1. Vibes Done!

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    After almost three years of blogging and DJing, I’ve decided to call time on the Sensible Dancehall project. Over the years the website has promoted some of the best shows and promoters in Oxford and beyond, crossed the world to review other local scenes, and brought you countless videos, mixes and tunes.

    From this platform, we set up the monthly Lord ‘av Mercy night at the Port Mahon before moving to The Library in 2011. This year the night transformed into Tun Up! bringing a stage for local reggae DJs in the city,alongside the larger tropical carnival night Pon de Floor at Oxford’s leading club The Cellar. As well as promoting these nights, I’ve been lucky enough to play shows with some of the leading names in the genre, including Major Lazer, The Heatwave, David Rodigan, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Jus Now, as well as headlining the local House of Roots and Skylarkin Soundsystem nights, playing at Oxfordshire’s legendary Truck Festival, Cowley Road Carnival, the infamous Sommerville-Jesus ’Last Ball’ and O2 Academy’s Propaganda night. I was also asked to record a mix for Hipsters Don’t Dance and had my Latin American mix cosigned by NYC-scene-leaders LargeUp. You can check out all my mixes here:

    As well as the live shows and mixes, in August I dropped the first little SD production/refix, combining the massive vocal of Ninjaman’s Ninja Mi Ninja and Baauer’s original bass-heavy 8-bit EDM of Iced Up. With a thousand plays in the first two weeks, it received critical acclaim, receiving airplay from New York’s dancehall dons Federation Sound and featuring on the Mad Decent website

    Whilst the Oxford website output will hault, this summer sees the incarnation of Sensible Dancehall: Sydney, where SD contributor phatmattbaker has set up a similar hub of local events alongside international features from his hometown in Australia. As for Oxford blogging and events: vibes done. Thank you for all your help and support; to everyone that’s booked me to play, come out to party or simply enjoyed reading the website. Please support Matt’s Australian project, and continue to ram venues across Oxford with positive vibes. Thank you!

     


  2. Keeping You Warm (Sensible Steel Riddim)

    'Keeping You Warm' on the Sensible Steel Riddim (Wiley x Sean Paul x SNSBLPRDCTNS) is the latest free remix/production from Sensible Dancehall courtesy of long time contributor and selector Ollie Castell.

    Nothing brings the carnival vibes more than a big steel drum sound and since we first heard Wiley’s ‘Can You Hear Me’ in 2012 we’ve been longing for a dancehall mix of the huge steel drum riff, so much so in fact, that we cracked and just had to produce it ourselves! With chops, horns, shouts and sirens aplenty a pitchshifted and effected Sean Paul vocal adds the fire.

     


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    Last Thursday Robin, Ollie and Matt sat around with a few beers and three laptops then pressed record. Going through one mixer with no monitors, we went tune-for-tune and this is the result: a rough and ready mix of soca, dancehall, reggae, jungle and bits of Balkan, with the occasional Baker shout-out, bringing you the closest thing to a live Sensible Dancehall experience we could muster. Listen here.

    Bringing you a summary of our favourite tunes from the last twelve months and a few exclusives (listen carefully at 46 minutes and you’ll hear the next SNSBLRMX courtesy of Ollie), we’ve also tried to include those tracks that stand out in the recent memory (Tun Up at Cowley Road Carnival, RDX in Berlin etc). We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have, and don’t forget to bookmark Matt’s new Australian output coming your way via Sensible Dancehall: Sydney.
     


  4. Ice Up Mi Ninja (SNSBLRMX)

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    Back in March last year, one of dancehall’s most prolific and much-loved artists Ninjaman was released on bail from prison. To the relief of the bashment fraternity, a year later he produced arguably the track of 2013: Ninja Mi Ninja proving once again he’s firmly back in the game. At the same time, American EDM producer Baauer was rattling off some of the heaviest bass tracks on the Mad Decent roster. Whilst we all know the song that became ‘meme of the decade’, the Brooklyn-based button-basher had previously dropped the incredible Iced Up. Today, we are delighted to bring you the first SNSBLRMX: Ice Up Mi Ninja.

