Apr 23, 2014
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Posts tagged: London

Captain’s Quarters: Bunny Lee on the Birth of Soundsystem Culture

Words by Jesse Serwer, via Shimmy Shimmy

“People were getting fed up [with the musicians] cos they’d drink up the rum and eat up the food, and the people didn’t have anything to sell because of them. So it was a great relief when the soundsystem came in cos you’d just put on the record and play.” That’s music legend Bunny “Striker” Lee, speaking on the practicalities that led to the genesis of sound system culture in Jamaica.

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Mixtape Mondays: Walshy Fire, Mashup Intl, Style & Swagger, Green B

Words by DJ Theory

Welcome back to reality! Hopefully you had a warm and blessed holiday with your family or loved ones. As 2011 comes to a close, Mixtape Mondays is bubbling into the New Year with some quality dancehall roundups and more tropical heat from Miami, Sweden, London and The Bay. For those who have the day off, feel free to whine up to these mixes in your house robe and slippers—and if you gotta work today well, hopefully, these will help your day suck much less. Hit those play and download buttons after the jump and leggo.

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Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Runnings, November 2011

Words by Gabriel Heatwave

Where to start this month? How about with the artist who is leading the way for UK bashment as we approach 2012: Stylo G.

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Mixtape Mondays: Jillionaire, Jah T Jr, DJ Select

Words by DJ Theory

Jillionaire, mix for Big Chill Presents (via Hipsters Don’t Dance):  Our globe-skating Trinidadian contributor Jillionaire has found himself in London at the moment to drop some tropical knowledge on the Dancehall Jamboree party on the 26th.  These London cats really know how to throw my kind of party, melding dancehall and bashment with soca, tropical bass, UK funky, dub, grime. This one is a more straight dancehall and reggae party and is bound to deliver the goods as it’s curated by the folks from some of London’s finer dancehall nights Hipsters Dont Dance and Physically Fit.  Big Chill Presents and their venue Big Chill House are pretty well recognized for events such as this and the much larger Big Chill festival which this year included Kanye West, Horace Andy, James Blake, Buraka Som Sistema, Spoek Mathambo and tons more.  To get the motors running for the party next week, Jillionaire cooked up a nice little pot of soca and dancehall that should get anybody in the London area properly fired up, and anyone in any other part of the world ready to throw off their shirt and swing it like a towel in their living room.  In addition to the Jilly thing, HDD’s own Kazabon & Hootie Who chefed up a wicked mix on the side with some of the artists on the bill plus some choice dancehall, soca and uptempo bits, and even a remix from this dude.  Definitely worth peeping as well, stream and tracklist here.  Stream and tracklist for Jillionaire mix here.

DJ Select, Bruk Out:  Our boy DJ Select just came with some new heatery, nicely balancing UK, JA and NYC vibes with selections from Vybz Kartel, Donaeo, Toddla T, Busy Signal x Fatman Scoop and Kano, MJ Cole, Maluca–and last not least a tough selection of tunes on Federation Sounds’ Flatlands Remix Project! Stream or download below via soundcloud:

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London Calling: Watch Hollie Cook’s “Body Beat” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer

It was only yesterday that we introduced you to Hollie Cook but already she’s caught our attention again. The London-based daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, and the self-titled LP she quietly released this summer, have become quite the obsession in our offices. As it turns out, Cook has just dropped a new video for the album’s track “Body Beat.” Playing into her sexy girl next door vibes, the camera follows a jean shorts-clad Cook as she strolls around London’s Portobello Road, stopping to dap up deejay/guest vocalist Horseman and peruse some vinyl. Truly a woman after our hearts, she stops to inspect Junior Delahaye’s Reggae LP, of all records. Musically speaking now, her voice floats smoothly over one of her producer Prince Fatty‘s breezier tracks, an ethereal riddim that blends lovers rock with bubbly synth flourishes. Watch the clip below, but we claim no responsibility for all of the work you’re going to shrug off once you press play.

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Like Father, Like Daughter: Introducing Hollie Cook

Words by Martei Korley

I’ll never forget the first time I heard Hollie Cook. While shooting models for a gig in Kingston, the art director, my good friend BenGee, suggested that I play her music for the girls posing with their best Pepsi smiles, instead of the usual barrage of Kartel tunes. When I relented, the quality took me for a spin: Hollie’s voice was like a cool burning fire, conjuring up images of a young Sade, or even Gregory Isaacs. The production values of the music were just as impressive. It’s been a long time since lovers rock was mixed like this. And still it sounded fresher than morning dew in a mango walk – straight goosebumps!

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