It’s that time again, carnival is nearly upon us and that means time for another installment of our World Carnival mix series. The latest addition is number 6 in the series and was kindly hosted by Don’t Watch That as a carnival edition of their Don’t Mix That series. Get this through your speakers and head over to Don’t Watch That to read a carnival themed Q&A with us.
As per the other mixes we have featured tunes we have been bumping at HDD HQ and at our monthly parties, spanning soca, dancehall, afropop and club music. It will definitely get you in the mood for Notting Hill Carnival and for our World Carnival party this Sunday.
Stush HDD Intro MJ Cole Crazy Love (Murlo Edit) Kes Endless Summer Hipsters Don’t Dance Style Up Popcaan Cool It Tinashe 2 On (Murlo Refix) Kranium Nobody Has To Know (Show Me Remix) Moelogo The Baddest Remix (feat. Giggs) Mavado Nuh Trust Friend Leftside Wickidest Wine Ward 21 Spot The J Raine Seville Mad Dem Demarco Gyal Anthem Gage Hello Kitty Busy Signal Saddle Up Timaya Sanko Patoranking Girlie O Arri Peters We Drinking (Feat. D’Chancellor) Joey B Tonga (Feat. Sarkodie) Marcy Chin Bounce (Feat. Ward 21) Bunji Garlin All O’Dem Patrice Roberts Wukking Up Navino Give God The Glory Machel Montano Drop It Down Kes Never See Come See Busy Signal Luv Gyal Owiny Signoma Band Nyiduonge drums Tl Dreamz Undi Da Ki Penha (Feat. DJ Djeff) Wizkid Show Me D Money Major Notes 419 Riddim Gaia Beat Timpelequece (Feat. Fiuk Tutuka) Bunji GarlinGi Dem Dey Olatunji Yearwood Wha Yuh Drinkin Jubilee I-95 CYPHR & Sudanim U Most Robzilla Calling All Girls (Samrai’s World Carnival Remix feat Fox ) Konshens & J Capri Pull Up To Mi Bumper (#G2DJ Remix) Girl Unit Club Rez (Rizzla’s Club Cecile Bootleg Kunq)
The redo gets a good video with Popcaan exuding all the cool. Also nice use of product placement for Puma. With Drake now singing Kranium at gigs this isn’t as strong for summer song contender but it still goes and will continue to do so.
Ps continued shout out to Wundah and Lea-Anna for the OG.
Yesterday Popcaan released his debut album Where We Come From on Mixpak with help from strong production team Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Anju Blaxx, Adde Instrumentals and Jamie Roberts and trust us it was worth waiting for. On the production side each producer has excelled and every tune on the album is sounding clean, crisp, considered and perfect for Popcaan’s vocal styling.
Popcaan has really grown as an artist and on this album he proves himself as the Unruly Boss, stepping away from party anthems like Ravin and Party Shot for a second to lament over a solitary steel pan on Ghetto (Tired of Crying) and to give his commentary on the status quo on The System. The album of course has some tunes that are more on the slack side like Number One Freak, Love Yuh Bad, and Cool It with Poppy showing his Gallis side with brilliant lines like
any line from Naughty Girl weh mi quote, pum pum run like Usain Bolt
The album includes Everything Nice which has become an anthem since its release. We’ve seen artists like Konshens, Aidonia and Stylo G show their support for the tune on instagram, videos of crowds call for forwards at JA parties, and people vibing to it as the lights turn on at the end of our parties.
Our favourites so far are Addicted, Cool It and Ghetto(Tired of Crying) but as twitter conversations yesterday proved the favourites will probably keep rotating. This is truly the sign of a great album.
The album ends Popcaan telling his story on the title track, which reminds us a little of Drake’s Started From The Bottom. Popcaan is reflecting on his journey so far from dreaming big to meeting World Boss to ‘bussing a spliff in the dream car’ while never forgetting his beginnings.
Real thugs never forget the dump land or where mi come from
As the tune fades out it makes you want more and there is no doubt in our minds that there is a lot more to come from the Unruly Boss.
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.
It’s soca season and in our favourite (soca) diss track of the year Mr Famous calls for people to play more local artists this carnival and return to playing soca greats like Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Shadow and Kitchener, instead of dancehall stars Kartel, Popcaan and Tommy Lee. We love soca and dancehall stars alike but Mr Famous’ Konshens, Rdx and Aidonia impressions in this track are pretty damn special!