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Renegade Riddims: Think Tonk


A celebration of Dancehall, dnb, Reggae, Jungle, Hip hop, House and onwards. Mancunian project Think Tonk is the culmination of years of Love for the UK, West Indian and US dance floor music and culture. Think Tonk’s production has garnered support across the board from Toddla T, Tony Colman, DJ Fresh, DJ Target, Sigma, Bryan G, Dub Phizix, and Lenzman to name but a few.

Artists with a long involvement in varying areas of the Uk’s urban dance music scene come with a fresh and vibrant new angle on Bass driven music. The culmination is a dancehall-dnb hybrid. Think Tonk is an adventure into all things Bashy, Bassy, Wavey and Ravey.’

Back in August, he dropped a hard-hitting Tru Thoughts Debut, All My Weakness feat. Collette Warren / Divine Elevation‘. Anchored in themes of progression, elevation and moving up and on, both singles are brought to life by Think Tonk’s signature two-step kick and hard-hitting snare patterns. “The drum styles pioneered by Alex Reece, Johnny L and UK Garage are predominant in both pieces”, Think Tonk adds. Staying true to his notorious sound, Think Tonk based the tracks around a live vocal. 

Today we welcome Think Tonk back to our Renegade Riddims, three years since his last appearance, with a brand new absolutely banging mix! The mix features music from the likes of himself, Roni Size, Dillinja, Lady Blackbird, Fox, Moving Fusion and more!

Check out the mix below and download it for free from here


Think Tonk artwork

Sum up this mix in 10 words…

A Spicy Caribbean infused soulful recipe. Prepared in Manchester and beyond.

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

Rivers – think tonk x Jamie Mccool.

A brand new forthcoming track featuring a singer I saw performing in the street. He has an awesome voice that gave me goosebumps. cut too a couple of months later, he sent me an amazing song. Rivers is a beaut. Jaimie’s voice is so dope. 

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

The special ingredient is Vocals!

Tell us about your next EP?

So the release on Tru Thoughts came about through a connection with and the support of Robert Luis, on his wicked podcast. 

2 tracks, One tough one with a fresh vocal from us. ‘Divine elevation’ has some lush synths and a gritty low-end drop. The other one is a soulful stepper with the marvellous Colette Warren.  ‘All my weakness’ came about as I had known and been a fan of Colette for some time. I sent her a really dreamy Bossa-infused instrumental. She blessed the riddim with a great vocal.

What have you got coming up?

We have a banging new ep on V recordings just about to drop. Waterproof palm trees.

In Nov I’m off to the US for a holiday and some gigs including Honolulu..wait what!

Rivers is signed and now has a couple of huge dnb names involved. really hyped to see where that one goes.

When was the last time you actually raved?

The last time I raved was at Glasto whilst watching DJ Krust, one of my all-time faves. He played loads of classic bristol jungle including ‘Warhead’  and it was a fucking moment. That was my “McCartney doing Beatles songs” It was on firmly rooted a heavy little sound system that I also played on. I was jumping about and shouting.

My friend Dave Harvey from Love Saves The Day booked me: I mention this as he introduces me as “the person who took him to his first rave” I can now say the last time I properly raved out was down to Dave.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

I’ve been a raver and made music for almost all my life. I’d still do it even if I never had another release. I realised a while ago, music is not what I do it’s who I am. If you love something keep going with it, do it for the joy of it!


Think Tonk – Clash Opera – Dub

Think Tonk – Haulage – Spearhead

Total Science – Soul Patrol (Marky and Spy Remix) CIA

Think Tonk, DRS, Raggo Loco – Does My Head In – Space Cadet

Moving Fusion – Turbulence – Ram Records

Think Tonk, Longman – Boogoo Yagga Music – V Recordings

Think Tonk, DRS – Back It Don’t Stop – Dub

Sean Paul – Girl (Murder He Wrote Relick) – Dub

Fox – BMT (Think Tonk remix) – Swing Ting

Think Tonk, General Levy – Champagne Impossible – dub

Think Tonk – I See Love (Liam Bailey Dub) – Spearhead

Think Tonk – Divine Elevation – Tru Thoughts

Dogger, Mindstate, Liam Bailey – Broken Home (Calibre Remix) – 1985

Roni Size – Out of the Game – Reprezent

Think Tonk, Collette Warren – All My Weakness – Tru Thoughts

Think Tonk – Coastal Service – Precinct City

Alex Reece – Pulp Fiction (Metal Heads x Bury Dem – Think Tonk) – V Recordings

I Kamachi – Never Can Tell – Full Cycle

Think Tonk, Longman – Tell We Are The Don – V Recordings

Think Tonk – Gritteh Gritteh –  Space Cadet

Think Tonk – Ride On – V Recordings

Sassco, Bounty Killer, Beanie Man – Law Riddim – Think Tonk Juggalizm 

Think Tonk, l Side – 6 Foot Under – V Recordings

Dillinja – I Wanna Know -Valve Recordings

Think tonk, Jamie Mccool – Rivers – dub

Think Tonk – Ones Way Only – Dub

Mistical – Time to Fly – Soul-r

Think Tonk – Emit Thin – Spearhead

Lady Blackbird – Collage – Calibre Remix 

Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Cherry oh Baby


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