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
It’s no secret that we are big Dre Skull fans here at HDD HQ and this extra cut on loudspeaker riddim which features Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan on vocals is just divine. We are still debating what Megan says in the opening line but her vocals are haunting and soothing at the same time. Another reason to love the tune is that it was created as part of a Dre Skull/Puma collaboration to launch their dance dictionary project and the video features some of the world’s best dancers communicating some of the lyrics through dance. How could we not love it – especially the girl in the green disco pants!
We don’t know what’s exactly in the water right now but various influences came together at the same time for this riddim mix to happen. First of all you have Spooky‘s Coolie Joyride EP out on Oilgang records, look out for the refixes especially the Samename one. Then you have Spooky’s mix for Mixpak where he showcases his favourite examples of Grime and Dancehall meeting up. You also have last year’s 10 year anniversary of Grime, Oil Gang’s reggae mix he sent us, Slackk and Murlo’s work ethic and Natalie Storm Boys for Breakfast being used by Adidas for their latest campaign(see above). Then there was the tease that we are finally going to hear the sequel to Showa Eski called Showa Step. All of it combined to make us want to do a riddim mix combining the two riddims and cuts from Donaeo, Kano, Ward 21, Natalie Storm, Einstein and the man himself Wiley. Shout out to Commander B for making Pum Pum riddim and Prodigal Entertainment for the riddims themselves.
We are massive fans of Leftside here at HDD and also of Dubbel Dutch so when the two combine you can only imagine how happy we are. Dubbel Dutch took TI and Lil Wayne’s Ball which according to Rob Pursey of SH was the song that you heard everywhere at SXSW and added this great Leftside vocal to create this monster. We can’t wait to play it on the dancefloors and see the crowd bubble and whine. We should be cooking up something good to do with Leftside soon enough.
You should also check out his remix of Aidonia’s smutty anthem Pon Di Cocky. And make sure you check out Mixpak Radio every tuesday on Radio Lily.
If you could assemble a team of producers to make a compilation inspired by dancehall riddims, this is the exact line up we would choose. For us this is the LP of the year, it fits our sweet spot so well. We don’t have to put the words forward thinking or any loose Kartel pun because this is us. Producers incorporating different sounds to create something familiar but brilliant as well. From HDD fam Murlo and So Shifty, to faves like Rizzla & blk.adonis, Poirier, Wildlife! TJ and Suku are great as well, they could have tossed off something that didn’t really fit but theirs are just as good. Cadenza is showing versatility that few UK producers can even match, and that is including the Veterans as well. An excellent job all round, a million forwards to everyone involved.
You can DL Wildlife!’s Kloud via Spin Magazine.