For those who couldn't make it to carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, VP Records has once again performed a public service by collecting all the soca (soul-calypso) hits from carnival season in a two-CD

For those who couldn't make it to carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, VP Records has once again performed a public service by collecting all the soca (soul-calypso) hits from carnival season in a two-CD collection. This is one of the great Caribbean genres. Like South African kwela music, soca is awesome feel-good music. It often retains the melodic lilt of calypso, combining it with driving percussion to produce one of the most danceable, party-down sounds on the planet. Disc one includes such soca luminaries as Super P ("Peeping"), Ricky Jai & Double D ("Sting She"), Rupee ("Blame It [On de Music]"), Jany ("Splash [Dip In de Salt]"), Burning Flames ("Mash It Up"), Invasion Band featuring Naya George ("Trinidad"), and Iwer George ("Gimme Ah Bligh"). Disc two is a 21-track party mix, masterminded by New York DJ Rich LaMotte, who takes the 18 tracks featured on disc one as his starting point to create his own soca magic. Get the party started, indeed.—PVV

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