2021 Soca Season: Carnival is cancelled, but the music keeps flowing

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So... yeah. Machel invites you to a Private Party. Do bring the family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaftVOQIX3c

Machel Montano - Private Party (The Origin Project)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 8 February 2021 21:46 (three weeks ago) link

nice one longneck, thanks for starting this. I don't feel too bad about sleeping on soca last year for obvs reasons, but I'm in the mood now (and just bumped the Nailah thread with "Farmer" which is a warm afropoppy jam).

Dang though, I was not expecting to find that "Private Party" video genuinely moving -- doesn't help that T&T was the last big holiday I went on.

Crazy Duck is v cool, power soca but slightly muted makes sense for the times

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 14:39 (three weeks ago) link

Swappi's "Properly" came out back in June but is an anthem:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bLQIA0Ub-U

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 14:42 (three weeks ago) link

That soca is almost always about social life in the present means this season is going to be quite the time capsule:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzZODay563c

Preedy, "Wine Pon Live" (skip to 1:00 if you just want to hear the song)

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 14:47 (three weeks ago) link

I should def have been listening to soca in June, absolutely love this Nessa Preppy & Salty tune:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvzxTwi8Rwg

"Pull Up"

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 14:58 (three weeks ago) link

great to see this thread getting some well-needed love.

my friends who run the weekly Super Soca Show on Ujima.fm (well worth a listen on Saturday lunchtimes btw) were remarking that while Soca is party music, when of the key themes running through it is a feeling of yearning: a need to de-stress, to let go and to party. So to that extent, the messages and themes can be easily reworked to suit lockdown times

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

otm, I was having more or less the same thought watching this Iwer George video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4oOc78ss08

technically 2020 season so I won't post it, but I'm only hearing "Splash" for the first time and wauu

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:08 (three weeks ago) link

looking forward to checking all these (and the Nailahs) out.
can I point everyone to the where's d'scene? rolling soca, chutney, jab & other caribbean pop thread as well? I use it these days, every now and then, to post bangers from the non-dancehall and non-soca countries in the Caribbean, and it could do with a lot more love!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:15 (three weeks ago) link

thanks for the reminder bc, I think I unbookmarked that at some point due to self-inflicted soca thread confusion (btw I wouldn't be offended if you decided to start a thread with a clearer title)

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:21 (three weeks ago) link

I just posted Nailah's version on her thread, but the Tender Touch riddim is gorgeous laid-back afro-soca, which Olatunji always excels at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THXQ041PJzU

"Angel"

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:41 (three weeks ago) link

Teddyson John & Kerwin Du Bois' "See Dem" almost invents socadelia but I'm not quite sure it works?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGNBti3Ld-E

rob, Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:51 (three weeks ago) link

now we're rolling! Thanks, rob!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 12 February 2021 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

p good reflection (note to Fader: it is 2021) on the current scene:

https://www.thefader.com/2021/02/17/without-carnival-soca-artists-made-2020-theirs

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:37 (one week ago) link

mentioned in that article, Motto's "Uber Everywhere" is an anthem*:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLmLrfthu0I

*not just for Uber, Inc. lol

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:42 (one week ago) link

ha, I’m in the very middle of finally checking these out. my main findings so far:

- I love the Crazy Duck Riddim

- I am extremely sure Teddyson John & Kerwin Du Bois' "See Dem” works incredibly well for me

Just in:

- “Uber Everywhere” is top notch

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 February 2021 17:00 (one week ago) link

ha yeah I was shuffling my soca playlist the other day and "See Dem" came up, I was like "what is this?? it's amazing!"; just needed fresher ears I think

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 17:08 (one week ago) link

this takes a minute to build up but then it's monumental:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KkC8uU0OC0

System32 & Shal Marshall, "All Day" (the whole 24 Hour riddim is prob worth checking out)

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 17:24 (one week ago) link

“Properly” also a proper jam

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 20 February 2021 18:17 (one week ago) link

Swappi's properly is... strangely kartel-like in that one part. I love all of it.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 20 February 2021 19:32 (one week ago) link

it has some vybz for sure! annoyingly not on streaming in my neck of the woods though

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 19:47 (one week ago) link

I can't find it anywhere outside of youtube, unfortunately. I need an mp3 badly.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 20 February 2021 20:25 (one week ago) link

always puzzling to me when this happens and there's a professional video

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 21:16 (one week ago) link

Nadia Batson's A Love Note to Carnival is giving me all the feels tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjntjwvlswA

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 21 February 2021 00:17 (one week ago) link

Loving how Machel channels Wizkid on the approriately titled High Life (Beach Chair Riddim)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EarA7zSmmQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 23:30 (two days ago) link

Kerwin's 'See Dem' upthread is something special, the way it hardly has any beats on it but still sounds iconic and like something you could see people getting down to. No doubt it will get versioned to fuck, and I'm all for a big Road version myself

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 01:05 (yesterday) link


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