An intimate basement right on Dalston junction that has been running for 18 years.
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For the past 3 years Hipsters Dont Dance has been promoting the sound of World Carnival. Whether it's through the club night, the mixes or the website we have always wanted to showcase the music that we love. We state that we play Hip Hop, Tropical and Dancehall but in reality its so much more. Music from our respective diasporas and the music that it inspires form the fabric of our lives. There's one place that really captures that feeling and its carnival. Whether you are roaming the streets of West London or Calabar, wandering from soundsystem to soundsystem or watching the floats go by, carnival is a magic time. We have worked hard to create a similar musical atmosphere with our monthly parties and this year we are excited to be throwing our first carnival party during the August bank holiday weekend. Whilst others are fixated on bass, we decided to put on a party with DJs and Producers whose music cover the wide spectrum of Carnival.
We are honoured to have Dre Skull headline our first ever carnival party. If there is one person spearheading the sounds we love it is this Brooklyn based producer. His label, Mixpak, has released a plethora of hits from artists such as Mele, Famous Eno, Warrior One, Dubbel Dutch, Poirier, Sticky and many more, that have become favourites in our club nights. Dre Skull's own production has become a
familiar sound at not only our raves but across the world. His production on Dancehall King Vybz Kartel's classic Kingston Story LP was exceptional and recreated the chemistry between the two originally showcased on the massive single Yuh Love. This year Dre's riddims have been voiced by the likes of Beenie Man, Popcaan, Natalie Storm and the king of soca Machel Montano. Kling Klang and Loudspeaker riddim are major international hits and are sure to be played at carnival soundsystems this year. He has also been announced as part of the Major Lazer production team and played a part with the recent Snoop Lion project.
So Shifty have been HDD favourites since we started the night back in 2009 - we even included their immense remix of Busy Signal's Picante in our award winning IDJ Raw Talent mix. The Man Recording artists have been a firm fixture in the tropical scene over the past 5 years. Whether under So Shifty or JR Blender their production credits include Major Lazer, Hot Chip, TOK, The Very Best and Popcaan amongst others. They can not be categorized as just one thing, their sets span many genres from dancehall, cumbia, soca, azonto, afrobeats and good old fashioned bass. Their fans include Discobelle, Sinden and Diplo among many others. The trio took SXSW by storm earlier this year, and we are looking forward to their first ever London gig!
Dub Boy and Atki2 are both residents at one of Bristol's longest running nights Ruffneck Diskotek and it's sister night Karnival. The guys have been busy on the festival circuit recently bringing a mix of everything from dancehall, soca, footwork and juke to their sets. They guys have also been working hard on the production side with Atki2 producing as one half of Monkey Steak and Dub Boy with his unique refixes.
Murlo is a HDD resident and an astounding producer. His production work has garnered support from Mad Decent, Boy 8 Bit and many more. His unique electro bashy sound is not only sweeping the UK but the globe - even Mr Vegas spoke highly of his Certain Law remix!
The Large is one of the hardest working people in dancehall, between curating exhibitions (Art in The Dancehall) designing t shirts and running the excellent Shimmy Shimmy blog, she somehow finds the time to make dancefloors across the UK sound suh nice with her top selections.
HDD DJs Kazabon and Hootie Who are the founders and lynchpins of HDD. Their World Carnival mix series was the inspiration for this party and their World Carnival #2 mix was featured as part of Large Up's Mixtape Mondays. Expect a big and bashy set full of soca, azonto and tropical bass from the pair.
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