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Shadowboxer x Confidential (Feat. Idris Elba & D’Banj)

Yep that Idris Elba. He’s good on it. The track is a definite grower but the star of the show is that Mills & Boon esque cover. I wonder if that guy who wrote that anti Idris Elba poem knows about this.

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


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.

HDD’s Top 20 Tunes of 2012

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As 2012 comes into its last few days we decided to  repeat last year’s near- impossible task of picking our top 20 tunes of the year. Based on the tunes we have been playing out and the tunes we have been listening to at HDD Headquarters, in no particular order, here are our top hip hop, dancehall and tropical tunes of 2012.

Atumpan – The Thing
Kerwin Du Bois – Bacchanalist
Miguel  – Adorn
Jeremih – 773 Love
Vybz Kartel – Party Mi Say
Machel Montano – Go Down
Kanye West feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz – Mercy
Konshens  – Stop Sign
Dom Kennedy – My Type Of Party
Kendrick Lamar feat Dr Dre – The Recipe
Cham  – Wine
Frank Ocean –  Pyramids
Murlo – Next To You
D’Banj – Oliver Twist
Future  – Turn On The Lights
Trojan  – Check Your Weight 
The Dream  – Dope Bitch
Popcaan – Party Shot
Jessie Ware – 110%
Dre Skull – Kling Klang Riddim

Picking just 20 tunes that summed up the year in music for us was extremely difficult so here are the tunes that came close but did not quite make the top 20.

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E40 – Function
Kaakie –  Toffee Pon Tongue
Gappy Ranks –  Wickedest Slam In Di Garrison
Busy Signal –  Real Spender$ (Theory Refix)
Burna Boy  – Like To Party
Omarion feat Wale – MIA

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Santigold – Disparate Youth
Poirier – Bring It On feat EJ Von Lyrik
Kakal – Saltfish (Magaroze Riddim)
Lexx Blake feat Serocee & Rubi Dan –  Let Your Booty Riddim 
Stylo G  – Press Up
R2Bees feat Sarkodie & Nana Boro –  Agyeeei (Dubbel Dutch Re-Riddim)

Naeto C X Tony Montana (Bad Pass) Remix (Feat. D’Banj)

Sadly it’s not a remix of Future’s breakout hit, it is a collaboration between two of the bigger artists in Nigeria. The first verse always reminds of the fact that DBanj calls himself an entertainer because lyrically its a bit all over the place. Either way i can see this track working well in the clubs. Plus how can you not love a Tony Montana reference in 2012. Remember people this genre is still incredibly nascent, barely 10 years old.

DJ ECOOL & King Ola present Nigerian Independence Party Mix

Today (October 1st) is Nigerian Independence day, Hootie Who’s country of origin and the land where most of our favourite music is coming from. We were tempted to do a new mix celebrating the new stuff (in a similar sense to soca, Nigerian music has a season, October gearing up to December party season) but the majority of stuff hasn’t really settled yet. This mix from King Ola and DJ ECOOL is diverse enough to really catch a good flavour of what the county is coming up with.
You can dl (direct link) here.

Dbanj x Oyato

Dbanj is back with his new single, not counting the reference track that came out a couple of weeks, and he is ready to take over the world. It’s Ok, and normally I (Hootie Who) wouldnt comment on it if it wasn’t for three things.
1) He has brought back the harmonica. Why? God knows, he can play it but when was the last time you heard a wicked harmonica solo? Let alone in a 2012 pop song?
2) I have made the case on twitter many times that now that Dbanj has the ears of the British public (this performance at the recent BBC Radio 1 festival being the pinnacle of his recent hard work) he could have released a package of his best songs. A 4 track ep with Scapegoat, Fall In Love, Mr Endowed (not a fan but the Snoop Dogg on the remix would have done something) and Suddenly would have been amazing. Tracks that works incredibly in a carnival, trust me I know. Calabar Carnival 2010 was all Fall In Love all the time.
3) This is Dbanj’s first song post his split with producer Don Jazzy, this is him stepping out of the hit making machine that was Mo Hits (Don Jazzy and Dbanj’s record label). This single needed to be big, who knows if he will even end up on the G.O.O.D. music LP Cruel Summer later this summer? All his talk of getting a Def Jam Africa record label was no more than Naija Boys talking.
At the end of the day we see a man with the world at his feet and the talent to take it, we hope that he can.