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.
Well hello Santigold, it’s been a while, we’ve missed you. You have now come back with Big Mouth, a free track which you can get by signing up to her mailing list, produced by Switch and Buraka Som Sistema. Well, its actually an interpolation of Buraka’s excellent Up All Night and some classic floating stabs with some fantastic Brazilian samba drums. all of that tied up with Santigold’s vocal style makes for one hell of a track. It’s sure to be a big hit entering this New Year.
Over the past 3 years the RBMA and Major Lazer Carnival party has become one of the musical highlights of the year. From it’s small and inauspicious beginnings to last year’s guestlist spots being snapped up in 10 seconds, the party has moved from strength to strength. Some people might only be going for the free booze and food (nothing wrong with that) but the carnival line up has always boasted the best DJ’s and producers around. The event for us has been an opportunity to see some of our favourite dj’s up close. On the eve of the guestlist being open (11th august 10 am) here are some of our favourite moments from the last 3 parties.