Rooftop Ranking has almost arrived and we are really looking forward to partying at Dalston Roof Park alongside some of London’s best djs and MCs. To get you warmed up and ready for tomorrow today’s top 5 is all about ranking!
Bob Marley – Top Ranking
We couldn’t do a ranking top 5 and not include this tune, Bob’s music speaks for itself.
Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
A favourite at HDD HQ even if they couldn’t hold a note live Althea and Donna reached number 1 with Uptown Top Ranking and it is still gets forwards today.
Louie Rankin – Typewriter
Some of you may know Louie Rankin from his roles in Shottas and Hype Williams’ Belly, but he is most famous for this tune Typewriter which was released in 1992
Gappy Ranks – Wine Pon Di Edge
London’s Gappy Ranks has been at the forefront of the UK dancehall scene for the last few years, having had huge hits with Stinkin Rich, Heaven in Her Eyesand Put The Stereo On. His latest tune Pon di Edge is also a heater which may just be be one of this year’s carnival anthems.
Shabba Ranks – None A Dem
Shabba surprised us all when he jumped on Di Genius’ Pepper Riddim last year to record one of the best cuts on the riddim. Shabba says it all in the intro – None a dem bad like Shabba Ranking
As 2011 is coming to a close we decided to do the 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 2011.
Its that time of year again, time to dash around choosing presents for your nearest and dearest. We thought we would help you out since it is the season and all that! Here are our HDD gift picks this festive season.
1. Toddla T – Watch Me Dance
One of the most listened to albums this year at HDD HQ. This album has seen Toddla T grow as a producer and work with an array of different vocalists including Roisin Murphy, Jamie George, Wayne Marshall and Tifa. The physical release includes the feature film Always Moving on DVD. The CD and DVD are available to buy here for £7.99 (+p&p)
2. Schlachthofbronx Airhorn
Life is better with airhorns, therefore Christmas is better with airhorns! What better way to show someone you love them than with this Schlachthofbronx airhorn. Available from the newly launched Schlachthofbronx website for 21.90euro (+p&p)
3. Murlo – Nectah
Its no secret that we love Murlo at HDD, his Nectah EP has just been released on Pollinate records and is the perfect stocking filler. The release is available from Juno at a steal of £2.99
4. Mixpak Wave & Wine t shirt
Better than the usual Christmas socks you find in your stocking, this Mixpak t shirt features African print inspired lettering spelling out a soca phrase. How could we not love it! Available from the Mixpak shop for $25 (+p&p)
5. HDD Dance t shirt
We couldn’t have a Christmas gift guide and not include our much loved new HDD t shirts. Available for £15 (+p&p) from our online shop
6. Shimmy Shimmy Shabba Ranks t shirt
A sunny t shirt featuring one of dancehall’s legends Shabba Ranks, these tees have been so popular that the Shimmy Shimmy crew have re-printed just in time for Christmas. Available for £25 (+p&p) from the Shimmy Shimmy website
With the lanuch of twomoombahton nights and the Dave Nada Blow Your Head compilation i thought it would be a good time to look at the foundation of the genre. The Dem Bow riddim is similar to the Sing – Sing break in Baltimore, it is th foundation from which other moombah tunes come from. Dembow riddim originated from dancehall, You can hear greats such as Beenie Man, Shabba and others dj’s over the riddim. Then a Puerto Rican Mc called Nando Boom added his own flavour to it and the rest is history. Other central/south american countries added their own bits and pieces and the riddim mutated into reggaeton.
Reggaeton may have flamed out incredibly quickly to the western world but it continued to remain strong in it’s native countries. And since the creation of Moombah these elements have been revisited with Munchi and Heartbreak taking influence from their own ancestry. We have been playing bits of moombahton for almost a year now, tending to favour the more soulful and dancehall elements as opposed to the dubstep and electro elements, either way we are glad to see it’s boom.
(props to santero (low bee forum legend) for pointing out that it’s moombahton. I get lazy and call it moombah.)