Words by Jesse Serwer—
We’re interrupting our regularly scheduled Mixtape Mondays programming this week to bring you a very special world premiere slash public service announcement.
England’s Orange Hill Productions, a duo made up of Ras Kwame of BBC 1Xtra fame and producer Jnr. Tubby (a/k/a Dialtone), nephew of the late King Tubby, have been in the lab for some time now, developing a remedy for dancehall stagnancy by injecting it with growth hormones from the world of U.K. bass music—electro, Grime, U.K. funky, dubstep. They’re finally ready to unleash the sound they call “Electro Bashy,” on the world, and they’ve given LargeUp the go-ahead to debut their new mix CD, Electro Bashy: Welcome to Our Sound.
Kicking things off with their debut single “Wine De Best,” featuring a unique pairing of Busy Signal, grime vet Kano and hypeman extraordinaire Fatman Scoop (check the video here), the frenetic mix previews upcoming Orange Hill singles from Vybz Kartel and Mr. Lexx and blazes through dubplates and remixes of hits by Beenie Man, Capleton, Kartel, Lady Saw, Tony Matterhorn, Stylo G and more. No ordinary remixes, though: Filtered through the “Electro Bashy” blender, tunes as familiar as “Dutty Wine” and Beenie’s “Dude” take on completely new, rave-friendly life. More than just a sampler, the frenetic and tightly mixed 45-minute session never lets up, standing out as a release on its own merit as well as a candidate for your next party soundtrack or cardio workout.
Download and stream Electro Bashy: Welcome to Our Sound here, or just check it below via Mixcloud. Keep up to date with Orange Hill on Twitter at @OHPMusic, and look out for more premieres from Electro Bashy Recordings on LargeUp shortly.