Various - Body Beat: Soca-dub And Electronic Calypso (1979-98)

Various - 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.

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.


  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)
  10. Levi John - S-O-C-A
  11. Spiking - Liberation Train
  12. Mohjah - Zion Gates (Dub)
  13. Andre Tanker - Wild Indian Band
  14. Touch - Touch Music (Edit)
  15. D' Rebel Band - Solid
  16. The Millers - Last Days
  17. Chocolate Affaire - Jump To Calypso
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