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.
Rizzla & Blk Adonis Batty Jack
O Money Pull Up
Bunji Garlin Differentology
Burna Boy Yawa Dey
Mavado March Out
Red Fox Hot Like Fiyah
Tarrus Riley To The Limit
Ice Prince feat Burna Boy, Yung L & Olamide Gimme Dat
Wiz Kid Jaiye Jaiye
French Montana feat Nicki Minaj Freaks
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru Khona
Specialist & Ishawna Do For Love
Charly Black & J Capri Whine & Kotch
Macka Diamond Dye Dye
Vybz Kartel School
Dubbel Dutch Dip So
Drake feat Majid Jordan Hold On We’re Going Home
Aidonia Tip Pon Yuh Toe
SDC feat Poe & Boj Feel Alright
Popcaan Everything Nice
Popcaan Whine & Stop
Lady Saw Heels On
Gappy Ranks & K Dot Salute
Fuse ODG Antenna
DeeWunn & Marcy Chin Bunx Up
Farmer Nappy Stranger
Kari Jess Like A Genie
Tifa Tiki Tiki
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As we get ready to celebrate four years of Hipsters Don’t Dance on December 7th with Poirier and Serocee, we have selected four of our favourite tunes from Poirier (look out for our top 4 x Serocee tunes next week). Choosing four tunes was a pretty tough task as Poirier has an amazing back catalougue of productions, remixes and refixes. Ever since he dropped palance during his set at Red Bull x Major Lazer Notting Hill Carnival party back in 2010 we knew we had to have him dj at one of our parties! If you are not familiar with his work these selections will give you a taste of what’s in store at our birthday bash on December 7th.
Blazin is on the same album (No Ground Under) as another favourite of ours Go Ballistic from back in 2007, it was probably around this time that we fell in love with Poirier’s productions. Blazin features Face T on vocals and the pair always work well as a team.
Poirier gives us an African drum laden version of Press Up with this remix which we feel falls in the same category as Aidonia’s Tip Pon Yuh Toe and Spice’s Hot Patty Wine. It is part of the Booty Based Mob compilation which you can get here by naming your price!
Its no secret that we love soca here at HDD HQ and last year Poirier’s Soca Road EP provided us with some fresh power soca with an international vibe. Bring It On is our favourite track on the EP and features Cape Town’s EJ Von Lyrik riding Poirier’s signature soca sound like a pro! Kazabon chose this tune as one of her honorable mentions for top tunes of 2012.
We all know Erup’s big hit but who know’s about the remix ep that came out with remixes of the tune by Poirier, Grahmzilla, Nick Catchdubs and Lunice?! Poirier’s remix is our favourite and still sounds fresh today.
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