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.
Walshy Fire, Party Shot (Riddimstream Vol. 6): Our own Walshy Fire from the legendary Black Chiney Sound returns with Party Shot, the lastest in his best-of-style collaboration mixes with Caribbean digital marketing and promotions team Riddimstream. Walshy, a Miami-based badman/DJ/actor/media personality has been steadily running things on a global level year after year, and wastes no time on the boards with Volume 6 of this popular series. Rinsing out a heap of necessary riddims and singles in current bashment and dancehall, you’ll get treated to some trademark Black Chiney exclusives, plus big riddims like Smudge, BBQ, Overproof, Dancehall Pull Up, as well as some Chan Dizzy, Bounty, Octane and a medley of Mavado dubs on the Contra riddim, and plenty more to shake your stank at. Party shaatttt… Download here.
Mashup Intl, Cocoradio #3 (via Seen): Our folks at Seen, on the other side of the lake in Sweden, just released the third volume of their mix series in conjunction with fellow Swede, DJ/producer Cocotaxi. This one is a wicked mix from Mashup Intl, a DJ/producer team from guess where…Sweden! They know a thing or two about Caribbean and tropical bass music over there, and just upon a glance of the tracklist, I knew this would be a nice little package of heat. I also couldn’t help but notice a couple Theory joints in there, including my recent remix and also Gabriel Heatwave‘s from the Flatlands Remix Project from the Federation fam, and an edit from the Overproof Riddim. Dancehall from Timberlee, Vegas, Konshens, Ward 21 and Gappy Ranks meet tropical remixes and originals from Schlachthofbronx, Murlo, Max Glazer, Uproot Andy, Heartbreak, Dubbel Dutch, Kingdom, some Swedish sounds, and some Cocotaxi and Mashup Intl bits in there as well. Stream below, tracklist and more info here.
Style & Swagger, Best of 2011: London’s Style & Swagger crew (Why Delila, The Large and Kazabon) in association with their Hipsters Don’t Dance teammates have a pretty good hold on tings over on their side. They mainly deal with straight reggae and dancehall at their HDD parties, but are well versed in matters of soca, tropical, UK funky and world bass music as well. For this slice of their NTS podcast they recap and, as they put it,”try and squeeze almost all of our favourite dancehall tunes from 2011 into 2 hours…” They cover a fair amount of ground and also take a few left turns that are a welcome addition to many of the year-end mixes that feature all the same tunes as each other. They also slid in one from this guy, a tune they charted in their recent top 20 for 2011 chart which also includes Carib anthems like “Wotless,” “Go Go Wine,” “Jump Up Around” and “Call Mi A Yardie.” Definitely a solid roundup from the S&S gyals. Stream below, tracklist and more info here.
Green B, Hot Gyal Promotion Vol 4.2: Bay Area-based reggae and dancehall DJ Green B of the Cooyah Ladeez (with fellow bad gyal DJ Daneekah, with whom she runs the Cooyah Wednesdays party held every week in SF’s Mission district) is back with a big new mix, showcasing her knowledge and depth of current dancehall music. Serving as the follow up to Vol. 4.1 of her Hot Gyal Promotion series (which we posted a little while back), this chapter is strictly dancehall and bashment where the first was pure one drop and culture. Smoothly running off some big and badd riddims like Monkey Barrel, TGIF, Arabian Nights, Snap Back and more, Green B wastes no time in treating you to the good stuff with very little filler. Definitely a solid offering from another hustling female DJ on the grind…Large Up the ladies every time! Stream and tracklist here, download directly here.