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.
Inspired by dancehall riddims and the recent work of two of our favourite producers Murlo and Dubbel Dutch, we have decided to launch the HDD Strictly Riddims mix series focusing on our favourite instrumentals. With this series we hope to increase appreciation for dancehall riddims and instrumentals as we feel that in dancehall the productions and producers don’t often get the props they deserve. The second mix in the series is from HDD’s Hootie Who mixing his favourite riddims. Who needs vocals!
Every week the excellent So Shifty guys will bring you a performance that they deem #unf*ckwithable. You can give them suggestions on twitter just using that hashtag but ultimately they will decide. This week’s edition is Project Pat’s Chickenhead – which is also one of the tunes featured in Hootie Who’s mix for the HDD House Party Bridges & Hooks Podcast
Hootie Who is back with the latest #hddhangover mix. This mix is a little different than the rest of the series in the sense that you aren’t meant to listen to it hungover instead this is meant for those long London commutes. It also doubles up on music from artists like Chase N Cashe, Future, Kil Kish, Miguel, Jeremih, Dom Kennedy and many others.
You can also download the mix here.