Selector’s Choice: Cadenza Picks 10 Tracks For Notting Hill Carnival

August 28, 2015

Words by Cadenza


For this week’s Selector’s Choice, we’re heading to the U.K. with British producer Oliver Rodigan, better known as Cadenza. With Notting Hill Carnival coming up this weekend and his debut single “Foundation” ( featuring Busy Signal and Stylo G) out today, the young Rodigan shares his picks for this year’s Notting Hill anthems.

Hey, this is Oliver Rodigan aka Cadenza. Really looking forward to this weekend as my single “Foundation” featuring Busy Signal and Stylo G drops today, and it’s also Notting Hill Carnival, that moment of the year where Caribbean music comes out into the forefront in London. Here’s my picks for 10 tunes that will be in heavy rotation both on the street and at the afterparties in Notting Hill this weekend.

Protoje โ€” Who Knows
This record is still being discovered by people and I think it will be ringing loud this Carnival still. The hook puts a smile on my face every time.

Dexta Daps โ€” 7Eleven
When I was in Jamaica back in April with Kiko Bun, we heard this song on the radio everyday. It has stuck with me because the content is so X-rated but his vocal melody is so sweet.

Popcaan โ€” Everything Nice
Not a peak time track but it’s one for the after party…

Jamie XX feat. Young Thug and Popcaan โ€” Good Times
The pairing of Young Thug and Popcaan is very original and Jamie pulls it off. This is one of my favourite records of the year.

Wizkid feat. Drake & Skepta โ€”ย Ojuelegba (Cadenzaโ€™s Bookshelf Refix)
I heard this record and I was really into it so I just decided to make an edit that would work better for the club. The Afrobeat scene deserves its shine at Carnival, too!

Dre Island โ€” Way Up
I think the name says it all. No more words needed.

Dinamarca ft. Gnucci โ€” A.M.A.B
Dinamarca is a producer from Stokckholm who is reinventing the reggaeton style with a more sinister edge. One of my favourite producers at the moment!

The Frightnrs โ€” Sharon
I fell in love with this record right from the opening drum roll. The texture of the sound that The Frightnrs are able to achieve is phenomenal for a band in 2015. I think these guys could do some real damage.

Kiko Bun โ€” Where I’m From
This is a great track all about remembering your roots and how you go to where you are now. I hope more people discover this record and Kiko, as heโ€™s an amazing talent.

Chronixx โ€” Here Comes Trouble
This is close to a perfect song. Great message, outstanding production!