Get ready for carnival this weekend.
Starting off from humble beginnings, cutting their teeth selling 7”s of their own music and holding down Rinse FM’s only ever dancehall show during the station’s pirate radio days, London duo The Heatwave have grown to become one of the UK’s most beloved selectors of dancehall and its related sounds.
They’ll be hosting the Hot Wuk Truck Party at London’s Koko on Saturday 27 August, and teaming up with Island Records 28 and 29 August for a party at St Luke’s Road at this weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival.
Ahead of the bank holiday madness, Gabriel and Benjamin have picked out their 10 favourite tracks that have emerged from Jamaica in 2016. Popcaan, Spice, Mavado and more. Press play and get ready for the festivities.
1. Konshens – Bruk Off Yuh Back
Absolute gold from Konshens, definitely our tip for biggest tune at carnival.
2. Vybz Kartel – Fever
Another brilliant party tune from Kartel. Still behind bars, still running the whole scene.
3. Alexus Rose, Beenie Man & Ricky Blaze – Apart
Brilliantly infectious dancehall love song – so simple and so captivating.
4. Alkaline – One More Time
Alkaline showing why he’s the hottest young dancehall star in Jamaica.
5. Mavado – Big Bumpa Gal
The gully god delivers another anthem.
6. Savage – Culu Culu
Sick tune – very high energy, winning anthem.
7. Chi Chi Ching – Roast Breadfruit
One of the most popular synchronised dance moves this year – from the charismatic young star.
8. Popcaan – Wicked
Popcaan returns to his roots with a badman tune.
9. Chronixx – Sell My Gun
Brilliant wordsmith and political commentary from Chronixx.
10. Spice – Indicator
Spice smashes it again with this x-rated dancing instruction song.
Hot Wuk Truck Party will be taking place this Saturday 27th August at Koko in Camden, get your tickets here. Heatwave come to Notting Hill Carnival with Island Records, 12-7pm Sunday and Monday(28th and 29th) at St Luke’s Road, London, W11 1DB.