offering two cocktails for £8 for HDD Happy Hour between 11pm and 1am. More details and directions on our Facebook event page.
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