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!
The only way to pretty much guarantee a post on this site is a medley video and finally after a couple of months we have one. This time it’s for last year’s Overtime riddim. Gyptian, Mavado, Christopher Martin, Popcaan, Beenie Man and more. It may be Island pop is but the video is fantastic, even if it is just a smooth blend of all the artist’s individual ones.
We have been playing Kling Klang Riddim for a good few months now – our World Carnival #3 mix opened with Champion Bubbler and the riddim produced by Dre Skull was one of our top tunes of 2012 and the soundtrack to our World Carnival party video. The video for Popcaan’s cut So We Do It dropped two weeks ago and Tifa’s Champion Bubbler video dropped yesterday and boy were they worth waiting for! They were both directed by Andrew Capper on location in Jamaica and they are some of the best dancehall videos we have seen for some time – the Popcaan one is so good that Kazabon was worried about Popcaan’s safety! You can read more about Andy Capper’s work and his recent projects with Dre Skull in this interview by Suze Webb over on the Mixpak blog.
One of our favourite sites on the internet is Kingston Style, we are fans of Jamaican fashion (the BTS of the new Major Lazer Video is our idea of heaven) and this ode to Snapbacks is perfect for us. Chi Ching ching might have the best style of any Jamaican artist right now (check out his facebook group). We do love Popcaan’s cardigan and snapback combo’s but it’s more a case of him looking like a baller grandad.
As 2012 comes into its last few days we decided to repeat last year’s near- impossible task of picking our top 20 tunes of the year. Based on the tunes we have been playing out and the tunes we have been listening to at HDD Headquarters, in no particular order, here are our top hip hop, dancehall and tropical tunes of 2012.