where's d'scene? rolling soca, chutney, jab & other caribbean pop

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I'm leaving the year off because Carnival season doesn't follow the regular calendar anyway and the last couple threads didn't quite justify dedicated annual threads--hopefully this one will get massively unwieldy and I'll regret it. Also making the thread remit open to basically any Caribbean pop music that isn't already covered in the dancehall and reggaeton&c. threads, though the emphasis will still likely be on Trinidadian music.

Kes's ode to Queen's Park Savannah, "Savannah Grass," seems like a great place to start:


Also enjoying the Tingin' riddim this afternoon:


I desperately need a pre-season mix though, if anyone has any recs.

rob, Saturday, 26 January 2019 19:50 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(repost) Just for the pleasure of having Bunji Garlin with spanish-style guitar again

Nabozo, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's really nice, it has a Carnival Tabanca vibe to it.

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, nice one. For the uninitiated (=me): who is the original “Carnival Tabanca” by? I see lots of songs (cover versions?) with that title.

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:14 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Bunji, i think?

"Tabanca" as a concept is used a lot though - it's basically longing for something that has passed so in this context generally means post-carnival comedown.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I meant the Bunji tune:


one of my favorites

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Soca Monarch semi-finalists are out btw:


I haven't gone through them properly yet (though in true Trini style, i haven't gotten around to listening to my Carnival 2018 compilation CDs yet, so it may be a while).

ShariVari, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wow I don't think I know *any* of the Power finalists

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I do know most of these finalists but it’s great to have the songs listed like this. Thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 21:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Dumpa Truck goes HARD


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 22:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I think longneck might have posted this on the previous thread, but man I love Bunji's See Meh:


On Badang he's meta:


rob, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^Olatunji and Machel are also great on that if you missed it earlier like I did

rob, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Speaking of Bunji Garlin, I really enjoyed this - as well, of course, as everything I've found lurking here for the last decade or so.


vcrash, Thursday, 31 January 2019 01:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

that bangs! underpopulated rolling genre threads are a great way to de-lurk imo, just saying

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha, true dat

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 07:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

can't remember if I posted this on last year's thread, but I like this very much.

Juby - Look She Dey


frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 1 February 2019 12:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What can you lot tell me about Zouk and French-Antillian / French-Caribbean music? Is it still a thing? I remember Kassav' and Zouk Machine being on TV in France a lot as a kid

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 1 February 2019 13:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Ha I ate pancakes at Riley's in December! Great tune too.

Sadly I know rien about French-Caribbean music. fwiw, I think the stray tracks that have crossed my radar were all basically dancehall. LargeUp was never perfect but it definitely sucks there's no good source for general Caribbean music now

rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 17:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This power soca tag team development is worth noting:

Skinny, Machel, and Bunji / "Famalay"


Erphaan, Nailah, and Sekon / "Brave"


rob, Friday, 1 February 2019 17:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Juby is great. Loving the brass and the breakdown at the end. In heavy rotation now.

Some fresh jab from Slatta (or “Slätta”, as Spotify likes to call him, as a result of interference with a Danish band of that name). I had a wild musical fling with him last year, and he’s back!

Slatta • Unbothered:


(this one makes me so so giddy)

Merzy ft. Slatta • Doh Fraid:


(the instrumental track of this one is absolutely bonkers!)

The Cigar Puff Riddim has Slatta, but also this: Big Red • Typa Way:


As it happens, these are all produced by Xpert Productions, who also did Bunji’s “Wet” upthread.

In case it wasn’t abundantly clear yet: Jab is by far my favorite kind of soca.

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Question: I say “jab”, because that’s how people call it here (I think), or is “jab jab” the (only) correct name for this genre?

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 19:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I say Jab but I'm by no means an authority. think 'Jab jab' means devil which is the root term

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 1 February 2019 19:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Either is fine.

ShariVari, Friday, 1 February 2019 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That’s settled then, cheers!

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 20:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

The Toco Loco Riddim (posted at the tail end of the previous thread) is a great way to start the day. Make the shower your carnival!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 7 February 2019 07:50 (one week ago) Permalink


'Pick up something - Run wid it!'


This is Mr Killa - Run Wid It. I think it's mandatory to pick up something when this comes on

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 8 February 2019 15:31 (one week ago) Permalink

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