Various 'Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98)' 3xLP

Various 'Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98)' 3xLP
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.


Catalogue number: SNDWLP132

Condition: New

Label: Soundway

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