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HDD’s Top 20 Tunes of 2013


As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time for our Top 20 tunes of the year. This year more than others we feel that there is a growing scene with various radio shows, labels and DJ’s playing more and more of the music we love. There has been a lot more attention payed towards Africa, Soca finally getting more shine and Dancehall moving more and more into the mainstream. There may have not been a big crossover song but instead there has been many a song which has caught the imagination of the public. We have certainly seen a shift in our raves where people are demanding we play stuff that a few years ago they would have looked a bit lost at. Let’s hope that this momentum continues with more and more exposure to the World Carnival sound. This list has been based on the tunes that we have been playing out at our numerous raves, listening to at HDD Headquarters and generally being the best ones out this year.

Rizzla & Blk Adonis Batty Jack
O Money Pull Up
Bunji Garlin Differentology
Burna Boy Yawa Dey
Mavado March Out
Red Fox Hot Like Fiyah
Tarrus Riley To The Limit
Ice Prince feat Burna Boy, Yung L & Olamide  Gimme Dat
Wiz Kid Jaiye Jaiye
French Montana feat Nicki Minaj  Freaks
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru  Khona
Specialist & Ishawna Do For Love
Charly Black & J Capri Whine & Kotch
Macka Diamond Dye Dye
Vybz Kartel  School
Dubbel Dutch Dip So
Drake feat Majid Jordan Hold On We’re Going Home
Beyonce Partition
Aidonia Tip Pon Yuh Toe


SDC feat Poe & Boj Feel Alright
Popcaan Everything Nice
Popcaan Whine & Stop
Lady Saw  Heels On
Gappy Ranks & K Dot  Salute


Fuse ODG Antenna
DeeWunn & Marcy Chin Bunx Up
Farmer Nappy Stranger
Kari Jess Like A Genie
Tifa Tiki Tiki

Douster x Inna Style N Fashion


You may know Douster from his popular King of Africa or his Dagga remix of Busy Signal’s Da Style Deh but like a lot of the producers we love, he has a love and appreciation for dancehall which is clear in his latest EP on Mixpak Inna Style n Fashion. Not only does the release have the best Artwork we have seen in a while  it has everything you need for your summer soundtrack.

Wine is one of our favourites on the EP due to that demanding intro followed by Cee Gee willing you to ‘make love to the concrete‘ and Douster’s clever sampling – phone interference never sounded so good!

Like Gyptian’s Hold Yuh and Mavado’s Never Believe You, Wine Like a Genie has piano keys that make you fall in love with it. Dancehall tunes built on piano keys are winners in our book and Like A Genie can now be added to this category. You will be singing this one all summer.

Kantana reminds us a little of Gappy Ranks on Dollar Sign, his vocal over the rolling guitar riff and dancehall stabs make it dancefloor-ready and Keida adds the feminine touch to the EP on Never Lose. Listen to the EP below or buy it from Juno, iTunes or Boomkat