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.
As London gets ready to host the world’s biggest sporting event we are getting into the Olympic spirit at HDD HQ. Here are our top 5 sporting videos covering athletics, gymnastics, boxing and table tennis.
Roots Manuva – Witness
Roots Manuva’s Witness is a tune that always gets a massive reaction at our events (and at pretty much every event its played at). The tune is a classic and so is the video, where we see Roots training to win at his primary school sports day.
Kanye West – Champion
Kanye in puppet form representing the US in the Unified games, this Steely Dan sampling track is taken from his Graduation album. Like many of Kanye’s videos at the time, it got released and taken down. It’s a shame because this is great.
The Fugees feat A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes & John Forte – Rumble in The Jungle
Taken from the soundtrack to When Were Kings – a documentary about the heavyweight championship between Muhammed Ali and George Foreman, Rumble in The Jungle features the Fugees and a heavyweight lineup of mcs. The video is an excellent juxtaposition of film clips and footage of the mcs in the ring.
Chemical Brothers – Elektrobank
Gymnastics is probably one of the only Olympic sports that I (Kazabon) take time out to watch. The video for Chemical Brothers Elektrobank features my favourite element of the gymnastic course – the floor routine. The precision and flair that gymnasts have in their routines never ceases to impress and this video captures all elements of the atmosphere, from the coaches, to the crowd, to the bitchy girls on the opposing team.
Air – Kelly Watch The Stars
French duo Air teamed up with Mike Mills, with whom they collaborated a further 3 times, for this table tennis inspired video. This is one event that UK people will be paying some attention to since the Mayor of London championed it as the British sport (apparently it was invented here and was called Wiff- Waff)
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.
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.
This summer really has been the summer of Sean, the Detroit MC released his lp Finally Famous earlier in the year and this summer has seen him cement that. From guest appearances on some of the biggest songs of the year Big is really one to watch. Here are our top 5 Big Sean tracks of the year. Continue reading →