1. Vibes Done!

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    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!

     


  2. Three years of vibes…

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    After announcing the end of the Sensible Dancehall Oxford project last year, it’s taken just nine months to dust off the headphones once again, having been asked to return for this year’s Cowley Road Carnival. Later in June we’ll launch a little competition via the Facebook page, as well as dropping a couple of fine preview mixes (business as usual!) but today we’re having a little look back at the three years of SD prior to the hiatus. Enjoy!

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  3. Sensible World Cup Mix

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    So the greatest sporting event in the world started yesterday. Kicking off in Brazil for a month of pure summer football vibes, by now you should have your wall chart proudly on the wall, sticker book almost complete and fridge stocked full of cold Brahmas. Whilst you concentrate on the fun on the pitch we’ll forgive you for overlooking the soundtrack to the summer, which is where we come in. 

    Mixed by Cardiff-based SD selector Ollie Castell, with contributions from Australia general phatmattbaker and Molassie in Oxford, we’ve put together the biggest baddest global bass soundtrack, featuring tracks and artists from every nation, with selections from across the globe.

    After dropping the mix to coincide with the kick off last night, we’ve already received heavy signal from JMC, Serocee and Jus Now, cosigning the mix within 24 hours of it’s release. Don’t miss out: listen and share, and after 1k plays will give you the download link. Enjoy!

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  4. The Bug in Oxford

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    Dub bass-master The Bug returns with his long-awaited follow-up to 2008’s London Zoo in August, and if the little teaser below is anything to go by, it’s going to be absolutely epic; click play and wait for your ears and eyes to be well and truly blasted.

    In Oxford we are lucky enough to experience this LIVE on Thursday 19th June, with Kevin Martin on the buttons and Flowdan on the mic, downstairs at The Cellar. There’s no advanced tickets (£5 with a flyer and £7 without, on the door from 10pm) so make sure you’re down early as this is gonna be an absolute roadblock - check the Facebook event for more details.

     


  5. 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.
     


  7. 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.

     


  8. 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.

     


  9. 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!

     


  10. 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.