Trinidad-based Optimus Productions TT brings us the perfect soundtrack for liming with the Coffee Street Riddim.
Featuring Barbadian soca star Peter Ram with “Feeling Nice,” Dev with “Wuk It n Wuk It,” Sean Caruth with “Push It Back,” Sexy Trisha with “Leave Meh,” Valerie Hill with “Burning,” and Optimus Productions TT with “Coffee Street Riddim (Instrumental),” this groovy compilation provides easy, breezy tropical vibes for fetes and playlists throughout the year.
Producer Jesse John of Optimus Productions TT continues his experimentation of different Caribbean genres, from soca to zouk and fuses those island styles with international flavors such as dance, which make for another vibrant collection of hits from Trinidad’s latest hit maker.
Coffee Street Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Peter Ram – Feeling Nice
2. Dev – Wuk It n Wuk It
3. Sean Caruth – Push It Back
4. Sexy Trisha – Leave Meh
5. Valerie Hill – Burning
6. Optimus Productions TT – Coffee Street Riddim (Instrumental)
WINING GOOD (BHARATI LARAKI)
Trinidadian soca sensation Olatunji Yearwood scores with his massive Carnival hit “Wining Good.” Produced by Julian “Juelio” Nelson for Nu Generation Studios, “Wining Good” blends soca, calypso and chutney sounds to create a genre-bending single that exploded over airwaves and playlists, during the recent 2014 Carnival season.First making a name for himself as part of the Roy Cape All Stars band, Olatunji has been successful with transitioning into a solo artist, and has accomplished the rare feat of crossing over genres – from calypso to soca to chutney – and even competed in this year’s Chuntey Soca Monarch competition, making it all the way to the finals.With “Wining Good” now part of his flourishing catalog, Olatunji is set to enjoy a fruitful year, as he takes his electrifying personality and diverse sounds to festivals and fans everywhere.
”Wining Good (Bharati Laraki)” by Olatunji is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
Soca vixen Chrystal “Buffy” Bellille is back after a hiatus from the entertainment industry with her brilliant new single “ManWa.” Produced by Optimus Productions TT and Junez Productions, “ManWa” is a classic, titillating Buffy tune that offers assistance to women who are having issues with keeping their male companions satisfied. It is her first release for the 2014 Carnival season, and both male and female fans embraced the spicy single, as Buffy continues her mass appeal to soca lovers across the board.The talented singer and songwriter is presently in the studio creating more hit singles to come. She is grateful to her longtime supporters for sticking by her side, after losing her voice a few years ago and being unable to record and perform for some time. “ManWa” marks her return to the spotlight as Buffy has made a full recovery and delivers her signature sounds, much to the delight of the soca industry and fans everywhere.“ManWa” by Buffy is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
TURN IT UP LOUD
Soca star Patrice Roberts brings the power of carnival with her new hit single “Turn It Up Loud.” Produced by Stadic Studio Productions, “Turn It Up Loud” is an up-tempo, heavy bass, power soca track that is bound to be an anthem for soca fans, year around.As a reigning Road March champion for her blockbuster hit “Band Of The Year” (back in 2006 alongside Machel Montano), Roberts is no stranger to spawning anthems for the road and playlists everywhere. “Turn It Up Loud” keeps her strong vocal delivery and high-energy performance alive for soca fans, until her next time turning it up…loud.“Turn It Up Loud,” by Patrice Roberts is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
LADIES TAKE OVER
The soul of soca comes alive on Umi Marcano’s latest single, “Ladies Take Over.” A sultry call for females to take the lead, “Ladies Take Over” is an upbeat, R&B single with elements of soca and dancehall, as Marcano even raps, along with his signature crooning style.Produced by Julian “Juelio” Nelson for Nu Generation Studios, “Ladies Take Over” is everything we come to expect from Umi Marcano – beautifully sung, sexy vocals laced over sizzling rhythms that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes and hit the town for a hot night out.“Ladies Take Over” by Umi Marcano is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
Soca diva Sanell Dempster brings the fun and excitement of soca music on her new single “Vibes.” Produced by Trinidad and Tobago-based Optimus Productions TT, “Vibes” is a solid soca offering that is guaranteed to get the party going.Sanell Dempster has been on the front lines of soca music for over two decades now and her talent and delivery bear testament to her defined skills and polished workmanship, as an entertainer. “Vibes” is yet another notch in her musical belt as this diva continues to deliver great music, for years to come.“Vibes” by Sanell Dempster is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
WIZ Records returns with the irreverent Divine Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on April 1, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell earned his stripes as a bass guitarist and those skills shine on this smooth and heartfelt reggae rhythm.The five-track compilation features Benjai with “Divine Order,” Emrand Henry with “Unconditional Love,” Dan Sylva with “Do You Remember,” Red Star Lion with “I Know” and the “Divine Riddim (Instrumental)” version from Mr. Roots.Hailing from Grenada, Mr. Roots continues to craft pristine rhythms, ranging from jab jab to calypso to soca, and now takes a triumphant turn with this beautiful reggae riff, ensuring that the sounds of WIZ Records carry across the Caribbean and to the rest of the world.
