Soca Gold 2009 [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Evaluating a soca compilation is always something of a challenge, because the music's formal structure is so strictly defined. There are those who say that all reggae sounds the same, but compared to soca, reggae offers a kaleidoscope of stylistic variety. That said, soca's single rhythm is a great one, and its relentless jump-up energy is intoxicating; taken in two- or three-track doses, a collection like this offers powerfully compelling party music. And several of the artists compiled here deserve kudos for trying to take the sound someplace slightly new: Patrice Roberts' "Looking Hot" is sung beautifully over an uncharacteristically spare and almost gentle groove, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Evaluating a soca compilation is always something of a challenge, because the music's formal structure is so strictly defined. There are those who say that all reggae sounds the same, but compared to soca, reggae offers a kaleidoscope of stylistic variety. That said, soca's single rhythm is a great one, and its relentless jump-up energy is intoxicating; taken in two- or three-track doses, a collection like this offers powerfully compelling party music. And several of the artists compiled here deserve kudos for trying to take the sound someplace slightly new: Patrice Roberts' "Looking Hot" is sung beautifully over an uncharacteristically spare and almost gentle groove, while Kenneth Salick's "Radica" hints at both reggae and bhangra while overusing the trendy Auto-Tune effects that are guaranteed to make this year's hits sound old-fashioned by late 2010. "Carnival Again," by Biggie Irie, is the most calypso-flavored of the tracks here and also one of the best; Edwin Yearwood's "Handle Ya Bizniz" is both bracingly high-energy and startlingly pretty. (Is the general tempo of soca getting faster every year? The BPM counts on these tracks all approach jungle/drum'n'bass territory.) There is one attempt at something like a ballad ("Jepp Sting Naina," credited to Kes, Ravi B, and Hunter), and while it falls rather flat it's still an admirable attempt at expanding soca's rigid stylistic boundaries. Overall, this disc offers significant pleasures but, like most soca collections, should probably be taken in measured doses. (A bonus DVD includes fairly raw footage of the festivities at a J'Ouvert celebration in Trinidad and Tobago -- there is a halfhearted attempt at narrative overlay, but the film consists primarily of dancers in the streets squirting paint on each other in the traditional manner and dancing -- often quite salaciously.)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645185028
  • Catalog Number: 1850
  • Sales rank: 17,871

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Handle Ya Bizniz - Edwin Yearwood (5:16)
  2. 2 Bacchanal - Destra Garcia (4:36)
  3. 3 Tusty - Blaxx (3:16)
  4. 4 Head Bad (On de Spot) - Skinny Fabulous (3:15)
  5. 5 Plenty Gal - Bunji Garlin (3:19)
  6. 6 Soca Daggering - James P. (3:12)
  7. 7 Tight - Peter Ram (3:11)
  8. 8 Looking Hot - Patrice Roberts (3:08)
  9. 9 Wine Up on Me - Zoelah (4:13)
  10. 10 Jepp Sting Naina - Ravi B (4:40)
  11. 11 Yest - KMC (2:57)
  12. 12 She Sexy Now - Jamesy P. (3:56)
  13. 13 Put Some Wine on Me - Rita Jones (3:39)
  14. 14 Sexy Boo - Trini Jacob (3:28)
  15. 15 Wrong Gal - Red Plastic Bag (4:06)
  16. 16 Bashment Winers - Lil Rick (3:40)
  17. 17 Radica - Kenneth Salick (4:21)
  18. 18 Carnival Again - Biggie Irie (3:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Nah Mising Me - Krosfyah
  2. 2 Tight - Peter Ram
  3. 3 Sexy Now - Sam Caruth
  4. 4 Handle Ya Bizniz - Krosfyah
  5. 5 Bacchanal - Destra Garcia
  6. 6 Tusty - Blaxx
  7. 7 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Paul Shields Mastering
Edwin Howell Producer, Executive Producer
Mikey Hulsmeier Composer, Producer
Edwin Yearwood Composer, Producer
Scott Galt Composer, Producer
Terry Arthur Composer
Peter Coppin Composer, Producer
Ricky Reid Composer
Neil Bernard Composer, Producer
Chris Chin Executive Producer
Deron D. James Artwork
Caryl "Trini" Jacobs Composer
Sean Caruth Composer
Dwain Antrobus Composer
Kerwin DuBois Composer, Producer
Destra Garcia Composer
Rita Jones Composer
Madmen Productions Composer
Kenneth Salick Composer
Alex Bartolomei Producer
James Morgan Composer
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