TOPPA TOP ’17: THE BEST SOCA SINGLES OF 2017

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7. Dynamite, “Brave”

Dynamite - Brave (2017 Soca)

This tune from St. Vincent’s Dynamite features great production from Mark Cyrus and a lyrical style that falls halfway between soca and U.K. grime. Once the intro on this one hit at soca fetes this year, dancefloors erupted with echoes of Dynamite’s infectious “Ra Ta Ta Ta Ta” chant. Pure shellings ensued, especially when selectors followed with Lil Natty + Thunda’s “Top Striker.” From a production standpoint, this record could easily fit in a London grime juggling as well, potentially giving it even more life. — Paul Parris