Words by DJ Arems
We’re one week away from the first day of spring, but for most of the Northern Hemisphere winter still has firm grip on us and refuses to let up. Thankfully we’ve found some pure fiyah to keep you warm until the sun kicks in the door.
Alkaline x Jugglerz, Formula: When Alkaline first started to bubble in 2013 he had his fair share of nay-sayers, most of them saying he sounded like Vybz Kartel and copied too much of Di Teacha’s subject matter. Fast forward to 2017 and Alkaline is one of the biggest dancehall artists in the world having put all the haters to bed with a string of undeniable hits. DJ Hagi of Germany’s Jugglerz has compiled a well mixed compilation of the Champion Boy’s biggest hits making it easy to hear why Alkaline is one of the top 3 artists running dancehall right now. 55 minutes of bloodclaat wickedness! Download and stream below.
DJ Rusty G, Soca Madness 8: By now, those who traveled to Trinidad for this year’s Carnival have probably made a full recovery from all the celebrating but many a fete are still to come and Bermuda’s Rusty G has what you need to get ready for them with Soca Madness 8. Setting it off with 4 different versions of the Ultimate Rejects’ Full Extreme (arguably the biggest jump up soca chune this year) then hitting you with 65 more tracks of wuk and wine gold, this mixtape is one of the most comprehensive soca mixes we’ve heard so far. A definite must listen for soca warriors world wide. Stream and download below.
Sammy Needlz, DJcity Podcast: If you’re a professional DJ, you know DJcity as one of the best music pools to belong to in order to get all the heat you’ll need to shell down any club. As the main curator for DJcity’s dancehall and soca section, Sammy Needlz is instrumental in keeping DJs up on what’s good from the Caribbean side of things. This quick 30 minute mix features a selection of his favorite dancehall and soca chunes currently available for download in the music pool. With a nice mix of pop, moombahton and tropical flavor throughout, this one goes down well with new comers to the scene and veterans alike. The perfect mix to start your day off right. Stream below.