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 (four years ago) link

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

Nabozo, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:47 (four years ago) link

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

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:18 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

yeah I meant the Bunji tune:


one of my favorites

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:36 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

rob, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:43 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Dumpa Truck goes HARD


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 22:22 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

rob, Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:09 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

rob, Thursday, 31 January 2019 22:28 (four years ago) link

haha, true dat

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 07:10 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Either is fine.

ShariVari, Friday, 1 February 2019 19:52 (four years ago) link

That’s settled then, cheers!

breastcrawl, Friday, 1 February 2019 20:03 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link


'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 (four years ago) link

three weeks pass...


Sour grapes re Grenada’s Mr Killa?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 21:54 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I like Mr. Killa from Grenada’s “ Run Wild it.” His speedy ennuncation and the percussive rhythms. He’s gonna be in DC Sunday.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:32 (four years ago) link

Listening to David Rudder’s Catharsis album from a few years back. I like his lilting melodies, socio-political lyrics, and rhythms that aren’t quite as fast-tempoed as most soca hits

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 March 2019 14:16 (four years ago) link


Rudder, a singer/songwriter who won the Calypso Monarch and Road March titles in 1986, answered first.

Each generation reflects where we are in society, he said. Recalling that he had come up as a calypsonian in the tradition of Zandolie and Kitchener, the “Lyrics Man” said working with 2016-18 Soca Monarch Voice showed him that young writers see rhyme and lyrics differently from the older generation of calypsonians. He and Voice have a 2019 release called Madness....

...Calypso emerged from the songs of enslaved Africans in Trinidad and came of age in the poor, black, urban jamette culture of the early 20th century. Its anodyne lyrics often disguised subversive or vulgar double meanings.

There is no need to disguise such meanings any more, Rudder said. “It’s not by chance. It’s a very raw time.”

curmudgeon, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:47 (three years ago) link

70-something Calypso Rose from T & T is performing in NYC tonight. Wish she’d come farther south to my locale

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 April 2019 18:33 (three years ago) link

xp my Chutney-loving mate made the case for parallels between that style and country music. so many songs about break ups and alcohol abuse

frame casual (dog latin), Friday, 5 April 2019 18:53 (three years ago) link

Maybe so

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 April 2019 12:54 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

From Martinique (and from 2016, but new to me, so yeah):


M.O.B • KoKoLeCheL

This is from this year, slightly different title, completely different track:


M.O.B • KoKéLécheL

(Spotify has them as by “Mob” and “M O B” respectively, but it’s the same guy)

breastcrawl, Friday, 3 May 2019 12:59 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Interesting stuff. How come nobody ever told me about that Jamaican ”Mad Over You” rip?

Ding Dong • Lebeh Lebeh

(sure, it belongs on the dancehall thread, but since everybody’s mashing things up anyway...)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:23 (three years ago) link

Lebeh Lebeh is cute, but it's always bugged me that it cuts some of the best bits of "Mad over You" (which I adore)

rob, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:15 (three years ago) link

breastcrawl, have you checked out the Walshy Fire album? I haven't gotten around to it yet myself but it's all stuff like this:


rob, Friday, 21 June 2019 13:19 (three years ago) link

Mad Over You always reminds me of just how much I love music.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 21 June 2019 13:41 (three years ago) link

rob, I listened to the Walshy Fire album, several times in fact. I’m not too crazy about the Alkaline/Runtown track you posted, I like second single “Call Me” with Eazi and Kranium much better:

The dancehall-leaning tracks don’t do too much for me (a bit stodgy and waaaay too much Ice Prince - they must be very good friends). The fun is in the lighter tracks, notably “Outside” (Adekunle Gold/Nailah Blackman) (is this afrosocapop?) and “Amazing” (Timeka Marshall/Stonebwoy) with its wonderful steel drum coda, my favourite:

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:13 (three years ago) link

“Amazing”, again:

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:14 (three years ago) link

Afro-Caribbean collaborations that are at least as interesting:

How about some “palm whine à la bamba”? https://youtu.be/QNb0WlPe73Y

Juls ft. Agent Sasco • Slow Down

And this reggaeton bombshell, produced by Legendury Beatz: https://youtu.be/HcwEyLhwL54

J Balvin & Bad Bunny ft. Mr Eazi • Como Un Bebé

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:16 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

Reposting this from the Rolling Dancehall & Reggae thread, where vcrash posted it yesterday:

Bush Tea • Wiyah Waist

(She’s from the Virgin Islands)

breastcrawl, Saturday, 10 August 2019 17:11 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

has anybody had a chance to hear this soundway comp ?

Body Beat: Soca​-​Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979​-​98)

curious to hear a perspective from ilxors who have been keeping tabs on contemporary soca

budo jeru, Sunday, 17 November 2019 04:44 (three years ago) link

sounds good on a quick spin. what would you call the high points on that collection?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:02 (three years ago) link

yeah it's quite good. i mean, it's got very little to do with current soca sounds, but it's entertaining as a time-capsule in the way a lot of outernational music compilations can be. there's some nice crossover with funk and house music. well worth a spin

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:39 (three years ago) link

Not really listened enough times to pick faves.

