Trinidadian soca selected by Damon Albarn and his Honest Jon's partners
While soca might not have received the attention of its Jamaican counterpart, Trinidad’s indigenous pop has digitally mutated in much the same adventurous way as reggae. Lif Up Yuh Leg provides a snapshot of this percussive, ecstatic music, with tunes mainly from this year’s Trinidad carnival. Sirens and hysterical synths punctuate Timmy’s “Bumpa Catch A Fire”, while Bobo & Agony’s pungently titled “Soca Taliban”acknowledges the scene’s hip hop and Indian influences by borrowing large parts of Truth Hurts ‘superb “Addicted”. Another frantic, infectious and culturally fascinating album from the excellent Honest Jon’s imprint.