If, like us, you’re still adjusting to post-normal life, you’ll be glad of this blast of familiarity. We’re continuing to brighten up your weekends by delivering a slice of Africa Oyé direct to your ears, in partnership with Melodic Distraction Radio. For the past four months we’ve had the pleasure of hosting an exclusive weekly live mix for you, a dose of that trademark Oyé vibe. We’ll continue to bring you these mixes over the coming weeks, as there’s nothing that says summer in Liverpool like an Oyé-soundtracked afternoon in the park. Recorded live at Africa Oyé in 2019, each mix is part of a series of DJ sessions from the Trenchtown and Freetown stages, where the sounds of Afro-centric music are pumped out non-stop to keep the groove riding high in Sefton Park.
This week’s set (the 18th in the series, for those keeping track) comes from FUNKDUB, and is one for dub, funk and reggae lovers. DJs 3DJ and GK have been lighting up parties since they started in Chester in 2004, and have played sets at Boomtown Fair, London International Ska Festival and Liverpool’s own Positive Vibration. Funkdub have also been responsible for some memorable nights, bringing The Dub Pistols, Craig Charles and Gentleman’s Dub Club to Chester. Their Sunday afternoon Trenchtown set from 2019 is typical of their party style, mixing in breaks, hip hop, soul and funk alongside the expected slabs of funk and reggae. It’s a groovin’ mix, one that will be perfect in the weekend sunshine.
Imagine you’re stood in Sefton Park right now, with the sun beating down on you, and that famous Oyé vibe all around. Turn this mix up nice and high and you’ll practically be able to feel it.
THE OYÉ VIBE
Mix 1 – Emily Dust // Mix 2 – Dharma Collective + Dash // Mix 3 – Giovanna // Mix 4 – Thom White // Mix 5 – DJ Scratchy // Mix 6 – Keith Marley // Mix 7 – DJ Holmesy // Mix 8 – Jess Gascoigne // Mix 9 – Hustle & Zacharia Soul // Mix 10 – Richie Vegas // Mix 11 – Subcora // Mix 12 – Melodic Distraction // Mix 13 – Positive Vibration // Mix 14 – Stuart B // Mix 15 – One A Penny // Mix 16 – Firehouse // Mix 17 – Bood ‘N Bone