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Owing as much to New York, Toronto, and London as to the Caribbean cities of Port of Spain, Bridgetown, and Kingstown this compilation traces the genre from its explosion in the late 1970s right up to the period just before contemporary soca became established around the end of the 1990s. Compiled by Soundway label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat, as with many compilations on the label, explores the fringes of this often maligned (by outsiders) genre.
Boiled down to the bare bones of the matter though: soca is party music. Soca was originally a re-invention of Calypso music; a genre that in the 1970s was fast becoming usurped around the Caribbean by Jamaican reggae and American soul, funk and later disco. The originator of soca (or sokah as he called it), the calypsonian Lord Shorty, began experimenting and modernizing on the formulation of calypso in the early 1970s. His first album featured a strong emphasis on East African rhythms and a punchier recording style that emphasized the beat, and introduced arrangements that often owed as much to American funk and soul as to calypso.
So here you go -- seventeen slabs of soca crossover, rapso, electronic calypso, and Caribbean "soca-soul" for your enjoyment -- and bound to fit well into modern, open-minded DJ sets alongside the resurgence of burger-highlife, digi-reggae, soukous, and zouk. Features Cito Jarvis, Roger Bain, *D* Ivan, Bill Campbell, Brother Resistance, Adonijah, Peter Britto, Juno D, Colin Jackman, Levi John, Spiking, Mohjah, Andre Tanker, Touch, D'Rebel Band, The Millers, and Chocolate Affaire. RIYL: Rebles' Sweetest Taboo (Soca) 12" (SNDW 12036EP), George & Glen Miller's Easing 12" (SNDW 12037EP), Wilson LeGendre.
|A1||–Cito Jarvis||Fighting Soldier|
|A2||–Roger Bain||Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)|
|A3||–*D* Ivan*||Fire (Extended Dub Edit)|
|B1||–Bill Campbell (3)||Body Beat|
|B2||–Brother Resistance||Move It (Version)|
|C1||–Peter Britto||I Want Your Love|
|C2||–Juno D||Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)|
|C3||–Colin Jackman*||D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)|
|E1||–Mojah||Zion Gates (Dub)|
|E2||–Andre Tanker||Wild Indian Band|
|E3||–Touch (24)||Touch Music (Edit)|
|F2||–The Millers*||Last Days|
|F3||–Chocolate Affaire||Jump To Calypso|
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