For the past five years, London’s DJ Neptizzle has been cooking up a treat with his popular “Ultimate Afrobeats” (UAB) Mixes. But we hear you ask, how exactly does a British-Vietnamese guy become an Afrobeats DJ? Well, back in the Noughties, DJ Neptizzle found himself playing at a friend’s graduation party where he was asked to throw on some African jams. While he was more than happy to shuffle through the usual grime and garage selections, when he put on the Afrobeats, the crowd lit up and from that day he was converted. Fast forward to 2015 and DJ Neptizzle is one of the hottest names in the game.
So get familiar with DJ Neptizzle’s latest release, “#UAB15”. But in case you need pushing here are a few reasons why you should go and listen that ish.
1. You’ll love it so much you’ll download the series
DJ Neptizzle has been getting the party started with his “Ultimate Afrobeats Mix” every year since 2010. His intrepid beat-stalking has got him an Adidas sponsorship and a guest spot on DJ Edu’s “Destination Africa” show on 1Xtra. So, if you love Afrobeats or you’re just wondering what all the fuss is about, check out the “UAB” back catalogue on YouTube. We promise, it won’t disappoint.
2. Eating Jollof with chopsticks is his party trick
We love Jollof rice as much as the next person but DJ Neptizzle takes it to a whole new level – he can eat them with chopsticks – and you’ve got to rate anyone who can do that. Extra points if you can pull that off in a dark DJ booth without getting rice everywhere.
3. He does a mean Azonto
Ocassionally DJ Neptizzle ventures out from behind the DJ booth to bust a few moves on the dancefloor. He’s even shared a stage with the talented CEO Dancers and if you’re familiar with the original version of Fuse ODG’s smash, “Azonto” featuring Itz Tiffany, then you might’ve caught a glimpse of Neptizzle doing
a half-hearted the Azonto.
4. Don Jazzy rates him
Don Jazzy aka Don Baba J aka Michael Collins aka the one-man hitmaker and CEO of Nigeria’s hottest record label, Mavin Records is a self-confessed fan of the Hackney DJ. He even went as far as to give DJ Neptizzle a shoutout on Twitter after he played for him and Dr Sid during a visit to Lagos. And if you follow Don Jazzy on social media, you’ll know he’s not one to throw out compliments willy-nilly. Go on with your bad self Nep!
SHOUT OUT TO @DjNeptizzle. HELD IT DOWN AT POP. NICE SKILLZ BRO.
— Michael Collins (@DONJAZZY) December 29, 2012
5. #UAB15 is packed with the best Afrobeats bangers of 2015
Cast a quick glimpse over the tracklist and you’ll find the biggest and best tracks of the year so far all crammed onto one mix. Expect to find hits by Davido, Olamide, Yemi Alade and Wizkid repping for Nigeria as well as tracks from some of Ghana’s finest, R2Bees, M.anifest, E.L and Sarkodie alongside homegrown British talent, Kwamz and Flavour, Maleek Berry and Moelogo to name but a few. Nice work DJ Neptizzle!