     


  5. SD x YNOT

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    Last weekend Gerard, Ollie and Matt slugged it up to Derbyshire through some hard rain to play a secret stage at this year’s YNOT Festival. For the full round up and photos, click here to be redirected to Matt’s new brainchild.

     


  6. We ready for di field…

    Sensible Dancehall takeover the Jamalot Stage from 3 till 5pm on Saturday afternoon at this weekend’s Truck Festival. Fresh from last night’s summer party rave at the Cellar, phatmattbaker and Ollie Castell will join SD head-honcho Molassie for what will be his last show for the foreseeable future. We’ve got about a million whistles, a massive banner and without doubt the biggest summertime carnival vibe in the ‘shire - make sure you join us!

     


  7. SUMMER PARTY TONIGHT!

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    Don’t forget we’re back in OX1 tonight to nice up The Cellar with our Sensible Dancehall Summer Party. It’s gonna be great fun, with phatmattbaker and Ollie Castell providing support for Bristolian bassmentalitist Ironside, out of temporary hiatus for for one night only, brining only the best dancehall, moombahton, jungle, reggae and soca together for a guaranteed night of pure vibes. It’s just four quid on the door, with tunes running 11pm till 3am. Get on the Facebook for all the details.

     


  8. Bristol’s Ironside in Oxford

    Next week we return to The Cellar for a one-off summertime party special with one of Bristol’s most legendary underground bass DJs headlining the night. On Thursday 18th July, Ironside joins a host of Sensible Dancehall resident DJs for a night of reggae, dancehall, reggae, jungle, drum’n’bass, moombahton and all types of bass music in between. Having played a key role in the legendary West Country night Toxic Dancehall back in the day, Ironside is a member of both the [dissent] and P.R.A.N.K crews outta Bristol, with his finger firmly on the pulse when it comes to fresh future bass music. It’s just £4 on the door, a bargain for four hours of pure Sensible Dancehall party vibes; get on the Facebook page for more details and check out his live set from the infamous Black Swan Dub Club below, opening with a Jus Now remix of Serocee: BIG!

     


  9. TUN UP at Cowley Road Carnival 2013

    Various selectors played big reggae, dub, dancehall, afrobeats, soca and jungle on the Sensible Soundsystem at Cowley Road Carnival on Sunday, but it was one track that will live long in the memories of those there. Representing the incredible vibes and immense fun we, and everyone who passed by, had throughout the day, the track, of course, was by Jus Now with this year’s carnival banger Tun Up. Check out the video above, and more footage of our involvement in the carnival here.

     


  10. Cowley Road Carnival 2013

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    So Sunday was pretty much the best day ever. In almost three years of running this website and DJing, having played alongside Major Lazer, David Rodigan, The Heatwave, Mungo’s Hi-Fi and Jus Now, headlined sold-out Cellar nights, and run one of the most popular monthly residencies in the city, on Sunday I was lucky enough to live-out another dream and play a key role in the legendary Cowley Road Carnival

    None of it would be possible without Matt Baker, who organised everything, smashed it with the preparation, guaranteeing a very successful day of big vibes, massive tunes and thousands of very happy Oxfordians; big respect and thanks to the Kingdom of Jamalot guys for supplying the soundsystem and hanging out all day to make sure everything was sounding great throughout - make sure you get to their own stage at Truck Festival the weekend after next; thank you to all the selectors of the day: Matt, Ollie, Gerard, Rupert, Noel, and the Positive Vibes Crew; thank you to the Cowley Road Carnival organisers for allowing us to run a system and raising enough cash to allow the carnival to be back in it’s rightful place: the road; and finally a big thank you to everyone that passed through, said hi, danced, jumped, blew a horn, got down low, jumped up high, hula hooped, skateboarded, whistled and helped create the fantastic vibe throughout the day - you were all amazing. 

    After the jump we’ve started to collate some of the best photos and videos of our soundsytem on the day - please pass on any others you have through the email or social networks. On 19-20th July I’ll be crossing off another bucket-listing, playing a set at the legendary local Truck Festival; stay tuned to the website for more details.

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