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 (two years ago) link

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

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

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

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

yeah I meant the Bunji tune:


one of my favorites

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

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

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

Dumpa Truck goes HARD


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

haha, true dat

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

Either is fine.

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

That’s settled then, cheers!

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

three weeks pass...


Sour grapes re Grenada’s Mr Killa?

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

Maybe so

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

“Amazing”, again:

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:14 (two 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 (two 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

Miss Naija House Niniola crossing the Atlantic for some soca light:

Niniola • Pocket

On the same Bittersweet Riddim:

Nailah Blackman x Konshens • Slow Wine

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:00 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Nailah's on a ton of collabs now. Love this one with Olatunji:


rob, Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:47 (one year ago) link

this is rad; one for the horrorcore soca fans:


(Blaxx, "Douen")

rob, Sunday, 29 December 2019 18:10 (one year ago) link

if you're into that, check this too: https://youtu.be/z140_ZhGhEQ

rob, Sunday, 29 December 2019 18:14 (one year ago) link

I was totally out of the soca scene in 2019 and feel like I need to catch up. What did I miss? And was there anything pollable outside of Run With It?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 2 January 2020 07:26 (one year ago) link

yes: Famalay, At Large, Trouble In The Morning being just three (I think they came out in 2019 or maybe late 2018)

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Thursday, 2 January 2020 08:28 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

but yeah, point taken. too late now

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

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

rob, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 16:51 (one year 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 (eleven months ago) link

you can’t stop the flow:

🀄️🀄️ Martinique to the world: 70 SHiiNE x Nacho • DOMINO 🀄️🀄️

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 21 August 2020 16:02 (eleven months ago) link


Trini Calypso from the 1920s to 1940s .

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 August 2020 05:57 (eleven months ago) link


Notting Hill Carnival August 29-31
Digital style

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 August 2020 21:11 (eleven months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) link

starting my Friday with this loveliness

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

four months pass...

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

Ataniro ft. Steve Andreas • Dios Para Den

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 16:08 (six months ago) link

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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

not lolo bal though. wow, i love this.

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

yeah, it's a banger!

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

t’is an Aruban banger!

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


curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 May 2021 14:20 (two months ago) link

new Tekisha Abel:

Tekisha Abel • Né Krooi

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

two months pass...


RIP Trinidad rapso pioneer Brother Resistance

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 14:47 (two weeks 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 week ago) link

RIP Brother Resistance

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

RIP Jacob Devarieux , guitarist from zouk band Kassav from Covid

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 July 2021 03:00 (yesterday) link

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