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Machel Montano x Remedy

Machel Montano’s first offering this scoca season comes with a really nice lyric video. Nice sing-a-long bits in this one and we can see it being a grower.

Maleek Berry x Carnival

London based producer Maleek Berry drops the soundtrack for something called Gidi Culture festival. Needless to say it’s great as his previous work has shown. The frequent Wizkid collaborator created something that truly reminds us of funky but but retaining it’s African flavour. As for this Gidi Culture festival, it’s a festival being put on by my brother and his friends in order to promote local home grown talent. It’s coming out in March and has a ton of Afropop stars that will be a part of it. Look out for more from that coming soon from them and us down the line.You can Dl it here, the video above is Maleek being interviewed.

Timaya x Bum Bum (Feat. Machel Montano)

For a good 3 years we have been doing the World Carnival mix series, it quickly evolved into a mix that combines both of our heritages (Trini/Naija). So when this came across our computer screens we ran around with the same vigour that Beyonce fans did when Beyonce dropped in the middle of the night like a ninja! The really encouraging thing about it is that Machel is perfect on this, nailing it perfectly. The worst thing that could have happened was if he just paid lip service to this track. Or even worse asked for a couple of Nigerian reference points and stumbled his way through them.

Hipsters Dont Dance World Carnival

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 at Loose Wires

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We kick off carnival weekend with a gig thrown by the Loose Wires crew. Murlo is on the bill as well, so you know that it’s going to be fun. It’s at Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes which will be definitely interesting. You can find out more info here.

Magaroze Riddim

This riddim by St Lucian team Ace and Penn of Studio 758 and Slu Records has been getting a lot of play at HDD HQ since it came out a few months ago. Each cut on the riddim is strong and full of energy, with Kes’ Body Working and Kakal’s Salt Fish being firm favourites here. Leftside recently recorded Giddy Up on the riddim where we hear him (and his alter ego Dr Evil) go all country – we love it nearly as much as his cut on Benny Hill Riddim. Look out for this riddim in our future sets and mixes – Notting Hill Carnival’s on its way!