Oct 31, 2014
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Posts tagged: soca

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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Mixtape Mondays: Faction Sound Crew, Kalibandulu, Broken Silence Sound

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Mixtape Mondays returns this week with an assortment of goods from the tropics. A global affair as always combining dancehall, reggae and much more from some top sounds. Dig in below.

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Now Things: Tobago’s After Jazz Fringe Festival

Words by Tishanna Williams, Photo by Scott Homer—
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Picture yourself under the Tobago moonlight grooving to melodic guitar strums from some of the most creative bands in T&T, dancing yourself to a frenzy as the vibe switches up with each performance. This is a pretty good idea of what you will get at the After Jazz Fringe Festival happening in Tobago from April 25-27.

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