Last year 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. This year we have added the following carnival anthems to the list. You can check out last year’s anthems here.
There are too many Carnival anthems to mention, but I especially lovethe fact that some tunes only seem to come out for this weekend andstill always shut it down… saying that I have never seen anythingquite like the reaction to Lethal B’s POW when it first came around,2005 I think. Crazy.
Alex (Tumbleweave Blog)
Other than the recent ‘family favourites’ (Gyptian, Vybz Kartel, Major Lazer, etc etc) there are a couple of riddims that for one reason or another I love to hear when possible. For example the Money Tree Riddim (and specifically Beenie Man & TOK ‘Ms World‘) sends me loco! I am also a big soca fan, and one track that I would love to hear (but don’t necessarily expect to) is Superblue’s ‘Signal For Lara‘ – it’s an ode to Brian Lara out of Trinidad and Tobago, and it is guaranteed to make my day every time.
Moroka (Producer / Pollinate)
Just for sheer power and movement in recent memory got to be the PALAAAAANCE.
James Hamlin (Breaking Bread Podcast / North London 40)
A tough question but I’ll refer to one of my favourite Norman Jay moments of all time. As the clouds broke to amazing sunshine after an hour of solid horizontal rain. Norman dropped Bill Withers “Lovely day” – I’ll never forget that.
Two weeks time (Decmeber 3rd) we celebrate 2 years of Hipsters Dont Dance with our monthly at the CAMP. It’s been amazing and we have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The sessions at the camp have become legendary with soca mosh pits, amazing live performances and incredibly dj sets becoming the norm. What better way to celebrate than with just having our family involved, so it’s all residents. You can check out the event here.
You should also check out Large Up (the fantastic Caribbean influenced sector of the Okayplayer conglomerate) as we and Jillionaire Dancehall Jamboree mixes made their excellent mixtape monday column. Props to DJ Theory.
Our December Session is also the Offical After Party of G.R.E.Ed.S + The Remedies “Ready!” EP Launch
For more info about the EP Launch click here.
Here it is, we have been keeping the brilliant mix from Jillionaire until closer to that magic date of the 26th of November. You can check it out below but please be warned it’s a lovely mix featuring some of the best Soca and Dancehall around.
If you don’t know who he is here is the blurb from the press release:
Mad Decent’s Jillionaire has been travelling across the world with his unique sound, which combines Caribbean dancehall and soca. Stealing the show at 2009’s RBMA Major Lazer carnival party, his memorable set brought the spirit of Trinidad carnival to London. Since then he’s toured with Diplo, Switch and Skerrit Boy tearing up clubs all around Europe. He is currently preparing to launch his new label “Feel Up Records” this year and we can’t wait to having his fun carnival vibes at the Big Chill House.
To celebrate the flyer for Dancehall Jamboree being released Murlo laced us with his remix of the Stylo G banger Call Mi a Yardie. Not only can you see Murlo on the 26th of November, you can also catch Jillionaire, Curtis Lynch and Mr Williamz, Serocee, Wrongtom Meets Deemas J, Joe Grime and Fresharda. Thats all in room 1, whilst in room 2 you have HDD residents Why Delila, The Large, Illanja and Kazabon & Hootie Who (HDD Dj’s). It’s going to be massive and definitely something you don’t want to miss as it is a mixture of the scene’s legends, leaders and up and comers. I guarantee you will not find a line up this good all for free anywhere.
Over the past 3 years the RBMA and Major Lazer Carnival party has become one of the musical highlights of the year. From it’s small and inauspicious beginnings to last year’s guestlist spots being snapped up in 10 seconds, the party has moved from strength to strength. Some people might only be going for the free booze and food (nothing wrong with that) but the carnival line up has always boasted the best DJ’s and producers around. The event for us has been an opportunity to see some of our favourite dj’s up close. On the eve of the guestlist being open (11th august 10 am) here are some of our favourite moments from the last 3 parties.