YouTube Surfing: The Heatwave

Selectah! We call on trio, The Heatwave, to pick ten YouTube gems – spanning UKG, reggae, jungle and dancehall. This is one for the nice weather and carnival vibes. They explain below that the tracks are taken from their forthcoming mix which is available from August 6. Enjoy!

“These tracks are all featured on our upcoming mix Five Million Rewinds, celebrating 50 years of Jamaican raving in the UK. They span the five decades since Jamaica gained its political independence, over which time the UK has become musically dependent on the island! The Heatwave are known for more up to the time Jamaican and Jamaican-influenced sounds, but there’d be no dancehall without ska, no jungle without booming reggae basslines, no UK garage without pioneering Jamaican MCs…”

Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop (1964)

‘One of the first ever Jamaican tunes to hit the UK charts, and famously the track that ignited David Rodigan’s passion for Jamaican music.’

U Roy – Wear You To The Ball (1970)

‘Not the first man to chat lyrics over instrumentals but the first to popularise it and an undisputed pioneer of MCing, toasting, rapping, spitting or whatever you want to call it.’

Janet Kay – Silly Games (1979)

‘The archetypal lovers rock tune, a genre developed in the UK in the late 70s as Britain’s Caribbean community began to forge its own distinctive branch of reggae music.’

Sugar Minott – Good Thing Going (1981)

‘More lovers rock, but this time featuring legendary Jamaican singer Sugar Minott, testament to how this UK sound crossed back over the Atlantic.’

Jah Screechy – Walk & Skank (1984)

‘A massive dancehall hit, this sold over 40,000 copies on vinyl before being sampled by early 90s rave act SL2 for the chart-topping smash On A Ragga Tip.’

Super Cat – Mud Up (1987)

‘Exemplary microphone skills from one of the best MCs of all time. Crisp drums, infectious keyboard lines, deep bass and an amazing flow.’

Jigsy King & Leviticus – The Burial (1994)

‘Jungle would not have existed without the dancehall records and tapes that UK producers sampled. This is one of the best examples of that style.’

Stush – Dollar Sign (2002)

‘Sticky learned his craft alongside reggae producers in London and Jamaica before bringing that influence to UK garage. Stush says describes this beat as ‘sped-up dancehall’ and I wouldn’t argue.’

Vybz Kartel, Popcaan & Gaza Slim – Clarks (2010)

‘Jamaican artists singing about British shoes in a very catchy way. Obviously always gonna be a big hit over here!’

Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie (2011)

‘Stylo G was born in Jamaica but moved to Peckham as a teenager, growing up with garage, grime and jungle. This tune hit all over the world, anywhere where people know who Bob Marley is.’

The Heatwave will play at the Urban Nerds Carnival Special on August 25.

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