My Top records of the year in NO particular order
Destra Garcia – Bachannal – (Krazi Muzic Records)
This track is one of my favourites for 2009. It was released for 2009 Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago and I believe this track is descriptive of Carnival; we are all Bachannal! Special mention must be made of the extremely huge Roadmix done by Razorshop
Machel Montano HD – Awrite/Ramajay – (Ruf Rex Productions LTD./ Xtatik LTD.)
This track just makes yuh want to Ramajay! Play yuhself! Wicked Riddim by Jimmy Nutron and wicked lyrics by Machel Montano HD
Nella D – No Waiting – (None)
Big Tune which is on the riddim from above; This track all djs should have. Looking forward to more music from Nella D
Shawn Da Ma$tamind Noel – Deputy Woman – (Ma$tamind Productions)
A hilarious Soca track; the music video is even more hilarious and adds the icing on the cake.
Shawn Da Ma$tamind Noel – Whole Lotta Girls – (Ma$tamind Productions)
Country music vibes mixed with Soca! Da Ma$tamind is extending the reaches of Soca music. Awesome music, awesome track!
Farmer Nappy ft General Grant – Looking to Wine – (Homebase Entertainment)
This is my favourite track on the Bubble Up riddim which was produced by Shawn Mitchell and Wayne Greene out of Grenada (Homebase Entertainment)
Benjai – Tanty Say – (None)
One of my favourite tracks off the Laduma riddim which was produced by Darryl Braxton
Blaxx – Tusty – (None)
Another massive hit for T&T Carnival 2009. One of my favourites!
Machel Montano HD – Won’t Stop – (Ruf Rex Productions LTD./ Xtatik LTD.)
This is an anthem that describes the feeling you get during Carnival; Great track!
Shurwayne Winchester – Lonely Road – (Ma$tamind Productions)
Interesting blend of languages!
Edwin Yearwood – Carnival on my mind – (None)
Need I say more; it’s exactly what’s on my mind. Massive track out of Barbados!
Fay Ann Lyons – Meet Superblue – (None)
Wicked track with an awesome beat. The roadmix by Scratchmaster is off the hook!
Tizzy – I Luv Carnival – (None)
I think this track explains who I am and what I represent; Not even for ah millions dollars, I’ll never give up my Soca! Antigua Massive!
Prestan – On de Bumper – (Abx)
Big song on the Abx riddim produced by Alton Bertie
Rudy – Hold On – (Abx)
Another wicked track on the Abx Riddim
Statement – All night Til Mornin’ - (Reddhead Records)
Huge song on the Back it Up riddim produced by Anderson Armstrong out of Barbados! The roadmix to this track is insane!
Mikey – Riddum Seckshun - (Reddhead Records)
What is Carnival without the Riddum Seckshun!
Blood – Chaos - (Reddhead Records)
The title track says it all!
Jimmy Nutron – Overboard – (None)
The Boatride Anthem! But this entire Electric riddim was huge!
KMC – Yeast – (Madmen Productions)
One huge Soca tune for the Recession!
KMC – I’m not Drunk – (None)
The Drunkman’s Anthem! A huge track!
Red Plastic Bag – Wrong Gal – (None)
One of my favourite tracks from Barbados! True Story! lol.
Jungie Rankin – Johnnie Walker – (None)
Off the Grand Stand Riddim, this is an anthem!
Benjai – Last Jam – (None)
Also on the Grand Stand Riddim, this song is for the dj and patrons when the promoters say the dreaded words Last Song!
Tallpree – Playing Jab – (Island Traffic Ent)
Big track from Grenada for the Real Jab Jabs on the Gutter Riddim!
Ricardo Drue ft. Patrice Roberts – Nah Leaving – (Bass Ink Productions)
Huge Flipping song on a Huge Riddim!
Rupee – Standing up against the Law – (Monstapiece Productions)
Who pays to come in a dance to stand up? Rupee lays down the law here!
Patrice Roberts – Looking Hot – (Bass Ink Productions)
Nice Groovy Soca track!
Ms Paige – Man fi Borrow – (None)
Big tune from Toronto based artiste Ms Paige
Shayane Bailey – Pure Sweetness – (None)
Another huge groovy Soca track!
Lil Rick – Spread Out – (Bass Ink Productions)
Just Spread Out!!!!
Skinny Fabulous – De Beast Legho – (Studio 758)
Massive track out of St. Vincent & The Grenadines!
Edwin Yearwood – In de Middle of the Road – (Monstapiece Productions)
Huge song outta Bim; the Roadmix seals the deal!
Pupa Leendi ft Ma$tamind & Lyrikal – Bad 2 de Bone – (Ma$tamind Productions)
Galong Galong and get on Baddddd!!!
Pupa Leendi – Same Strength – (Ma$tamind Productions)
Undiluting the drinks cause we drink it same strength!
Machel Montano HD ft Collie Buddz – Fly Away – (Ruf Rex Productions LTD./ Xtatik LTD.)
There’s just something bout this track that’s real catchy!
Uncle Sam – Signal Di Bumper – (None)
King Shephard – Wuk up on It – (None)
Huge frigging song outta Barbados!
TC – Hot Sun & Rhythm – (None)
Isn’t it all we need? Terrencia Coward makes you feel like you’re really in the Caribbean with this one!
Troots ‘N Ice – Captivate – (None)
I don’t know what it is but this song Captivates me!
Mr. Dale – Wi Cultuh – (Bass Ink Pros)
It’s part of my culture, w.i. culture, Keep Wukking up!
Nathalee Burke – What we do – (De Redboyz Productions)
Massive Tune outta Bim; the Roadmix is awesome!
Red Plastic Bag – Something’s Happening – (None)
I have planned this song about a million times; I’ll never get fed up!
Mr. Dale – Come Out – (None)
The groovy fete anthem!
Problem Child – Madhouse – (None)
This song creates true pandemonium!
Destra Garcia – Fireworks - (Krazi Muzic Records)
A hit for 2010 already!
Farmer Nappy & Kerwin Dubois – Pavement – (None)
This track was recently released and will be in rotation for the 2010 Carnival Season. The tourism board mightn’t be happy because most people won’t be playing in any bands, because dey go be chipping on de pavement to this one!
Farmer Nappy – I Pay for This – (None)
For Carnival 2010 we goh wine how we want, cause I pay for This!
Skinny Fabulous ft Machel Montano HD – Fettin On – (None)
2010 is looking like I’ll be missing from the cold and heading to the Caribbean to experience tunes like this during Carnival
Most under-rated record of the year Ras Iley – Don’t let Kaiso Die – (De Red Boyz)
This song is GREAT! It was banned in Barbados probably because as the tune implies, music nowadays lacks substance! Where are the Lyrics, Body and Composition of tunes today? They can’t silence this one!
Most over-rated record of the year Lil Jon ft Pitbull & Machel Montano HD – Floor on Fire – (None)
Way too over-rated just because it was a Soca track produced by Lil Jon! It’s like having a skilled carpenter performing heart surgery; he may be a skilled craftsman in his field but does that necessarily mean he could perform outside of his specialization? The beat doesn’t even sound like Soca. I prefer local producers who know the music and have a background in it. No offense to anyone; it’s my view.
Best local release
Maffie – Soca Rebels – (None)
Creates, writes, produces, mixes and performs original music!
Best personal campus/community radio moment or experience of the year. The countless interactions with artistes and producers in the genre of Soca Music
Record you are most anticipating for 2010 Everything! So far the music being released currently sounds great!