Quite like D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix) which is the aforementioned housey tune

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:43 (three years ago) link

yeah, i haven't spent enough time with the comp to pick a favorite, nor do i feel qualified to point out the high points. that's why i posted here. you tell me !!

budo jeru, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 18:36 (three years ago) link

Fucking love that “D’Jab Jab Dance” track, but then it seems I’m genetically predisposed to like anything jab.

Case in point: two new (and very different) tracks from/with my to-go-to jab guy:

Xpert Productions ft. Slatta • Wukking High

Slatta • Bwa Neg Mawon

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 22:59 (three years ago) link

Thanks! As long as they're Soca Season 2019 release dates are not a problem.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 2 January 2020 11:10 (three years ago) link

New thread, cos why not:

'We're Jamming Still!' - rolling Soca, Chutney, Dennery, Jab and the rest 2020

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 09:41 (three years ago) link

Why not— uh, read Rob’s intro to this one:

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--

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 15:48 (three years ago) link

i'm interested in what's happening now. i detest history

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:10 (three years ago) link

but yeah, point taken. too late now

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:11 (three years ago) link

my approach didn't exactly stimulate posting so I have no objection to this!

rob, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:51 (three years ago) link

seven months pass...

reviving this thread for this superlative floaty track from Martinique:

70 SHIINE ft. Nacho • Domino

(courtesy of D-40 on the [cruel, cruel] Summer Jams thread)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 21 August 2020 15:16 (two years ago) link


Trini Calypso from the 1920s to 1940s .

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 August 2020 05:57 (two years ago) link


Notting Hill Carnival August 29-31
Digital style

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 August 2020 21:11 (two years ago) link

Don't often think of soca in a live band context, but Kes have released an excellent live album called 'We Home'. It's great to hear some absolute classics like 'Hello' and 'Savannah Grass' in this context


doorstep jetski (dog latin), Thursday, 3 September 2020 09:30 (two years ago) link

haha, I'm only now watching the video and didn't realise it was 'live in the studio' but that would make sense

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Thursday, 3 September 2020 09:30 (two years ago) link

Another French overseas department in the house - je kiffe trop!

Poplane ft. Momo Wang • Mo Lé

Poplane is from French Guiana, I see him referred to as “le Wizkid guyanais”. Appropriately enough, the video was shot in Africa (in Senegal, to be precise).

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 September 2020 17:51 (two years ago) link

starting my Friday with this loveliness

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 11 September 2020 07:49 (two years ago) link

four months pass...

bump for this fun track from Aruba that I just happened across:

Ataniro ft. Steve Andreas • Dios Para Den

three weeks pass...

Tekisha Abel bringing the Suriname slackness, leaving a nation in disarray:

Tekisha • Lolo Bal

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:37 (two years ago) link

I like this older one as well:

Tekisha Abel • Krin

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 15:38 (two years ago) link

enjoying this! don't get to hear much from suriname. i guess it's more reggae than soca?

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 17:31 (two years ago) link

not lolo bal though. wow, i love this.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 17:33 (two years ago) link

could have posted it on the dancehall thread ad well, but preferring to spice up this thread with the non-Jamaican goodness.

did you check out the Aruban banger I posted last month?

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 17:44 (two years ago) link

yeah, it's a banger!

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 21:09 (two years ago) link

t’is an Aruban banger!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 9 February 2021 21:24 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

added the most recent tracks posted here to this integrated Rolling Spotify playlist for all the Caribbean music threads (soca, dancehall, reggaeton/dembow/urbano, Martinique, other caribbopop). we’re 75 tracks in, feel free to follow:

ILM rolling Caribbean vibes 🥁🥁🥁

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 6 May 2021 20:36 (one year ago) link


curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:20 (one year ago) link

new Tekisha Abel:

Tekisha Abel • Né Krooi

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 19:24 (one year ago) link

two months pass...


RIP Trinidad rapso pioneer Brother Resistance

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 14:47 (one year ago) link

I'd never heard of Brother Resistance before he died (I've never really attempted to fully grasp TT music). Grateful for this overview of BR/rapso by David Katz: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jul/21/rapso-discover-the-pride-and-power-of-trinidads-rap-soca-music

Now I'm listening to his debut and it's totally excellent: https://brotherresistance.bandcamp.com/album/rapso-take-over

The Kindred track in that Katz piece also sounded rad

rob, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 12:58 (one year ago) link

RIP Brother Resistance

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 14:25 (one year ago) link

RIP Jacob Devarieux , guitarist from zouk band Kassav from Covid

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 July 2021 03:00 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...


Chutney soca winners in T & T

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 19:43 (one year ago) link

seeing in twitter and IG that legend David Rudder just did a gig the other night in T & T

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 15:07 (one year ago) link

five months pass...

