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

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Have decided that while "Backyard Jam" might be one of the most upbeat, topical soca songs of recent times, it's "See Dem" which has proliferated as my internal soundtrack to lockdown slowly being lifted in the UK. The lack of drums gives it an airiness and a floatiness akin to spring days, meeting up with friends in parks and gardens. Is there a word for a current thing which makes you feel nostalgic for the present? Cos that's how I feel about "See Dem", it's like a postcard of right now.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 09:14 (nine months ago) link

still on lockdown here in Montreal, but that's a nice post dl

and Drunk History is great! thanks for posting that

rob, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 14:55 (nine months ago) link

“See Dem” gives me the feels too. the irony being that the song is about people who are *not* your friends

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 15:15 (nine months ago) link

btw, dog latin, from a different thread, but have you heard Busy’s “Bring Rum”? it has the exact same vibe you just described imo

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 16:37 (nine months ago) link

worth reposting

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 18:50 (nine months ago) link

Ola's "Riddim We Want" is pretty banging:


him and System32 have a somewhat similar borderline chaotic vintage makeover tune too:


"Don't Stop Carnival"

rob, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 19:44 (nine months ago) link

I swore I already posted this (it's on the same riddim as MM's Private Party), but Skinny Fabulous's "Act Normal" also works as an opening up anthem:


rob, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 19:54 (nine months ago) link

Xps yes it only just struck me how antisocial "See Dem" is. I don't pay attention to lyrics on first or second pass so I'm actually a bit disappointed that this song I'd attributed to "yearning" (and I know there's a Trini word for this specific feeling which I can't remember right now) is actually about distrust and solipsism. Never mind, it's lovely.
And yes, "Bring Rum" is fantastic

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:27 (nine months ago) link

you're probably thinking of "tabanca"

btw, I'm listening to Bring Rum again and liking it a lot more than the other day (my pop music ears have been messed up by pandemic/lockdown is my theory)

rob, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 20:31 (nine months ago) link

"Tabanca" was what I was thinking. It was on the tip of my tongue and yet it kept reaching for "parang", lol

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 22:01 (nine months ago) link

"Drunk History" is so much fun. Soca's killing it right now, but I guess it always is

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 20 April 2021 22:06 (nine months ago) link

Apparently this is from 2019 so might be old news to some of you, but it's worth posting about since it's the first time I'm detecting an SA house vibe on a soca riddim.

Here's the Bantu Village Riddim mix:


Orlando Octave – Beauty
Marlon Asher – Party Started
Benjai - Say What They Want
Lady Lava – Feeling Away
Shea Shea – Love Come Down
Dale Ryan - Give Thanks

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 29 April 2021 14:50 (eight months ago) link


(lol just caught that second verse)

rob, Saturday, 1 May 2021 14:43 (eight months ago) link

Looooool didn't notice that

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Saturday, 1 May 2021 19:37 (eight months ago) link

'All Day' sounds better every time I hear it

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:00 (eight months ago) link

Also, every time Machel on "High Life" sings: "Hope you have a good day and everything is o...kay", it hits me so hard in the feels I get pinpricks behind my eyes.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:04 (eight months ago) link

I like the occasional steel drum pings on the Machel Montano cut too. Some of his flow and melodies just hit you, as noted .

Saw him live some years back and it was a great late night gig. While some soca acts just tour using backing tracks , he had a full band . Big crowd and lots of energy. Montano had lots of charisma onstage

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 16:37 (eight months ago) link

not really hearing the SA house in the Bantu Village Riddim, but I love it just the same!

(when it starts I'm immediately reminded of the beat on Iyanya's "Kukere" tho)

(xps to dog latin)

also, can I get an amen for Olatunji's "Riddim We Want"? such a joyous banger, with a true carnival of sounds in the mix

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 19:55 (eight months ago) link

it’s heresy, I know, but for my own convenience/pleasure more than anything I made an integrated Rolling playlist for all the Caribbean music threads (soca, dancehall, reggaeton/dembow/urbano, Martinique, other caribbopop). we’re 72 tracks in, feel free to follow:

ILM rolling Caribbean vibes 🥁🥁🥁

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 20:14 (eight months ago) link

I like your brand of heresy, breastcrawl.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 20:33 (eight months ago) link

ha some years I combine my soca & dancehall playlists and sometimes I don't, though that's more just to keep things manageable

I'm not sure how I missed longneck posting it in March, but MM's "High Life" is great!

Bantu Village: this was new to me but really lovely, but not sure I should be trusted here as I pretty much like every single afro-soca riddim I've ever heard lol. I do think I hear what you mean by SA house, dog latin, though the *thump* is super muted

Olatunji put out like half a dozen classics this season iirc

rob, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 20:43 (eight months ago) link

catching up on those Olatunji classics:

Olatunji ft. Good Times Ahead • Black Liberation

Olatunji ft. System32 • Doing It

guy is *creative*

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 6 May 2021 05:43 (eight months ago) link

oh wow I'd missed "Black Liberation" -- that is fire

rob, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:57 (eight months ago) link

six months pass...

This super-minimal mashup of Meri Makhna Meri Soniya and Buni Garlin's Big Bad Soca is pretty cool


Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 8 November 2021 13:35 (two months ago) link

nice remix

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 November 2021 02:31 (two months ago) link

yeah, very dope

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:46 (two months ago) link

I read something somewhere suggesting that my old-school fave David Rudder might release something new. I think he lives in Toronto now

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 November 2021 14:10 (two months ago) link

Any soca in 2021 best of lists?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 December 2021 21:13 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

Here we go!


Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:06 (four days ago) link

That was "DECORATE" by 2MV & Keshav

Everything I hear by Aisha Noel I love, and "The Realest Thing" is no exception


Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 20 January 2022 23:54 (four days ago) link

oh I love that Noel track

rob, Friday, 21 January 2022 13:56 (three days ago) link

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