Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: London

News Flash: NBC Visits Track Star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in Jamaica

Words by Jesse Serwer—

NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams recently traveled to Jamaica for a segment on Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, the Jamaican sprinter looking to reclaim her title as “the world’s fastest woman” at this year’s Summer Olympics in London. Fraser-Pryce, then known as Shelly-Ann Fraser (she’s since married), emerged from anonymity at 2008’s Summer Olympics in Beijing to win Gold in the women’s 100-meter dash, placing the fastest run time in that event 20 years. All that, while still rocking braces.

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Audio: Becoming Real feat. Lady Chann, “Work Me”

Words by Jesse Serwer, via the Fader

One net result of Major Lazer’s rise is that producers from other genres with little or no connection to dancehall seem to be a lot more comfortable experimenting with it. According to the Fader, the beatmaker known as Becoming Real normally makes “murky electronic music.” We’ll have to take their word for it, as we’d never even heard of Mr. Real before, but his “Work Me,” featuring London deejay Lady Chann, is summer-y and bashment-ready, at least if your idea of bashment is a genre-hopping London rave. In any case, we can imagine that there are some remixers ready to take it all the way to yard.

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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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