We’re in the middle of summer now and we’ve got to lap up any good vibes that come our way, especially after the year we’ve all just had.
AB DOLLAR$ is well-equipped to soundtrack the good times. The London-based DJ is in charge of The Native magazine’s show on No Signal, and since 2016 she’s hosted plenty of parties with RONIEBOND – her female-focused platform which acts as a beacon for Black British Culture.
AB$’s musical expertise ranges from contemporary Afrobeats, to West African alté artists and South Africa’s much-hyped amapiano genre. Enjoy a blend of hip-shaking rhythms, sweet melodies and lovestruck lyricism with her Face Mix below.
What’s the vibe and direction of your Face Mix?
This is the soundtrack of SUMMER. Afrobeats encapsulates the season and the feeling. I’ve pulled together some very, very new Afrobeats as well as some classics and thrown some amapiano-hybrid tunes in there too.
A lot of Nigerian artists are jumping on amapiano beats and I’m enjoying seeing the West and South of Africa connect – they’re making magic.
What are some of the club nights and venues that have been important to your trajectory as a DJ?
I’m a sucker for basement spaces!! I feel like I’m climbing into another world. Visions in Dalston, where I did the first-ever RONIEBOND party, really set the pace for the vibe and energy that I wanted to curate at future events.
I feel like some of my fave parties were at Miranda in the Ace Hotel too. We launched our second zine there, that space was a perfect size, temperature and vibe. But sadly it’s one of the spaces that fell victim to the pandemic.
Who are some of the artists in the London scene that THE FACE’s readers should check out?
In terms of Afrobeats, London has some of the best producers like P2J and Juls. In terms of newer artists, Midas the Jagaban has given us some solid vibes and Bellah is making spiritual music that’s weighty and melodic. Tomi Agape is also creating alté sounds that I love!! And for those who don’t know, alté is one of Afrobeats sister genres, sonically it’s a bit more experimental – it’s the music that Tems and Cruel Santino are pioneering.
Rema – Iron Man
Tekno – Pana
Tekno – Puttin
E. Kelly & Jo Jo – Oreke
Omah Lay – Lo Lo
Olamide – Infinity ft. Omah Lay
R2bees – Slow Down ft. WizKid
Kidi – Say Cheese
Fireboy DML – Jealous
Maleek Berry – The Matter ft. WizKid
Wizkid – Essence ft. Tems
Oxlade – Away
Bad Boy Timz – ODO ft. Barry Jhay
Joeboy – Sugar Mama
Larry Gaaga & Joeboy – Slow Burner
Runtown – Mad Over You
DJ Spinall & WizKid – Nowo Nowo
Rema – Dumebi
Sarkodie – Adonai ft. Castro
Joeboy – Consent
Zinoleeksy – Kilofeshe
JazziDisciples & Mr JazziQ ft. Josiah De Disciple, FakeLove, Moonchild Sanelly & MDU aka TRP – Askies
LAX – Go Low
Sean Tizzle – Know Person
Falz – Squander ft. Niniola
Kabza De Small – eMcimbini ft. Aymos, Samthing Soweto, Mas Musiq & Myztro –
Rema – Woman
Loco – KDDO ft. Mayorkun
KDDO – eWallet ft. Cassper Nyovest
Peruzzi – Southy Love ft. Fireboy DML
Rema – Bounce
Focalistic & Davido – Ke Star Remix ft. Vigro Deep
Chinko Ekun & Mohbad – Jafafa
Rexxie & Mohbad – KPK Ko Por Ke
Bella Shmurda, Zlatan & Lincoln – Cash App
Chinko Ekun – Able God ft. Lil Kesh & Zlatan
Bad Boy Timz – MJ (Michael Jackson)
Burna Boy – Comma
Sarz – Balenciaga
Barry Jhay – Muje
Amaarae – SAD GIRLZ LUV MONEY
Spinall & Fireboy DML – Sere
Crayon – Jackpot ft. Bella Shmurda
Wande Coal – Gentility
Wizkid – Tease Me /Bad Guys
Omah Lay – Damn ft. 6Lack
Joeboy – Baby
Rema – Peace of Mind
Melvitto – Wait For You ft. Oxlade
Burna Boy – 23
Burna Boy – Dangote