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

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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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) link


(lol just caught that second verse)

rob, Saturday, 1 May 2021 14:43 (one month ago) link

Looooool didn't notice that

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

I like your brand of heresy, breastcrawl.

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

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

rob, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:57 (one month ago) link

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