After almost two years of the Style & Swagger show being on the air The Large, Why Delila and I (Kazabon) have decided to take a Style & Swagger hiatus due to our work commitments. From monthly recordings at the Reel Rebels studio always accompanied by one of Roti Stop’s famous rotis and some Red Stripes, to dancehall, bashment and soca filled late nights in the NTS studio – we really have had a blast.
We’ve had some fun times being interviewed by Callaby Mag, Mixmag and Time Out and had some amazing guest selectors and MCs on the show Serocee,Tuggawar, Fresharda, Wrongtom, 1TA from Part 2 Style, HDD’s Hootie Who and Murlo. Although we are taking a break from the show for a while, this is not the end – we are by no means stepping away from music. I will still be running things here at HDD with Hootie Who, The Large will still be running all things Shimmy Shimmy related and Why Delia will be writing for United Reggae. I want to say a big thank you to all of you who have listened to and supported the show. If you missed our final show, check out the podcast above – we played some S&S anthems and some of our favourite dancehall covers (some of these are pretty special especially Beenie Man’s cover of this). If you missed any of our past podcasts or are feeling nostalgic for the show check them out on our mixcloud page.
Our last session was all about our residents and we had a blast! Big up HDD residents Murlo, The Large, Why Delila, Illanja and Kazabon & Hootie Who for the tunes on the night, and big up Khusela Kush Ngcaba for the pics. Our next session at Meter will be on July 7th.
This Saturday’s session is all about our residents so we decided to do a top 5 honouring the talented djs and producers in our camp. Catch residents Murlo, The Large, Why Delila, Illanja and HDD DJs Kazabon and Hootie Who playing the best in hip hop, dancehall and tropical this Saturday at Meter.
DJ Kent ft Malehloka – Fallin (Murlo Remix)
The latest offering from Murlo is this remix of South African house tune fallin, which features his unique signature sound. Murlo has come a long way from his 2010 mix for Palm Out Sounds and is definitely a producer to watch out for.
One of the joys of having a residents special is that we get to enjoy Illanja’s reggae set. Illanja’s record collection is not one to be sniffed at, and it is always a pleasure to hear what delights he has in store for us.
Why Delila who also hosts the Style & Swagger show on NTS (alongside The Large & Kazabon) runs nights under the Physically Fit name and djs at various events around London in addition to being one of our residents.
Kazabon & Hootie Who – Gothic Aaliyah
Kazabon and Hootie Who are founders of the HDD club night and also dj and make refixes under the Hipsters Don’t Dance name, in addition to writing the blog and designing HDD tees.
We find our June session taking part during the massive Jubilee weekender. Of course there will be many events going on to celebrate it but there will only be one Royal Carnival. Join us on June 2nd at Meter and kick off the summer season with our HDD royal family as they bring you a regal session of hip hop, tropical and dancehall. Our residents even have royal aliases for the night!
Style & Swagger aka HDD residents Kazabon, The Large and Why Delila are taking over The Big Chill Bar (just off Brick Lane) this Friday for a night of reggae, dancehall, bashment and soca. Joining them on the night is guest selector Vamanos of Ghetto Bassquake and Palm City Social. Check out Style & Swagger’s quick-fire party promo mix below to get you ready for Friday. More info and directions on the Facebook event page
We’ve all been there flagging after a long night out, the pounding headache, the fear of natural light and the craving on any food to soak up last night’s hangover. We at HDD have a phrase for those suffering after a night out at Hipsters Dont Dance (1st saturday of every month) it’s called a #hddhangover. So as a thank you to our amazing crowd we have decided to create a mix series to ease you back into the real world.
The fifth mix in the series is by HDD resident Why Delila, it’s better than Alkaseltzer!
Here are a few words from her:
Like most people when I’m hungover, I need to be comforted. For me, dub and reggae are the most reassuring types of music. The first few tracks on this mix take me back to the parties my Mum used to have when I was a child, so it’s the ultimate in homely music for me. I also tried to avoid mixing as much as I could – mixing feels a bit too energetic for a hungover state! I really enjoyed putting together this mix, mainly because it gave me an excuse to repeatedly play Dadawah and King Tubby as ‘research’. Hope you’re as soothed by this as much as I am!