Floats, dancers, steel drums and dozens of sound systems shaking the ground and perforating eardrums with everything from soca, dub, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, house and calypso – it’s time for Notting Hill Carnival 2017.

Dubwise, I have to admit I don’t neceserilly specialise but nevertheless I’ve bundled up sixty personal Music Like Dirt carnival selections into handy playlists for your listening pleasure:

SOUNDCLOUD (at the top of the page) / WHYD (bottom of the page) / SPOTIFY (Web / URI)

Here are a few of the standouts from the playlists above:

TRILLARY BANKS – ‘Come Over Mi Yard’

Straight outta Leicester, Trillary Banks featured City winning the Premiership in one of her videos and proclaimed being from ‘LC’ in another with fellow Leicester rappers. As befitting a track with a condom as the cover art, ‘Come Over Mi Yard’ melds UK rap to classic JA dancehall sauce. The video – with Trillary cavorting in what appears to be a Spanish hotel – has half a million YouTube views.

TRILLION – ‘Champion lover feat General G’

To celebrate the success of his debut album “Ain’t no future with no past”, Trilion made this tasty tune available as a free download. There’s also a 30 minutes rub a dub mix of tracks that influenced them in the making of the LP.

Wrongtom Meets The Ragga Twins – ‘Just A Dub’

‘In Dub’ is the new album of dub mixes by roots and reggae producer Wrongtom and Hackney’s veteran breakbeat/ jungle MC’s The Ragga Twins. Remixing tracks from their ‘In Time’ album, Wrongtom dissects and then rebuilds each track with a new lease of life. ‘In Dub’ was fronted by two singles, “Bacchanal” and “Follow Fashion”, and as excitement for the ‘In Time’ album grows, the project has picked up spins from David Rodigan, Steve Lamacq and Lauren Laverne, glowing reviews from MOJO, Q, Mixmag and The Wire, a Vinyl Factory premiere for “The Vibes”, and a Clash premiere for the Murder He Wrote remix of the most recent single “Follow Fashion”.

SYSTEMWIDE – ‘Provisional (Dub)’

NoCorner’s first 12″ features two crucial cuts from the Systemwide vaults of the late 90’s / early 00’s.
Provisional (Dub) was originally released in 1999, as part of the ‘Systemwide Meets Muslimgauze – At The City Of The Dead’ project, on a 5-track 10″, setting the two dub extraordinaries head to head and giving the underground a first taste of this heavily loaded piece of bass & drum centric dubwise music.


Original Dancehall Maxi Taxi style. When everyone had speakers rattling there trunk and Clarks on dem feet. This one is for anyone who has had to go through some level of obstacles….and made it! And now a new set of people have appeared who have no clue what you had to go through to get where you are. They dont remember when you could barely afford a CHICKEN AND DUMPLIN! “We work hard”!!

TITUS 12 – ‘Hot Air Dub’

Bristol based lolloping dub.

COURTNEY JOHN – ‘Strangers’

Meet Courtney John, the lovers rocker, that enigmatic, rare artist who comes along every once in a while, with uniqueness that simply radiates. His peers have called him a modern day Slim Smith; some say he’s like a young Eddie Kendrick’s or even Curtis Mayfield.
Writing, singing and producing comes naturally to Courtney John who was born into a musical family. He grew up listening to his uncles Winston and Beres Hammond, so it came as no surprise, when at age twelve; he wrote and performed his first song.
Courtney John’s solo efforts have garnered him some of music’s highest accolades, his releases From Letters to Words and 2009’s Made in Jamaica with the infectious single “Lucky Man” saw crossover success. Vocal and lyrical contribution to Sly & Robbie’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Album “One Pop Reggae” only further established John as a musical heavyweight and his title as the worldwide “Lovers Rocker”. Courtney has also penned and produced hits for international stars, Nelly Furtado & Michael Franti, as well as Luciano, Mr. Vegas and reggae legends Joseph Hill, Beres Hammond, Culture and Marcia Griffiths to name a few.

The new single “Strangers” is a mix of vintage & modern production, co- written produced & tailored like haute couture
by Guillaume “Gee” Metenier, the riddim track is performed by a line up of top players from the Paris international music scene.

SOUL SUGAR featuring LEONARDO CARMICHAEL – ‘Why can’t we live together (discomix)’

Championed by the likes of Rodigan and Bandcamp Weekly, Soul Sugar’s reworking of the Timmy Thomas classic is spine tingly good and the Dennis Bovell dub version on the flip is a must hear too. Absolute genius from this Paris-based collective of musicians.

ANGELA HUNTE – ‘Big Drum Beat’

Wine up ya waist & make up ya face to de BIG DRUM BEAT !!