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The Best 10+ Tracks of 2012 That I DIDN’T Get to Play

People tend to do “best of” lists at the end of each year. This year, i decided to do one of my own. I am happy to have so many opportunities to share the music i love with people on a regular basis. But truthfully, i only present a fraction of what i actually listen to. For that reason, i’m sharing my ten favorite songs of 2012 that didn’t make it to a mixtape or my party playlist. Some of these didn’t even make it to my Facebook wall (shame on me, i know).

I guess one point of this post is just to remind folks that i LOVE music. I appreciate ALL genres. So, even if you know me as a Hip Hop and African Diaspora DJ, please don’t think that i don’t get down with EDM, alternative rock, and more! So, here they are. I hope you enjoy my Top Ten (and then some) tracks of 2012.

Top TEN of Twenty Twelve

Add-2 – Cotton Fields

[i got acquainted with Add-2 as i was gathering tracks for Radiant Souls Mixtape Vol. 2. This brother is sick with the lyrics, and his beats — many produced by SLOT-A — are pure inspiration]

Sabo – Sigueme (Sabo & DJ Afro Mix)

[dope remake of one of the songs that made me a house head!]

MONOTONE – Invitation To Dance F. RubyGold

[(technically, this was released in 2011 according to youtube) i stumbled across this song quite by accident over the summer when it showed up in my record pool, which NEVER has African music! i listened and became instantly hooked by the music and the beautiful voice. when i looked the song up, i noticed the the voice belonged to RubyGold, the beauty from “Teka Munike.” This track is a staple in my headphones, but didn’t make it to any mixes or parties. i’ll correct that in 2013]

Cajmere & Gene Farris – Donna’s A Flower

[i never get enough of this song. there’s nothing more to it]

Swedish House Mafia – Save The World

[before the EDM-is-killing-dance-music folks launch an attack, please just listen to the song. It’s truly beautiful. The music is superb and the lyrics are nice. Give it a good listen, THEN critique it to your hearts’ content]

Stonebwoy Burniton – Climax F. Samini

[this one did get a little play time. Unfortunately, the sound quality is so horrible — yes, i PURCHASED this track — that i only played it once at Sonic Diaspora in DC. If i can get ahold of a better version, i’ll play it at every gig i can in the future.]

Erin Leah & N’Dinga Gaba – Rocker (N’Dinga’s Uptown Remix)

[I LOVE every version of this song]

Chromatics – These Streets Will Never Look the Same

This track is pure dope. The bass is hypnotic and the singer’s soft voice compliments it’s edginess.

Bahamas – Caught Me Thinking

It’s amazing how artists can make breakup songs sound so lighthearted and fun.

Passion Pit – Constant Conversation (St. Lucia Remix)

This track is synth heaven!


[so, this song technically came out late in 2011. that’s close enough, right?!? regardless, i’m obsessed with this track and absolutely love the video, even it if is a bit stalkerish]

… And Five Honorable Mentions:

Santigold, “Disparate Youth”

RubyGold, “Feeling Stealer”

Euphonik, “Lose Yourself” (Delaney Duvall Remix)

Mist Glider, “If Only”

Young Wonder, “To You” (Ambassador Remix)

Expect MUCH more RubyGold from me in the near future!!!

Expect MUCH more RubyGold from me in the near future!!!


Mixtape Monday: Reggae Ambassadors

Lion’s Den Radio is now streaming live on Caribbean94.com every Thursday from 10:00pm-12:00am EST! Lion’s Den host, DJ Champé, invited yours truly to spin periodically. You can check the video & mix (mistakes and all :p) from last Thursday HERE. It includes an interview with Jamaican actress and singer, Summer Angel, and much more goodness!

— Much Love

Ol’ Skool Sunday: Reggae/Dancehall Edition

For many years of my life, Sunday afternoons were peppered with great sounds from the Caribbean thanks to Badjoe, a DJ who has hosted a mix show called Caribbean Shakedown (formerly Caribbean Sunset) on 103Jamz in Norfolk, Viriginia. That mixshow became my first lesson in mixing Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Dub, etc., even before i began DJing. Badjoe’s thoroughly awesome show introduced me to “riddims,” taught me about “one-drops,” and became my first substantial lessons in the political/anti-Babylon aspects of the Rastafarian religion.

This Sunday, i’m listening to some great songs that i remember hearing in my childhood. I hope you enjoy them as much as i do!

Brotha Onaci

Bob Marley – War/No More Trouble Medley

Barrington Levy – Black Roses/Broader Than Broadway Medley

Maybe next time i’ll post Steel Pulse’s “Revolution,” which has the same riddim!!!

Foxy Brown – Baby Can I Hold You Tonight

This was one written and first sung by Tracy Chapman

Gregory Isaacs – Rumours

If this riddim sounds familiar, but you don’t recognize the lyrics, it’s probably because you’ve heard J.C. Lodge’s or Shabba Ranks’ versions of “Telephone Love.”

Cocoa Tea – 18 & Over (Movie Star Riddim)

Recently, dancehall artist Delus did a version for the G-Shock Riddim.

Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (Stalag 17-18-19 Riddim)

CLASSIC material right here. This is one of the first reggae songs that i remember hearing and LOVING. Tenor Saw and Yami Bolo also have great tracks in this riddim.

Sonic Diaspora Dance Party & Mixes

“Sonic Diaspora” is my latest series of mixes. Each mix is geared toward promoting the event, Sonic Diaspora, which takes place every 2nd Saturday at Butterfly Social Club. We party hard as We enjoy the best dance music from Africa and the African Diaspora from 9:00p-3:00a. 21+ No Cover. Space is Accessible. You should stop by if you’re in Chicago. They’re a LOT of fun!!!

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SONIC DIASPORA= 2nd Saturdays

Here are some recent Sonic Diaspora Mixes. Each picture leads to a different mix!

Sonic Diaspora Vol. 1 Feat. DJ Still Sly

Brotha Onaci and DJ Still Sly put this mix together the Sonic Diaspora Promo Mix to promote Sonic Diaspora, a high energy dance party that takes place at Butterfly Social Club every 2nd Saturday of the month. It uses music to showcase the connections between people of African descent from all over the world. (More Details Here) Check it out and forward it widely!

Also, DJ Still Sly hosts a radio show called Rendezvous Africa every Friday from 5:00p-7:00p at http://www.whpk.org. You can visit her Facebook Page.

Much Love