Earlier we spoke of Hagan’s Ep and the way it lies between Afro House and Uk club stuff. The same can be said of Major Notes, his previous release 419 riddim is easily one of our faves. We loved it so much we used it for the promo video from last year’s World Carnival party.
This new release sees him touch on that and much more. Soca and Dancehall floruishes have been added as well. The EP is out on May 25th.
Jubilee’s new EP is out on January 28th on Mixpak. A slice of true miami bass that just goes, it really hits you when you hear it on a massive system. Which we were lucky enough to do so on Friday night at Fabric. You can check out the video above and the stream here.
The Large dropped her new mix late Friday afternoon and we had to post it this weekend because it’s that good. The Fresh Fruits mix combines all that she loves dancehall, soca and its musical cousins. Exclusives from Murlo, Rizzla and more and drops from Machel and more. This mix is great and will be in the running for best of the year. There is such a great balance of stuff on here and many slept on songs. For example Spice’s Nincompoo which won’t get as much love as it should from other musical outlets. Go listen to it now, also artwork by Robin Clare is not to be sniffed at. Fresh Fruits Mix by the_large
We don’t tend to post mixes outside the HDD fam on the site (no shots, we have otheravenues to do so). I wanted to post this because of the great interview at the end. It’s always interesting to know how producers are influenced and Rizzla’s influences make sense to the music that he creates. He also talks about his plans for the year (The Lisa Hype EP is something we are excited for), SWSW and the New York clubbing scene. Sit back and enjoy.
You won’t find the same old Fact Mag/Resident Advisor mixes in this list. To be honest it’s not really a list just a bunch of recommendations of some Mixes and Mixtapes that Hootie Who has been listening to over the past year.
Gucci Mane x Trap Back
When you think of hip hop in 2012 you may think of breakout star Mike Will Made It, the producer got so big that he produced the latest Rihanna single. Bearing in mind her Lp’s are constructed in some weird boot camp laboratory with the best of the best this has to be an honour. Anyway back to the tape Gucci Mane has never really struck on with me but i did run this tape back many man times. This didnt get as much love as it should have but collabs with Future, 2 Chainz (just before he became a tad oversaturated)and his protege Flocka. The highlight is Get It Back a collab with 2 Chainz and an amazing flip of the Tetris theme by Mike Will. (Shoutout CWD for putting me on to this, go cop his new tee as well)
Famous Eno x Mixpak FM
This to me was the most genius mix of the year, he had been talking about it for a while and he executed it perfectly. The mix is basically you listening to the radio that switches station and genres with really entertaining sound clips throughout. The genres span Disoc, Dancehall, House and many more. It isn’t skitzo it’s all measured and fit in perfectly with the single All Good FM (one of our fave videos of the year).
Jeremih x Late Nights
A lot of end of year lists will have Miguel in them, deservedly so. He kicked the year off with a series of free EP’s that helped build buzz into the latest LP (hold tight the shortened version of Adorn). Another person who i expect to make a big jump in 2013 is Jeremih, no longer template r and b singer for any Hip Hop artist looking to appeal to their female fan base. Jeremih’s mixtape showed that not only did he have a great ear for beats, repped Chicago a lot (this off cut of the mixtape is one of the songs of the year) and showed more diversity in subject matter. 773 produced by Mike Will Made It is 1b R and B song of the year. I have listened to this so much that i know all the ablibs (DJ Drama was on top of his game here), the skits and even the one part where a song is pulled back (for a Gucci Mane verse)
Glover Junior x Long Clothing Mix
We kicked of the year with a ballroom/Jersey club boom in this country sparked by the Zebra Katz song . Since then we have gone on to see more Jersey club producer get their deserved shine. That’s not to say that Glover Junior is Jersey but his style of mixing reminds me of that. This New Yorker is great and this mix was something that really got me throwing impromptu dance parties on buses. Don’t forget to check out his own stuff as well.
Trackstar The DJ x Out Of The Darkness
When on holiday you often take music with you that you normally don’t have a chance to fully digest. The thinking being that you can when you are away. This rarely works, in May i took a mixtape with me to New York that i had on repeat. Out of the Darkness is a mix comprised completely of Organized Noize songs. Usually when you hear that you are thinking great just the hits and it will send you back to a specific time that producer was really hot. This spans almost 17 years of the crews songs from TLC to Ludcaris to Society of Soul. It has it all, the fact that it is narrated by one of the best voices of all time Big Rube is a massive bonus.
What do you do on your birthday? Eat cake, drink lots, find a woman with a large arse? In the case of Dubbel Dutch you release an incredible remix of Wotless, i want to say that we first heard this when he played at the Big Chill bar ages ago but i may be wrong. Either way it’s great.