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The sound of soca‑dub and electronic calypso from 1979 to 98 explored on new Soundway compilation

Party tested anthems from the Caribbean.

Photo : Brother Resistance

Compiled by Soundway Records label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98) traces the evolution of 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, Body Beat comprises 17 tracks of
soca crossover, rapso, electronic calypso, and Caribbean ‘soca-soul’ described by the label as “obscure soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks.” 

Lead single “I Want Your Love” by Peter Britto is the most recent track on the compilation, originally released in 1998 and features the recognisable soca synth beat, along with Caribbean steel drums and horns.

Body Beat: Soca-Dub and Electronic Calypso (1979-98) is set to land this October. Pre-order it now.