From its roots as a positive reaction to the race riots that blighted Notting Hill in 1958, Notting Hill Carnival has evolved through the first outdoor event with steel bands in the mid 60’s and the addition of more reggae groups and the iconic sound systems in the 70’s.

Music has always been at its core and as the largest street party in Europe, the two million revellers take in everything from Soca, Calypso, dub through to drum’n’bass.

Here’s a selection of 150 NEW tunes you may hear on the streets of Notting Hill over August bank holiday weekend, although obviously, Carnival will always have its classic tracks that never fail to get the crowds jumping.

PLAYLISTS:
(150 #NOTTINGHILL TRACKS)

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POPCAAN – BODY SO GOOD

‘Body So Good’ was the first taster from Popcaan’s all-conquering sophomore album, ‘Forever’, and such is the consistent top drawer quality across the whole LP that any Notting Hill playlist should probably feature about half a dozen tracks.
He’s come along way from ‘Clarks’ and his days as a Vybz Kartel protege to a worldwide artist, come ambassador, for Jamaican dancehall in the mainstream charts.

TOSH ALEXANDER – BUBBLE

“From the moment we heard Bubble we knew it had all the elements of a summertime hit! That authentic, dancehall rhythm coupled with Tosh’s flow means that this is shaping up to be a smash,” So said Seani B, 1Xtra DJ and founder of UK based label BrukOut who signed Tosh Alexander earlier in the year.
Tosh herself says the song is about

Sometimes R&B, sometimes pop but often with a heavy dose of dancehall, Tosh herself says the song is about female empowerment and “being confident doing the things we do but also having fun while doing them”. You’re supposed to hear the song, watch the video, she says, and just want to ‘Bruk out’ and bubble.
The Hot Gyal mix also features Leicester’s finest, Trillary Banks, and is firmly aimed at the Carnival.

“Look out fi mi live pan street
mi a five feet but mi sharp like teeth”

ORIGINAL KOFFEE – RAGGAMUFFIN

Koffee is 17 but says her mission is “to preserve Jamaica’s roots and culture in music and to empower the youth of my generation”. Aim high! On the evidence of ‘Raggamuffin’ she’s got the goods lyrically, dropping references in broad patois to Mario Balotelli and the failure of the Jamaican government to help the island’s youth, onto the ever infectious classic ‘Real Rock’ Riddim.

On the strength of this release, BBC 1xtra teamed her with Chronixx for a MistaJam special at Tuff Gong studios, again on the Real Rock Riddim. The video has over a million streams on YouTube alone.

THE BLACKSTONES – I DON’T FEEL SECURE

Horus Records join forces with legendary UK vocal group The Blackstones. Originally formed in 1974 they’re comprised of founder Leon Leiffer, Tony Mahoney and Earl ‘Junior’ Bailey. The last artists to ever record at Studio One, and the only UK group to do so. Upholding the vocal harmony tradition of The Gaylads, The Techniques, Uniques, The Wailers etc. They bring the style forward, which is displayed majestically on two fresh singles, recorded, played and mixed by the Horus All-Stars at The Arch, Tottenham.

SHADES – ALARMA feat. Killa P

Taken from their 12-track debut album, In Praise Of Darkness, electronic twosome SHADES shot a fittingly gothic, and gritty music video for the bashment-griminess of their single “Alarma”, featuring former Roll Deep member Killa P. Taking inspiration from the duo’s moniker “Shades” and connoting ideas of the afterlife, souls and the underworld, director Melody Maker shot the majority of the visuals in an underground bunker in Fort Borstal in Rochester, England.

SHENSEEA – PON MI

Dancehall was born rude but Shenseea may have wrestled the crown of smutiest MC from Spice with ‘Pon Mi’, a track entirely dedicated to the…erm…plumpness of her pussy. Fans of dancehall will be resolutly unshocked but the bonkers music video doesnt so much ‘jump the shark’ as examine it with a speculum.
It starts in the back of an ambulance with Shenseea, legs parted and up around her shoulders, presumedly requiring an emergency gynaecologist. And who is the doctor, yes it’s also Shenseea. Over the course of two and a half minutes, Shanseea gives her kitty cat a clean bill of health, while singing/rapping with her legs constantly splayed.
“It way too fat, it a have on too much weight, it a draw too much attention anytime we go a road”.
Midway through Shenseea squirts in her own face…
The tune is also fat.

