Mixtape Mondays: The Best Mixtapes of 2012

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December 17, 2012

Orange Hill Productions, Electro Bashy: Welcome to our Sound: Next up is a mix that gave us the first full taste of England’s Orange Hill Productions, a duo made up of Ras Kwame of BBC 1Xtra fame and producer Jnr. Tubby (a/k/a Dialtone), nephew of the late King Tubby. With their self-labeled “Electro Bashy” sound, they’ve developed a remedy for dancehall stagnancy by injecting it with growth hormones from the world of U.K. bass music, electro, Grime, U.K. funky, dubstep and more.

Kicking things off with their debut single “Wine De Best,” featuring a unique pairing of Busy Signal, grime vet Kano and hypeman extraordinaire Fatman Scoop (check the video here), the frenetic mix highlights Orange Hill singles from Vybz Kartel and Mr. Lexx and blazes through dubplates and remixes of hits by Beenie Man, Capleton, Kartel, Lady Saw, Tony Matterhorn, Stylo G and more. No ordinary remixes, though: Filtered through the “Electro Bashy” blender, tunes as familiar as “Dutty Wine” and Beenie’s “Dude” take on completely new, rave-friendly life. More than just a sampler, the frenetic and tightly mixed 45-minute session never lets up, standing out as a release on its own merit as well as a candidate for your next party soundtrack or cardio workout. Downloadย here, or stream below.