Take a moment to imagine a world without UK dance record label, Hed Kandi. That pondering would be comparable to imagining deep house without depth, speakers with no bass, or life with no rhythm. It would also mean that all of those overseas dance music artists like Duke Dumont and Felix Jaehn who’ve found a home with the label wouldn’t be able to showcase all of their glimmering grooves for us to get lost in. Now, that’s a scary thought, especially since a majority of artists are on the label’s latest shimmering selection, which is simply titled, Hed Kandi 2016.
For those out there who may not be too familiar with Hed Kandi, the label was founded in 1999 at Jazz fm Radio Stations’ Enterprise Division by DJ Mark Doyle. After gathering his glowing data on what were some of the biggest dance hits, Doyle whipped up the initial idea and created the name, along with the concept and tantalizing set listings. While Hed Kandi’s compilations shimmed their way all over radio, it was their live events that quickly gained popularity after the label began a residency in Ibiza. In fact, in 2002, Hed Kandi had gained enough momentum from its Ibiza nights to launch a regular residency at famed nightclub Pacha in London, which was soon followed by a big partnership with world-renowned English Breakfast music tea-sipping enterprise, Ministry of Sound. And, well, the rest is pure, delectable dance ditty history.
Since their launch, Hed Kandi has hosted nearly 500 parties across the music globe, as well as rightfully serving us with nearly five dozen of their compilation records. While none are better than the next (because really, they’re all that good), some of their most fiery sets include their esteemed mixes of tropical house, deep house, disco and their annual The Mix , in which Hed Kandi 2016 has now taken over in its annual place.
Released towards the end of last year (which means we’re already counting down to the ’17 mix), Hed Kandi’s latest set is a musically action packed dance ride, complete with a mixtape of genres and hooks that you won’t be able to get of your headphones. Among the music artists on this roster for this go around are Mr. Dumont, Gregory Porter, Fatboy Slim, Tough Love and many, many more who are ready to give you a taste of their dance Kandi.
Since the weather outside is oh, so frightful, we’re going to hold off on doing track-by-track breakdown of these 24 (!) explosive records and instead let you get right down to disco business with the complete album which is locked and loaded below. Besides, if there’s any record label out there who can warm up the world with any one of their strobe-lit sets, it’s certainly Hed Kandi.