Words by DJ Arems
As we publish this Mixtape Monday, Jouvert morning is already in full swing and one of the biggest parties in the world is taking place in Trinidad as Carnival is upon us. We’ve found all the latest soca mixes to be released for this year’s Carnival so wave your flag and teef a likkle whine with this set of fine soca mixtapes.
Nic Pena, LargeUp Mix Series – Essential Trinidad Soca 2018: We kick off our Carnival Mixtape Monday special with the LargeUp Mix Series tape we debuted last week in the attempt to prepare you for this week’s massive fete. Trini raido personality Nic Pena laced us with over 2 hours of Essential Trinidad Soca for 2018 and it’s nothing but the latest and the greatest energy filled track for all you soca warriors. If you’re still just “jammin still” you need to update your chunes! Stream and download below, tracklist here.
Private Ryan, Soca Brainwash 2018: Private Ryan is a staple on the Soca scene and if there’s anyone who can show you what’s really happening right now in Soca, it’s him. The Soca Brainwash series has been coming out for years and it’s one we look forward to as must have each go around. Ryan often makes his own versions of big songs and, unless you got it from him personally, these mixes are the only place you’re able to hear them. Nothing but high power soca madness is featured on this mix. Do yourself a favor and run it right now. Stream below.
This is Jester, Carnival Passion 2018: If you’re missing out on Carnival right now, get familiar with the tracks on this mix and then join Jester in his home town of Toronto later this summer for Caribana. The two parties really can’t be compared but both feature tons of soca music, parades with colourful costumes and bere vibes. Jester digs up all the soca gold on Carnival Passion for this year with artists like Kerwin Dubois, Machel Montano, Kes the Band and Bunji Garlin delivering all the heat for di road. Another essential mix for soca lovers everywhere. Stream and download below.