CHRONIXX & GREEN LION CREW – LIFE OVER DEATH (Suns of Dub Remix)

The Rough Road Riddim returns with five new takes on the original Chronixx recording,“Life Over Death”. For me the Future dub collective, Suns Of Dub’s version is the highlight but there’s something for everyone in terms of styles. Zion I Kings’ one drop reggae remix returns to the roots of the original while Coki takes Chronixx down a minimal dubstep route.

THE BUSH CHEMISTS – I CAME I SAW (SKRS Remix)

Bokeh bring back ‘I Came I Saw’ from 90s steppas legends the Bush Chemists. This slice of string heavy post-punk steppas comes with a typically squashed jungle refix from Bokeh staples, Seekersinternational. Actually one of the earliest planned Bokeh releases, this refix now stands as a blunted pre-cursor to their surely-now-classic-classic RaggaPreservationSociety.

Bristol’s industrial poster-boys Bad Tracking (FuckPunk / Mechanical Reproductions) close this heavy dancefloor set with a nose-bleed-ragga-noise war cry, feeding the original through their feverish tape machines and sick minds.

But it’s still dub right?

REFRESHERS – BUSY GET BUSY

Mysterious, made in England and boasting original flavour, Refreshers debuts with one of the most delicious jungle 12″s we’ve heard in a long long time. While we are not at liberty to divulge (or even 100% sure for that matter!) who is behind this project but trust us when we say these are grade A bangers through and through.

Arriving amidst a proper ruffneck revival of classic jungle flexers, Refreshers debuts with a 12″ coming straight out a studio well educated in the old skool sounds of jungle, drum & bass, ragga and hardcore. From the machine gun like rattle of ‘How Bout U?’ which mixes some proper grime sorcery into its hardcore spillage to the ‘Busy Get Busy’ 95′ ambient pads that give way to a rip-roaring amen so fierce it threatens to jack your stereo within a few bars.

MACKA B – COME AGAIN

The 5th imprint of Riddim Chango Records features legendary MC/Deejay Macka B. Macka rides on a remake cut of a King Jammy’s classic dancehall riddim Duck. The low-frequency focused production promises selectors to kick off their dances with large soundsystem.

BULBY YORK – LOTS OF SIGNS (feat Christopher Martin & Beenie Man)

Bulby York’s ‘MasterBlaster’ LP showcases a who’s who of Reggae icons (and a few other surprises) skillfully riding Bulby’s select riddims, which range from Reggae and Dancehall, to Hip Hop, Afrobeat, and New Age.
The first single, “Lots of Signs,” finds superstars Beenie Man and Christopher Martin giving a modern take to the classic cut from dancehall legend Tenor Saw.
The second single, “Cherry Oh Baby,” features Busy Signal and Trinidadian star Patrice Roberts delivering a version of Eric Donaldson’s celebrated tune that has been covered by the likes of the Rolling Stones and UB40.

SAM BINGA & RIDER SHAFIQUE – POT AH BUBBLE [Alter Echo & E3 Remix]

After the original ‘Champion EP’ hit the shelves late last year the Sam Binga and Rider Shafique selection was immediately picked up by the almighty Sir David Rodigan and Toddla T. The ever-eclectic Binga found himself in fine form showcasing his love of proper dancehall. Now in 2018 the ‘Champion EP Reloaded’ brings it back with an array of ready remixes that pick up where the first left off.

LILA IKE – SECOND CHANCE

“Second Chance” arrived via Protoje’s label In.Digg.Nation Collective and Delicious Vinyl Island, with Iké’s sweet voice tells the story of doing everything she can to make sure she doesn’t lose the love of her life. Longtime reggae fans may instantly recognize the sample taken from Dennis Brown’s “Promised Land” or if you’re less aged, perhaps Nas and Damian Marley’s 2010 single “Land of Promise”.

STREETBOXXER – TEAR DOWN LEVEL 22

Hidden Operator and Samo DJ indulge a rugged digi dub session on Kings Chamber. Four wonky dancehall sidewinders ranging from natty acid dub and Skweee-like bumps to ruddier dancehall mutation with sloshing tablas, and one wicked bit sounding like late ‘90s Lenky productions.