We don’t know what’s exactly in the water right now but various influences came together at the same time for this riddim mix to happen. First of all you have Spooky‘s Coolie Joyride EP out on Oilgang records, look out for the refixes especially the Samename one. Then you have Spooky’s mix for Mixpak where he showcases his favourite examples of Grime and Dancehall meeting up. You also have last year’s 10 year anniversary of Grime, Oil Gang’s reggae mix he sent us, Slackk and Murlo’s work ethic and Natalie Storm Boys for Breakfast being used by Adidas for their latest campaign(see above). Then there was the tease that we are finally going to hear the sequel to Showa Eski called Showa Step. All of it combined to make us want to do a riddim mix combining the two riddims and cuts from Donaeo, Kano, Ward 21, Natalie Storm, Einstein and the man himself Wiley. Shout out to Commander B for making Pum Pum riddim and Prodigal Entertainment for the riddims themselves.
We have been playing this tune at our events since we heard it a little while back, and are happy to see that Fuse ODG has finally dropped the video with a special verse from Donaeo and cameo from comedian Eddie Kadi. Its nice to see that Tiffany also features in the video, showing you her moves on the ‘Azonto Cam’ – what better way to learn the Ghanaian dance.
Catch us alongside Fuse ODG at Roundhouse Rising presents Kiss My Teeth this Thursday.
7 months after our first World Carnival mix we are back with the sequel. This mix spans not only our musical influences but represents the sound of our heritage. The music that this generation of diasporas (Trinidad and Nigeria in particular) are making. So we have music from countries as diverse as Ghana, Trinidad, UK, France, Nigeria, Portugal and Germany amongst others. For us combing genres such as Soca, Azonto, House and Tropical Bass is natural and something that we have nurtured through our club night. We wanted to replicate the sounds we know are orignating from carnivals in Port of Spain, Calabar and London. We hope that you enjoy this mix, this is what we believe is our World Carnival.
Shank Ghetto Zigi Feat. Sonniballi Amanda Gnucci Banana Famalam Jam Sarkodie feat E U Go Kill Me Rayce Roll Bunji Garlin Bam Bam Shurwayne Winchester Feat Popcaan Nobody Badda Dan We Remix Atumpan The Thing King Bubba Rich Boy Riddim Instrumental X Presidents Diamond Rings Vybz Kartel Half On A Baby (Mosca Remix) Detboi Unleash The Hounds Hardhouse Banton El General Drums Of Death Venice Beach (Whole Sick Remix) Donaeo Feat Sarkodie Move To Da Gyal Dem Remix Kes The Band Precision Wine Sinden Feat Natalie Storm Pull Up Wheel Up Whole Sick & Tomb Crew I Go Sick Bambounou Aladji Timberlee Gunny Gunny (schlachthofbronx Remix) Hipsters Dont Dance Just Fine Without U (Mary J X DJ Tameil X Timbah X Lean Low refix) Popcaan Get Gyal Easy (Toddla T and Cass Lowe Remix) Pirate Soundsystem Bashy Bashy Buraka Som Sistema Candonga Redlight Get Out My Head Greenmoney Tropical Step Schlachthofbronx Apizaco
Donaeo is constantly putting out great music, from his Farmer Yardie days to Devil in a Blue Dress to African Warrior. More recently he has released a new lp and also a free Ep featuring man of the moment Sarkodie. On his last Lp he released a Uk version of the Rick Ross mixtape cut Even Deeper. The original featured a Barry White sample whilst on the UK version Donaeo covers him whilst Giggs adds the gruffness. It seems that Doneao has caught the us rap bug and has covered Meek Mill’s Houseparty (also the theme tune to our podcast series). He adds his own touches to it and really makes it his own.
As 2011 is coming to a close we decided to do the 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 2011.