Oh it’s definitely that time of year again. Summer is finally here (in all its English glory) and whether or not it feels it, this IS as good as it’s going to get. With it brings us Carnival season and for dancehall, bashment, and soca, THE most important months of the calendar. With the festivals already in full swing, artists and DJ’s are now beginning to gear up for the August bank holiday. Many a riddim at the ready and a whole heap of summer anthems to unload on us, I caught up with some of the UK’s leading dancehall reps to ask their opinion. What exactly will be giving the crowds at Notting Hill Carnival 2011 something to sing about?
Name: THE remix extraordinaire otherwise known as Seanie B.
Began DJ-ing in 1988 (age 14) with the family soundsystem ‘Limited Edition’.
Wotless by Kez, Anything by Vybz Kartel. Awoohhhh! BMF is gonna be stupid in the streets… Maybach Music!!!!!
Name: Joe “The Knowledge” Grime
Plays on Déjà vu FM every Tuesday 4-6pm!
Vybz Kartel’s anthems summertime & british love will run everywhere – from aiya napa to festivals.
Di Genius New Riddim – Bad Acid I believe will do big things.
Spice has done a remix of her new track “fun” with missy elliot which is a good summer anthem (On Equinoxx’s Wash Belly Riddim)
Stylo G – Call Me A Yardie is the biggest anthem from a UK artist although the remix of Tun Up (Gappy Ranks ft Russian) with Collie Buddz is bad!
Contra Riddim is also gonna be massive (New riddim from ZJ Chrome) Also think White Liver Riddim (Cashflow Records) is a banger & Blaze Fia will do well. Finally Matrimoney Riddim is gonna do big things, classic key change its got all the ingredients.”
Name: Marvin Sparks
Random Fact: Journalist- TeamMTVWrapUp & TeamSoulCulture
Every Gyal- Chipmunk & Mavado (the biggest!), Benz Punany- Vybz Kartel & Call Me A Yardie- Stylo G
Name: Gabriel Heatwave
Random Fact: Run’s the biggest Dancehall night in the UK ‘Hot Wuk’, DJ’s on Rinse (Sundays 1-3am)
Star Bwoy- Mavado, Summer Time- Vybz Kartel, Call Me A Yardie- Stylo G & Wotless- Kez