Sep 01, 2014
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Posts tagged: soca

A$AP Soca: A$AP Ferg Links Bunji Garlin For “Truck On D Road”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

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It looks like Labor Day Weekend in NYC might just have its anthem for this year in place (and perhaps Caribana and Notting Hill, too).

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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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