Sometimes the trouble with Mavado is that he releases a slow burner alongside two other meh tunes and you then spend a month looking for the slow burner that has infiltrated your brain. My Own is a bit like Weed and Hennessy as it takes a while to grab you but when you do you love it. Lyrically it features Mavado fighting back against those who may have taken the opportunity to fire shots whilst he wasn’t in Jamica working with Khaled. Although they will never make my dream EP of French Montana and Mavado, it’s good to know that Mavado still has dancehall fans and haters to appeal to and obliterate respectively.
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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
Aidonia Tip Pon Yuh Toe
The video for Mavado and Nickis collab is out. The red head who if you don’t look closely resembles a bit like Katy B is off putting. So is Nicki’s patois whilst holding a tiny Trini flag. Also just realised that Mavado’s bridge mimicks DMX’s classic verse on his collab with Aaliyah, Back In One Piece.
Always good to see Mavado destroy a dancehall riddim. Check out his latest lyrical madness on the low key but catchy Head Phone Riddim
Khaled protege and the woman who turned down his marriage proposal (we know it’s fake) team up for this song. There isn’t much to say, its a song that will live and die with it’s video. Like freaks it’s missing something. What i don’t get is Nicki’s heritage is Trini yet always raps in patois when with any carribbean artist. As for Mavado, he isn’t in March Out mode but there is enough catchy stuff in here for somewhat of a hit.
The past two years 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. Here are our (Kazabon & Hootie Who) recommendations for 2103
Toddla T at SSP Soundsystem
Toddla T has curated one hell of a line up for his takeover of SSP sound system on carnival Monday. Special guests Fuse Odg and Bunji Garlin were added this week and will be joining HDD favourites Serocee, Jus Now, Atumpan, Stylo G, Lady Stush and more between 12pm and 7pm Monday 26th at the corner of Alderson Street and Kensal Road. More details here.
HDD World Carnival Party
If you have been following our World Carnival mix series you know how we like to party and this year we are throwing our second World Carnival party, this time at The Old Blue Last. This year we will be joined by Swing Ting’s Samrai and Palm City Social’s Moroka alongside HDD residents The Large and Illanja. More details here.
Pump it up by di trucks
Following the trucks is one way to make sure you hear all of your favourite soca hits at carnival. A lot of people tend to overlook this part of carnival which is a shame because you really should experience it. HDD favourites Trini Gladiata (who also has a birthday party at Birthdays on Sunday) and Schlachthofbronx will be on the floats all weekend. Try and catch the Abir float as it will be serving free drinks all day, Schlachthofbronx will be at the Urgent Union Float on Monday.
Tucked away in the massive celebration of carribbean music is Nigerian Corner. Basically the biggest Nigerian street party in the UK. Wande Coal, JJC and D’banj have all performed before. It is only on the Monday at Adela Street.
Carnival 2013 Anthems
Every year has it’s anthems and this year we think Whine and Kotch and Atenna will be running things. We also included our dark horse picks for Carnival Anthem 2013, Jus Now – Tun Up and Mavado – March Out.