Various Artists - Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

Various Artists

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Various Artists - Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

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17 obscure Soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks influenced by disco, boogie, house-music, soul and the more conscious lyrics of roots reggae. 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 Records 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 modernising 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 emphasised the beat, and introduced arrangements that often owed as much to American funk and soul as to calypso.

Filled with up-tempo tracks from start to finish, the compilation's lead single "I Want Your Love" by Peter Britto is a soca-house number which originally came out on NYC-based label Hometown Music in 1998. It features the recognisable soca synth beat, along with Caribbean steel drums and horns - but with the obvious influence of New York's booming house scene, making it an ultimate crossover track for club dancefloors and carnivals alike.

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.

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Triple Album (SNDWLP132)
    1. Cito Jarvis - Fighting Soldier
    2. Roger Bain - Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)
    3. *D* Ivan - Fire (Extended Dub Edit)
    1. Bill Campbell - Body Beat
    2. Brother Resistance - Move It (Version)
    3. Adonijah - It's Alright
    1. Peter Britto - I Want Your Love
    2. Juno D - Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)
    3. Colin Jackman - D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)
    1. Levi John - S-O-C-A
    2. Spiking - Liberation Train
    1. Mohjah - Zion Gates (Dub)
    2. Andre Tanker - Wild Indian Band
    3. Touch - Touch Music (Edit)
    1. D' Rebel Band - Solid
    2. The Millers - Last Days
    3. Chocolate Affaire - Jump To Calypso
    CD Double Album (SNDWCD132)
      1. Cito Jarvis - Fighting Soldier
      2. Roger Bain - Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)
      3. *D* Ivan - Fire (Extended Dub Edit)
      4. Bill Campbell - Body Beat
      5. Brother Resistance - Move It (Version)
      6. Adonijah - It's Alright
      7. Peter Britto - I Want Your Love
      8. Juno D - Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)
      9. Colin Jackman - D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)
      1. Levi John - S-O-C-A
      2. Spiking - Liberation Train
      3. Mohjah - Zion Gates (Dub)
      4. Andre Tanker - Wild Indian Band
      5. Touch - Touch Music (Edit)
      6. D' Rebel Band - Solid
      7. The Millers - Last Days
      8. Chocolate Affaire - Jump To Calypso
      Download Album (SNDWLP132D)
      1. Juno D - Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)
      2. Roger Bain - Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)
      3. *D* Ivan - Fire (Extended Dub Edit)
      4. Bill Campbell - Body Beat
      5. Cito Jarvis - Fighting Soldier
      6. Peter Britto - I Want Your Love
      7. Mohjah - Zion Gates (Dub)
      8. Colin Jackman - D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)
      9. Chocolate Affaire - Jump To Calypso
      10. Andre Tanker - Wild Indian Band
      11. Adonijah - It's Alright
      12. Touch - Touch Music (Edit)
      13. Brother Resistance - Move It (Version)
      14. Levi John - S-O-C-A
      15. Spiking - Liberation Train
      16. D' Rebel Band - Solid
      17. The Millers - Last Days