I tried a '22 soca mix the other day. I have to admit I wasn't super into it as a mix, but a few tunes caught my ear:

Kes x Dwala - Jolene


GBMnutron - Down Dey


Keshav - Move


Nailah Blackman x Mical Teja - Dingolay


rob, Saturday, 20 August 2022 18:34 (seven months ago) link

I really really really like this one. feel it could have across-the-board appeal. should do well in a decade poll in fact:

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 August 2022 18:38 (seven months ago) link

thanks for posting these updates!

sean gramophone, Monday, 22 August 2022 18:08 (seven months ago) link

Yes thanks. I am also liking German-born, Barbadian vocalist Rupee's "First Wine" 2022 single. He's been around a bit and has a pop-soca and reggaeish feel on some cuts. He and Kerwin Dubois recently were in DC at a festival

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 August 2022 20:00 (seven months ago) link

xp I appreciate that, sean!

That is pretty nice, curmudgeon, thanks. I think you might be into this Trini-Haitian collab (so might we all in fact):


Kes x J Perry x Michael Brun - Liki Tiki

And speaking of Barbados, one thing I learned from my brief survey the other day was that this slice of Caribbean weirdness is apparently super popular:


Father Philis - Brawling

rob, Monday, 22 August 2022 20:15 (seven months ago) link

been a while since I treated myself to fresh soca sounds, so I’m very happy with this selection. the only one I was familiar with was “Jolene”. “Liki Tiki” is an instant favourite too, J Perry’s Kreyòl part in particular makes it.

that Father Philis track is intriguing. he’s got a new one out, “Face Beat”, that’s even bigger than “Brawling”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKg6b_Hezb0

Nailah Blackman just made a track with him (and Salty) as well, called “Teknique (Bum Bum Bum)”:

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 August 2022 19:54 (seven months ago) link

I found some of the tracks posted last week on the Get Soca 2022 compilation on Spotify, and listened to the whole fun thing.

a couple of highlights:

Boyzie • Stage In Life
(on the Chips and Dip Riddim by jab masters Xpert Productions - Slatta and Lil Kerry are on it as well)

Blaxx ft. Linky First • Rum Ina Me Head
(another jab track by the sound of it)

Raymond Ramnarine ft. Vicadi Singh • Mind Yuh Business
(which has clear Indian inflections - does that mean this is “chutney”?)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 August 2022 19:58 (seven months ago) link

but my favourite discovery is this guy Umpa, who’s from Guadeloupe but is equally at home in the Anglophone and Francophone vernacular:

the sparse “Plat” (which leans slightly more Kreyol) was on that comp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS0j2yb0XQ0

…but then there’s also his most recent one, the maximalist “Bap” (mainly in English): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQYNZP9PxEQ

it sounded exhilaratingly familiar and then I realised: it could have been a Ball J Beat! Ghanaian azonto producer extraordinaire of tracks like “Lapaz Toyota” (as well as “Pooley” after he had adapted his style)

(the man had that where’s my Grammy?!!!?!!! tag on his records long before Burna even entertained such notions (speculation, your honour!), let alone voice them)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 August 2022 20:04 (seven months ago) link

two months pass...

I'm pretty out the loop for decent soca. Feels like 2020/21 were bumper years but even my soca-nerd pals seem more interested in stuff like amapiano and cruise-beat these days. What's good?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 November 2022 10:43 (four months ago) link

Don’t know. Here’s some random Bermuda dj’s Spotify playlist from earlier this year

Droppin' this here again for the ppl that need it this week 👍🏾😆

My 2022 Soca Top 20 Playlist https://t.co/gNykE8rocM

— DJ Rusty G (@djrustyg) June 13, 2022

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 16:11 (four months ago) link


Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 15 November 2022 16:37 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Awesome Machel Montano February 17 soca and afrobeats and more Carnival show in Trinidad

I want to go to Trinidad for this awesome February 17 carnival show with soca and afrobeats artists . Saw Machel Montano do an incredible show @ the since shutdown Crossroads in Bladensburg once or twice & have seen a few of the others but not all. pic.twitter.com/WcqzQGA3Wz

— Steve Kiviat (@SteveKiviat) February 11, 2023

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 February 2023 14:31 (one month ago) link

Flyer for the show in the tweet

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 February 2023 14:31 (one month ago) link


CerebralCaustic, Monday, 13 February 2023 02:12 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

It's carnival season!

I'm loving both the amapiano version AND the soca version of Machel Montano x Hugh Masekela's* The Meeting Place



*I know, right?!

Haven’t listened to DJ Private Ryan latest soca mix but a New York Times mention of it is my reminder to listen

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 March 2023 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

Bunji's Hard Fete is the definitive soca of the year for me.


human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 12 March 2023 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah it's an instant classic that one

I’m not quite ready for that road yet, but I’m pretty sure I prefer the “N.M.G. Roadmix” to the original version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L91PtPvDgtE

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