Dancehall sound system and production outfit, The Heatwave, are renowned for their explosive live performances, we caught up with them in the middle of their Jazz Cafe residency for the month of June as they celebrate four decades of Dancehall and 16 years in the business.
Having made a name for themselves as mainstays of Notting Hill Carnival over the past 10 years plus, The Heatwave have grown to become a bonafide ‘must-see’ feature on the UK summer festival circuit. Building on the momentum of their popularity, they are regular fixtures at festivals like Boomtown, Lovebox and Glastonbury amongst others, host a show on Rinse FM, whilst running the legendary party, Hot Wuk, across the country. They have crafted a sound that stays true to dancehall foundations while adding their own unique London twist.
The Heatwave are hosting a retrospective of UK dancehall over four Friday nights at the Jazz Cafe, bringing together artists and DJs from the past, present and future. They will play legendary music from the 80s, 90s, 2000s and 2010s while a number of key artists from each decade spit their classic bars and pass the mic, soundsystem style. You will also hear all the hits from Jamaica that were carrying the swing each decade.
Don’t miss a celebration of the incredible impact and influence that the children and grandchildren of the Windrush generation have had on British culture and music. Grab tickets here.
To get you in the mood, Gabriel from The Heatwave have selected five tracks they’d play to warm up a dancehall crowd…
Snow – Anything for you ft. Nadine Sutherland, Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Terror Fabulous, Louie Culture & Kulcha Knox
I love tunes which make people smile and want to dance. Catchy hook and incredible verses from an all-star cast.
Tippa Irie – It’s Good To Have The Feeling You’re The Best
It would be easy to come across overly boasty with a song title like this, but Tippa does it in such a sunny, positive way it’s hard to argue.
RDX – Shake Your Bam Bam
I’m always on the look out for tunes that will move a crowd even on first listen. This does that perfectly, helped of course by borrowing from Sister Nancy’s famous hit ‘Bam Bam’.
Glamma Kid – Fashion Magazine
Glamma’s range is incredible, the way his vocal flits from high to low gives the tune great energy. The riddim is rock solid so he’s got room to go wherever he likes.
Busy Signal – Play The Horns
Love these horns. So many Busy tunes are perfect for warming up a dance, his voice and vibe and melodies suit every occasion.
The Heatwave are taking over the Jazz Cafe every Friday in June. Grab tickets here.