Soca Gold lives up to its name
Catch Di Riddim
THE soca season may have cooled down in most of the eastern Caribbean but, to capitalise on its success, VP Records has released the latest Soca Gold album.
It has 18 tracks and a bonus DVD with highlights from Trinidad Carnival 2014.
The set, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Reggae Album chart, features hits such as Carnival Tabanca by Bunji Garlin, Big People Party by Farmer Nappy, Behaving the Worst by Skinny Fabulous, and Come Out to Play by Benjai.
Laing eyes US charts
Jamaica-born reggae singer Tom Laing is getting some attention with his latest single, Belly of The Beast, done with deejay Capleton.
Released on the Top Tier label, Belly of the Beast is from Laing's upcoming debut album.
With strong promotion for the song in Jamaica, Laing says he and his team have turned their focus to the North American market.
The video was recently completed in New York City and is scheduled for release late this month.
Dubtonic is back
The Dubtonic Kru One returns with the single Tonight, a collaboration with singer Chantelle Ernandez.
It is the first song from the upcoming No Disturbance riddim selection by White Stone Productions.
The 'riddim' was recorded with the band's Jubba White on drums and percussion, Strickland Stone on bass, accompanied by keyboardist Winta James and guitarist Monty Savory.
Formed in 2003 as Dub Project, the band evolved as the five-piece Dubtonic Kru by early 2007. Four years ago, they won the Global Battle of the Bands title in Malaysia.
Dubtonic Kru's other members are Luke Dixon on keyboards, lead vocalist Omar 'Jallanzo' Johnson and Horace 'Kamau' Morgan on vocals and percussion.
The band's summer tour kicks off in Germany in July at the Summer Jam festival.