After almost four 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’, O2 Academy’s Propaganda night as well as flying out to Greece to play a beach party. 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, last year 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!