Video of Notting Hill carnival 2015 by SOUK
Whilst we are in the midst of the festival and carnival season I thought I would share the tunes that I am feeling at the moment. The tunes that gear me up and what I would like to hear on the streets of Notting Hill or in Potternewton Park in Leeds.
Here is what Inspire’s playlists look like for Summer 2016.
- Star. One feat. Takura and Agent Sasco Assassin ‘Original Badman’ This was released in June on RCA Records. This for me should be played left, right and centre at carnivals it’s such a baaad tune. If you follow Shy Fx, General Levy, Ms Dynamite, Kiko Bun etc you should understand why “Original Badman” needs to be turned up.
2. Donaeo ‘Polo’
Having just released the video for Polo I think this track is THE perfect carnival tune. Salute to Donaeo as he has been busy cooking up sounds and collaborations for a good while. In case you didn’t know Donaeo is featured on Giggs ‘Lock Doh‘ track which is currently in the Top 100 UK Chart. You guys know how I feel about Donaeo already. Go support Polo.
Taken from the Where We Come From album Popcann Ova Dweet. I think everyone has and is rinsing “Ova Dweet”. It’s only right that every DJ plays this, especially at the afterparties the crowd go to 100 real quick. I would say that this tune is one of the best tunes to come out this year and actually Popcaan has had a good year so lets continue to support good dancehall music. Congratulations on the success so far MixPack sounds.
4. DJ Champion
Record Label http://www.formularecords.com/
This mix dates back to 2013 as for me DJ Champion (Formula Records) has the bass and everything else you want to hear to shake two legs and whine to. Funky house sounds still gets played on the streets of carnival and even for me personally I always looks fo DJ Pioneer, Rinse FM and Rampage and I know I will hear classics with at least 1 production from DJ Champion.
5. Soul 2 Soul
Celebrating 25 years of their club classics vol 1. of Soul 2 Soul the DONS of sound system the parties they took over for YEARS. Its pleasure to know that they are still touring. Recently Soul 2 Soul performed a very special live lounge on BBC 1xtra in tribute to the LEGEND Trevor Nelson celebrating 20 years on the BBC airwaves.
6. General Levy ‘Incredible’
20 years ago this came out and it’s probably the biggest jungle classic tracks that will never get old. If you go carnival I guarantee the crowd will go nuts. This 60 minutes with Mista Jam clip shows just how epic Incredible really is. Look at the electricity in the studio lol.
7. Ernestine Carballo
8. Charly Black ‘Gyal You A Party Animal’
“Gyal You A Party Animal” is a hot & fresh new dancehall jam which was released back in Febury 2016 but this tune will get everybody bubbling on the streets and afterparties.
9. Alison Hinds ‘Togetherness’
I almost forgot about this Barbados queen for soca anthems. I think this song is perfect for carnival as it should be about love and unity.
10. Soca Boys One cent, Five cent, Ten cent, Dollar
This big anthem is one of the top carnival tracks along with Preacher’s ‘Jump and Wave’.
These are just some of the best tunes that get me ready for the biggest street party in the UK. There are sooo many classics and actually this list could have just been a playlist full of soca classics. However you know my style I like to mix it up with new and old gems.
Please feel free to suggest your carnival tunes. Thank you to DJ Smooth Fuego, SOUK and Natty from TG4U Radio for your suggestions.
Words By Vanessa Ryan