Aug 30, 2014
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Posts tagged: soca

Carnival Soundtrack: Skinny Fabulous + Kubiyashi’s Vincy Mas Anthems

Words by Jesse Serwer

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Vincy Mas might not have the same international prestige as Trinidad Carnival, Crop Over or Spice Mas, but St. Vincent’s annual festival, which kicks off today before climaxing July 8, has been the source of some of the biggest soca in recent years. Much of that has been on account of Skinny Fabulous, who has been holding the torch for Vincy soca with tracks like “Head Bad,” “Monster” and Machel Montano collaboration “Duracell Plus” and a tough, dancehall-influenced style not unlike Trinidad’s Bunji Garlin (Skinny studied at UWI, and has worked with Jamaican producers Daseca and Truckback).

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Mixtape Mondays: Dubbel Dutch, Jus’ Now, So Shifty, Tropkillaz

Words by Deejay Theory 

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Some mammoth tropical explosions on deck this week at Mixtape Mondays with big energy, bass and vibes bussing from every corner. Summer going up! up! up!

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Impressions: Machel Montano Takes The UN


Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Che Kothari

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Mixtape Mondays: Federation Sound, Balooba Sound x Richie Stephens, Green B

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Happy Memorial Day! I’m writing to you from Siem Reap, Cambodia at the moment but for our friends in the States let’s hope you have the day off work and are setting up for a BBQ function or other non-laborious holiday activities. We’ve got the proper soundtrack on deck with a sampling of new dancehall, reggae and soca. Fire it up below:

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EVENT: Kes the Band “Endless Summer” In-Store

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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It’s not even Memorial Day Weekend yet—the official start of summer here in the U.S., for those of you in international zones—but, thanks to Kes the Band, we’ve already got a tune to hold us down though Labor Day on Eastern Parkway, and beyond. On Kes’ new “Endless Summer,” the voice of “Wotless,” “Thief a Wine” and countless other soca classics promises “summer can’t done” over Brooklyn beatmaker Ricky Blaze’s suitably season-fitting Uptown Julie riddim.

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Large Up Interview: Jus Now Are Taking Soca Back to The Future

Words by Marcha M. Johnson, Photos by Arnaldo James— jus-now-sam-lazabeam-2

Amidst the surge of soca tunes released for this year’s Trinidad Carnival, you may have noticed, on tracks such as Bunji Garlin’s “Truck on D Road” and Machel Montano’s “Junction,” the emergence of a fresh yet nostalgic sound that immediately commands your attention with signature percussion and authoritative bass. If you were paying attention, you might have even sampled a bit of this phenomenon last year when Bunji Garlin released the song “Savage.” We decided it was time to unmask the masterminds behind this new evolution in soca: Trinidad’s Keshav Singh aka LAZABeam and the UK’s Sam “Interface” Chadburn, collectively known as Jus Now.

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