Last Thursday we returned to London’s own Radar Radio and had the pleasure of Joya Bravo join us in studio. Make sure you check out her interview and amazing live performance. Bashment on a Violin are you dizzy bruv?
Wonder who this is about? Dancehall is currently in war mode with everyone not on the best of terms. Shit even Busy is stepping up to the plate to defend Bounty’s honour. This cut on the Gwaan Bad riddim, probably battling Boombox for riddim of the year, is incredibly strong and shows people that Mavado hasn’t lost it. You should also check out Lady Saw’s cut on this riddim.
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.
Although Lady Saw’s Sidung is confusingly similar to her hit Backshot with Spragga Benz, its a heavy hitting dancehall tune with the Energy God featuring on guest vocals. We especially love how Ele is posing as an EHL worker delivering riddims to the Muma Saw in the video for the clean version of the tune. In one of the realest interviews out there Marion chats to Entertainment Report about why she’s back in studio after baby breaks and stress breaks and how she stays relevant without saying swag. She also states that dancehall is definitely not dead on the female side and despite her love for Cham’s wife O, Tifa and Spice nobody can fill her shoes.
Murlo (whom you can catch at HDD this saturday) just cooked up another refix this time it’s Lady Saw that get’s his signature treatment. No long talking was remodelled into the classic garage track Bump N Grind by M Dubs. Murlo’s grimey soca influence is all over the haunting and slightly titillating track. In effect it’s a northern reply to Lady Saw’s refrain of putting her on his big ninja bike.
The Matrimoney movie is definitely the best medley video this year (sorry Barmitzva riddim). The riddim is brought to you by Washroom Entertainmentand features cuts by Wayne Marshall, Future Fambo and Sean Paul, Lady Saw, and Tifa.
What makes this video stand out is the excellent execution of a very simple idea which reflects the riddim, and the interaction between the artists as they move through the different cuts on the riddim. We also love seeing the stars as older versions of themselves.