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Gutted that carnival is another year away? Get right on this unmissable compilation of digi Soca-Dub and plugged-in Calypso from the experts at Soundway Records, coming off like the missing link between South African bubblegum and Kwaito, Latin Freestyle, Surinamese bubblers, Italo-funk, Zouk, rare groove boogie, US/Euro-house, and digi-dub proper. Too many highlights to mention!!!
“Compiled by Soundway Records founder Miles Cleret, along with DJ and collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat comprises 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, the 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.
Filled with up-tempo tracks from start to finish, the lead single of the compilation "I Want Your Love" by Peter Britto is a soca-house number which originally came out on NYC-based label Hometown 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.
Lead single "I Want Your Love" is the most recent track on the compilation, being released in 1998, and 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.”