Cockney & Yardie: Heatwave’s UK Runnings, January 2012

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January 18, 2012

Lady Chann

Last year Lady Chann linked up with veteran Glamma Kid for the explosive “Informer,” released at the end of January along with “Equilibrium”, both produced by Sticky. The video just dropped:

With many of his biggest hits being one drop reggae (“Heaven In Her Eyes,” “Longtime,” “Thanks & Praise”), it’s easy to think of Gappy Ranks as a singer rather than a bashment artist. His two latest singles stop you in your tracks though: “Good Fuck” on Ward 21’s incredible “Monkey Barrel” riddim, and “Money Out Deh” on Wundah’s upcoming “Glory” riddim. Not that he doesn’t continue to produce high quality reggae though, as on “Feel Good” with Lea-Anna.
Stylo G takes on Jamaica’s hottest current export with his version of the “Snap Back” riddim, the source of Popcaan’s huge hit “Clean.” It’s called “Juggling” but it’s not about running tunes.

Mr Williamz is keeping as busy as ever, going international in his collaborations: “Musically Mad” with Mungo’s Hi Fi out of Scotland and “We Can’t Give Up” with Gambia’s Mandinka Warrior. Williamz’s stance, skanks and swagger in this video are as impeccable as his foundation flow:

Londoner Fresharda just dropped an EP available as a free download from Deja Vu FM. The standout track is “Cycle,” a conscious one drop featuring Fresharda’s distinctive voice and a memorable hook that is reluctant to leave your head. And superproducer Curtis Lynch takes us back to the 80s with his retro lovers’ rock riddim “Ohh Baby” with vocals from Maxi Priest, Shola Ama, Lea-Anna and more.