We have been playing Kling Klang Riddim for a good few months now – our World Carnival #3 mix opened with Champion Bubbler and the riddim produced by Dre Skull was one of our top tunes of 2012 and the soundtrack to our World Carnival party video. The video for Popcaan’s cut So We Do It dropped two weeks ago and Tifa’s Champion Bubbler video dropped yesterday and boy were they worth waiting for! They were both directed by Andrew Capper on location in Jamaica and they are some of the best dancehall videos we have seen for some time – the Popcaan one is so good that Kazabon was worried about Popcaan’s safety! You can read more about Andy Capper’s work and his recent projects with Dre Skull in this interview by Suze Webb over on the Mixpak blog.
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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.
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)
Dre Skull’s Kling Klang Riddim gets a vocal from the Westside in the latest HDD refix. Kling Klang Episode brings new life to Dr Dre’s Next Episode by combining it with Dre Skull’s bashy dancehall riddim. Remember to support the original artists Dre Skull and Dr Dre.
If you missed our World Carnival party a few weeks ago you missed one hell of a night! We were joined by Dre Skull, So Shifty, Dub Boy, Atki2, The Large, Murlo and special guests Schlachthofbronx at Visions Video Bar in Dalston for our first ever carnival party. The video shot by Anthony Olagun and soundtracked by Dre Skull’s Kling Klang riddim makes us want to do it all over again!
The World Boss may be locked up but his music keeps on giving. The Deluxe Edition of Kingston Story was released last week on CD and vinyl by Mixpak in association with Vice, and the latest single from the Dre Skull produced album also gets the Vice treatment with this video for My Crew. The video and tune go hand in hand with Vybz’s street anthem soundtracking images of the Portmore and street life in the Gaza City.
Catch Dre Skull at our World Carnival party this Saturday 25th August at Visions Video Bar