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Soca Gold 2014

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Keeping up the high quality control like its sister series, Reggae Gold, VP's annual soca overview remains vital on this 2014 edition, and maybe even a bit cocky this time out, as the Bunji Garlin cut included isn't the usual over the top fire from the soca superstar, but a slow roller. No worries, as the uplift and uptempo hit hard with Farmer Nappy's "Big People Party" ("I want a big people party/All liquor up inside me"), and when Skinny Fabulous' "BTW (Behaving the Worst)" hits with the same spirit ("Everybody jump up and show me your worst behavior") plus an EDM-influenced backbeat, it's already time to restock the rum. Sass challenges Bunji's reign with two wicked cuts included ("Bad Influence" suggests she's the Joan Jett or Lady Saw of soca, and "Shake Dat" is a club cut Pitbull, Diplo, and Deadmau5 could all agree on), while Tallpree sound like little else in Trinidad and Tobago as they filter the ultra-fast, old-school style through modern technology. No trip to Carnival should be without.

Track Listing - Disc 2

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