Hipster’s Don’t Dance’s Top 10 UK-based Afrobeats Tunes of 2014

Hipster’s Don’t Dance wraps up our year end chart series by representing the contributions their home scene has made to the international Afrobeats sound. Check it below, and keep looking out for their great round-ups here on AIAC in 2015!

It’s been an interesting year for UK based Afrobeats, never more apparent in the mainstream but also still lead by one shining light Fuse ODG, who released an LP, refused Band Aid and then did his own song for charity in 2014. Moelogo got signed and had the song that ran the roads. Speaking of roads Peckham’s Naira Marley remains a fun outlier. Hagan and Major Notes brought the genre even closer to the UK clubs. Here are our top picks of 2014:

Fuse O.D.G. feat Sean Paul – Dangerous Love
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cdpbjfV4e4&w=560&h=315]

Moelogo feat Giggs – The Baddest
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVDuu3V9dkI&w=560&h=315]

Naira Marley – Marry Juana
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-yUoI50wH0&w=560&h=315]

Maleek Berry – Carnival

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132339358″]

Dr Sid feat Alexandra Burke – Baby Tornado Remix
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2UGjxk5Mjs&w=560&h=315]

Kida Kudz feat EsDee YFS, Yemi Rush, Sona & Hakeem YFS – Ibere Remix
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-Ofa7CptHI?list=UUz7h6Eshwht37ryP7up2NmQ&w=560&h=315]

C’z CestLaVie – Comme Ca
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkmRQMMm2Uw&w=560&h=315]

Lola Rae feat Iyanya – Fi Mi Le
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcArij1THGM&w=560&h=315]

Major Notes – 419 Riddim
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSL8zeNMfIQ&w=560&h=315]

Hagan – The Music

[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/128871454″]

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