Africa Online mix by Hipsters Don’t Dance by Kenemagirl on Mixcloud
We were honoured to be asked by Tamu of the excellent Kenema clothing brand to make a mixtape the reflected her new collection Africa Online. If you haven’t checked out the Kenema brand you must, excellent African inspired clothing made by someone that truly represents what it means to be an African.
So how did we try and capture the sound of the new emerging African talent? We hopped from country to country trying to keep it mainly new stuff. From the horns in Wizkid’s Jaiye Jaiye to SA and Angolan house we tried to capture it all. We even managed to fit in African diaspora with Moelogo’s Baddest (aka Uk’s biggest Afropop song at the moment).
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Tagged afrobeats, afropop, burna boy, clothing, fela kuti, giggs, Kc, kenema, mix, moelogo, Phenom, sdc, wizkid
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We were incredibly proud to be asked by our favourite record label Mixpak to participate in their Mixpak FM mix series. We focused on doing a afrobeats/pop mix of stuff we have been enjoying for ages. It was really nice to actually focus on this and try and capture a tiny bit of what the carnival is like. Above is a video from 4 years ago, i think it was my 2nd of my 3 visits. Get the tracklist and download link here, or stream below.
Our February session was one of our best yet at The Shacklewell Arms, so for those of you who missed it, and for those of you who want to re-live it here are some excellent shots by Egle Trezzi above, and a recording of Kazabon & Hootie Who’s set below. HDD head honchos and party starters Kazabon & Hootie Who ran through everything from dancehall to soca to afro pop to tropical bass, in true world carnival style.
Remember Hipsters Don’t Dance is the 1st Saturday of every month at The Shacklewell Arms.
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Tagged afrobeats, afropop, Dancehall, hdd highlights, hdd mix, hip hop, Hipsters Dont Dance, Kazabon & Hootie Who, kazabon & hootie who live set, mix, photos, shacklewell arms, slideshow, soca, tropical
Inspired by dancehall riddims and the recent work of two of our favourite producers Murlo (Quartz EP) and Dubbel Dutch (Self Help Riddim), we have decided to launch the HDD Strictly Riddims mix series focusing on our favourite instrumentals. With this series we hope to increase appreciation for dancehall riddims and instrumentals as we feel that in dancehall the productions and producers don’t often get the props they deserve. The 13th mix in the series is by Samrai from Manchester crew Swing Ting. If you don’t know about Samrai, you should! Not only a great DJ (make sure you see him when you can) but a great producer as well. His mix focuses on well i’ll let him describe it:
“Going for a 12″ version excursions selection ft. 80s computer / digital dancehall into 90s with a few 00s pieces to finish off as I thought they hadn’t been covered as much by the series.”
You can check out all the 12″s here.
You can download the mix here.
You can found out more about Samrai here
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Tagged dancehall7reggae mix, free download, instrumental, manchester, mix, music, riddim, samrai, seani b, series, strictly riddims, swing ting, tubby t
We lovingly call him the The Dream of Jamaica, but Leftside is really an under rated musical genius. Whether it’s his own songs, production, his record label, Keep Left Records, or even videos he really is someone that is incredible. In this 40 minute mix we chose some our favourite Leftside vocals and productions (including what we feel are the best cuts on our favourite riddims) and tried our best to encapsulate an artist who knows no boundaries. Whether it’s his classic dancehall, his alter ego Dr Evil who specialises in impersonations of Lil Wayne, Jay Z and Chris Brown, he really can do it all. People tend to overlook his work on higher tempo dance music with the likes of Major Lazer and Crookers employing him to give his magic touch to whatever madness they have cooking up. With the buzz building with his new single Monkey Biznizz we thought it’s time to make sure the world knows it’s #ALLLEFTSIDEEVERYTHING
Download the mix here
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Tagged crookers, Dancehall, denyque, dr evil, dubbel dutch, esco, Kazabon & Hootie Who, leftside, loni jones, major laxer, major lazer, mix, music, reggae, shaggy, So Shifty, stacious