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Photos: Dutty Dancing – September 2014

Photos by Robin Hearfield

A whole lot of wiggling going on, photos from the latest instalment of Dutty Dancing with a performance from Dance Central, and special guest Mat Cant (Melbourne).

Photos: Dutty Dancing | May 2014

Photos by Robin Hearfield

Thanks for dancing. Hope you had another great night of dancehall. Here are some tunes to occupy till the next party.

Listen: Romain Virgo – Too Much Bull

Listen: General Degrees – Blood Sucker

Photos: Dutty Dancing: Return of the Dance Off

Photos by Robin Hearfield

Woah. There are few parties in Sydney where people come to dance like they do at Dutty. Maximum jiggling. Intense booty shaking. Great crowd packed into the sweaty Goodgod Danceteria for a night that feels like authentic Caribbean basement party. Big love for everybody that came down, those competed in our Dance off and our winner – Jess Subbs.

Catch you at the next party. Saturday April 26 at Goodgod Small Club. In the meantime, check out Shantan’s dancehall tape…

Listen: Tifa – Body Up

Listen: Ward 21 – Ben U Back Ft. Sean Paul

Listen: DeeWun – Bunx Up Ft. Marcy Chin

Dancehall Reggae’s New Viral Video Vixens

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Dutty Dancing is back this Saturday, and yes, we are doing the dutty dance off one more time.

The stakes are high with a piece of dancehall reggae history up for grabs as we are give away one of Shabba Rank’s iconic gold ropes* in our competition. In 1994, when in Kingston, Jamaica, Nick Toth won this piece of jewelry from Shabba after settling a dispute in a deadly thumb wrestling match. It could be yours, if your booty reigns supreme in our dance off. To give you a little inspiration for your routine, we have compiled a couple more videos to keep you from doing something a little more productive.

There has been a long standing relationship between hip hop and dancehall reggae. Hip Hop started with DJ Kool Herc, who took the trend of DJs chanting over records in Jamaica and brought it to New York.

Over the last year or so, this influence has been more prominent as American artist have been using Caribbean music as the inspiration for the biggest club bangers. Kanye’s Mercy samples Super Beagle, and almost everything on the Yeezus album has a classic vocal from Capelton, Sizzla or Beenie Man. French Montana’s Freaks, A$AP Ferg’s Shabba Ranks, and of course Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj return to their Caribbean roots to create Twerk It – check out the cameo from DJ Khaled, who’s recent proposal to Nicki was returned with a restraining order.

BUSTA RHYMES TWERK IT (REMIX) FT. NICKI MINAJ

As much as I love Busta’s caricature of dancehall culture – there is a lot more to dancehall dance than simple twerking like Miley Cyrus. In our last article for Goodgod, I put you up on the age old dancehall standards that have been inspiration for most of the dancing you see in hip hop video clips. This time around I am going to introduce you to a couple of more recent trends.

MR VEGAS – BRUK IT DOWN
Like the explosion of Youtube covers, and ‘sweded’ movie trailers, reggae has it’s own viral video trend as young women with wastes of rubber and booties like yo-yos record their own versions of the biggest dances – some of which are generating more hits than the official film clip.

From New York, Miss Likkle Bit’s astounding interpretation of Mr Vega’s latest hit is almost at 2 million views. Looking like it was recorded on a laptop camera in her basement, the crazy skills she displays in this video led to Miss Likkle Bits touring with the likes of Major Lazer.

RDX – KOTCH
Like a lot of the Sweded Trailers you see, the production value for the viral videos are ever improving. Here Jamaica’s, Russian Roulette dancers saved RDX a little money as their version of KOTCH removed the need for RDX to shoot an official video for one of the biggest dances of the year.

Over to the UK, here the Unique Silver dancers takeover the playground as on lookers with their children are made to feel a little uncomfortable.


FUSE ODG – ANTENNA
Rewwiinnddddd! I posted this in my last article, but it deserves a reload. The music of Nigeria and Ghana have been increasingly getting played at bashment parties in the UK. Way bigger than the official video, this couple do their interpretation of FUSE ODG’s crossover Azonto hit. Different to traditional dancehall, the dance moves are influences by those popular in Ghana.


MAJOR LAZER – WATCH OUT FOR THIS

One more for inspiration. Inspired by the style and dancing of the low budget early 90s videos by Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man and Chaka Demus & Pliers, Major Lazer take us back with this clip. Like the Snow of modern dancehall reggae, Diplo really dresses the part. Too funny!

See at Goodgod Danceteria this Saturday bruking it down in our competition. Get to practicing now!

*said Shabba Ranks Gold Rope may not be the genuine article. It is most likely a bad fake bought online.

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Download: RDX – Kotch

Download: O – Money Pull Up

Episode #4151: Dancehall Mix + Dutty Dance Off

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RADIO SHOW: LISTEN TO OUR BASHMENT SPECIAL W/ LOUIS BASSLINES

This hump day Stolen Records was brought you by the Caribbean.

On the nigh of the fortmonthly Dutty Dancing party at Good God, Emperor Shantan Wantan “Jamaican Patty” Ichiban and Mike “Curry Goat with Rice and Peas” Who, murked the airwaves with an ass-shaking dancehall set. Dancehall mashed up with a bit of UK grime and a lil dash of dubstep had everyone within a 27km radius inexplicably moving their waist. Even my friend Lieve and her friend Wendy all they way in Zevenbergen (not Sevenburger), Holland were getting down and daggering at work (not really, but hey, could have happened).

My favourite bass line dropped about three-quarters into the show. Louis “Stewed Peas” Bassline dashed all requests pon de floor and played whatever chune he rassclot wanted to. And it was good.

See you Saturday!

Download: Fallacy – Big N Bashy

Download: Shabba Ranks – Caan Dun

Listen: Ladi6 – Shine On

RADIO SHOW: LISTEN TO OUR BASHMENT SPECIAL W/ LOUIS BASSLINES

Photos: Pineapple Republic II at Tatlers


Photos by Robin Hearfield

People drank, danced and were merry. We kicked off with Huwston warming up the room with an all vinyl, high energy set of afro-latin funk vibes. By 11pm he had the dancefloor in full swing, ready for Mr Who and Ichiban to take over with a Moombah-Latin-Dancehall onslaught, then Sr. Bolivar and Tropicante took the night home with the crowd hanging on to every tune till the early hours of the morning. Through out the night 101 Doll Squadron brought the carnival vibes with a couple of explosive dance performances and costume changes.

Listen: Swappi – Dis Gyal

Listen: Dos Melo – San Juan

Listen: Pete Rodriguez – I Like It Like That

Pineapple Republic This Friday

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Pineapple Republic is our Bi Monthly late night Tropical Pachanga,  in your favourite below sea level den, Tatler. The last one was heaving. Pineapples were caressed, people got low and selectors ran the dance with deep Latin and Caribbean heat.

Expect more of the same with your local heros Shantan Wantan Ichiban, Alongside The Colombian connection Sr. Bolivar and Tropicante, plus our special guest Huwston.

And to get it all started the night will feature dance performances from the 101 DOLL SQUADRON! SQUAADDDDD!

It’s only 5 bones all night long. BYO Pineapples and tropical attire, and palm tree installations

Facebook event here: Pineapple Republic

To get you in the mood Mike Who jumped in the terradome last night and played a whole heap of tunes to get you hyped for Friday. Listen to the mix below.

Mike Who Pineapple Republic Mix

Download: Willie Rosario & Frankie Figueroa-Calypso Blues (JR.Dynamite Extended Re edit) 

Download: Algo Pasa en el Planeta- Zonora Point & Douster