Divine Riddim by Various Artists will be available worldwide from all major digital retailers on April 1, 2014, with pre-order available now, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Benjai – Divine Order
2. Emrand Henry – Unconditional Love
3. Dan Sylva – Do You Remember
4. Red Star Lion – I know
5. Mr. Roots – Divine Riddim (Instrumental)
Trinidad-based Nu Generation Studios releases its tantalizing and timely soca compilation Carnival Riddim – Various Artists. Nu Generation Studios makes its international debut with this album by now having its music digitally distributed worldwide via FOX FUSE, thus keeping the wonderful sounds of Trinidad Carnival alive year round.Producer Julian “Juelio” Nelson is at the helm of Nu Generation Studios, which is based in Diego Martin, Trinidad, and is pleased to have his music now available to the international market. “I’ve accomplished a lot locally but it feels good to be finally recognized worldwide,” states Nelson.Carnival Riddim is exactly as its name suggests – a stimulating, groovy soca rhythm that excites, teases and oozes the very essence of Trinidad Carnival. It boasts five (5) sizzling singles that include KES with “Spirit,” Blaxx with “Hooray,” Olatunji with “What We Know,” JW & Blaze with “Somebody” and Nikita Browne with “Without You.” Nu Generation’s productions can be interpreted as being crossed-cultured, as Nelson actively experiments with blending vibes from the different cultures around the world to craft his own unique sound.
Carnival Riddim by Various Artists will be available worldwide from all major digital retailers on April 1, 2014, with pre-order available now, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. KES – Spirit
2. Blaxx – Hooray
3. Olatunji – What We Know
4. JW & Blaze – Somebody
5. Nikita Browne – Without You
Rising conscious reggae sensation Xtr3me proves his undeniable vocal talent and profound lyrical skills on his debut studio effort Vintage 21: Ancient Tradition. Hailing from St. Catherine, Jamaica, Dwayne “Xtr3me” Nelson discovered his passion for music at a very young age, and has matured into a socially-conscious reggae artist through the years. He embodies the teachings of the Rastafarian faith with each selection on this album, which all bear testament to its title by presenting ancient traditions to modern day, reggae music fans.
Describing his style as roots reggae mixed with modern reggae, Xtr3me reveals that reggae music brought him insight that no other genre had given him, and his quest for identity finally bared fruit. Such insight is obvious on all eight (8) tracks of his debut album, which were all penned by this prolific and talented singer/songwriter. The album was produced by the Kimichi Records duo of Hanif Chito and Giovanni Smith, alongside Lamar Thompson of AudioTraxx Production.
Citing musical influences such as reggae greats Gregory Isaacs, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Sizzla, Mutabaruka, Beres Hammond and Dennis Brown, the young Rastafarian singer is focused on bringing heartfelt, meaningful music from the very roots of the genre. With his debut album now in hand, he is on the precipice of becoming a household name to reggae music lovers everywhere.
Vintage 21: Ancient Tradition by Xtr3me is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. What About Justice
2. Hard Ears
3. Natty Youth (Reggae Child)
4. Selassie SoulJah Featuring Ras-I-Ota and Roiall
5. Brighter Day
6. Island in the Sun
7. Happy Am Alive
8. Idiot Style
1st Klase Records:
KAISO JAM RIDDIM
Trinidadian hit-house 1st Klase Records ignited the Carnival 2014 season and Trinidadian music overall, with the release of its brand new ”Kaiso Jam Riddim.” The first of its kind, instrumental only, soca-meets-EDM fusion single is now available worldwide.Producer Klase Gonzales, at the helm of 1st Klase Records, feels this unique release – an instrumental-only single – stands on its own merit, without the presence or need of vocals from an artist, as the sheer melody, beats and rhythm are suffice to carry it across platforms and borders.Starting out as a producer about eight years ago, Gonzales also added to his repertoire as a dancer in Machel Montano’s HD band. Through that, Gonzales toured the world and has truly experienced music on the world stage, while also creating his own label and translating those life experiences into composing his unique brand of soca. He is no longer a dancer, this year being his first year as a full-time music producer, and he has quickly become known for his eclectic, genre-bending productions, as is evident with ”Kaiso Jam Riddim.”
Gonzales has been steadily building his label and recently signed upcoming producer Taj ”FKR” Balthazar, who is still in training. Gonzales sees a lot of potential in the young producer and has taken him under his wing. In fact, Balthazar co-produced ”Kaiso Jam Riddim,” alongside Gonzales.
”Kaiso Jam Riddim” by 1st Klase Records is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
Trinidad-based Optimus Productions TT releases its electrifying soca compilation Optimus Riddim – Various Artists, bringing its unique island flavors to music lovers everywhere.Optimus Riddim is a zouk-style rhythm and Jesse John, who is at the helm of Optimus Productions TT, reveals the composition incorporates all Caribbean elements of soca. Soca star Benjai anchors the riddim with his breakout hit single “Dance,” Sexy Trisha tantalizes with “Duh Stop Meh,” Collis Duranty thrills with “Pave the Road with Love” and Asten Isaac excites with “Lean.” Eugene Bass played guitars for all the tracks alongside Jesse John on bass, and their talents shine on the instrumental version, which rounds out the 5-track album.Optimus Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Benjai – Dance
2. Sexy Trisha – Duh Stop Meh
3. Collis Duranty – Pave the Road with Love
4. Asten Isaac – Lean
5. Optimus Productions TT – Optimus Riddim (Instrumental)
Optimus Productions TT brings more soca hits on its aptly named iSoca Riddim. The four-track riddim compilation is short yet sweet and its groovy sounds are bound to tease and thrill soca lovers.Anchored by soca vixen Buffy on her provocative single, “Teaser,” the riddim also highlights Kerry John on his groovy tune “Push Back,” and Black Star on his party favorite “Fete,” and rounds out with the “iSoca Riddim (Instrumental)” by Optimus Productions TT.Optimus Productions TT was founded in 2013 and is based in Palmiste, San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago. Producer Jesse John creates all genres but his primary focus is electro, house and world music, and those influences can be heard incorporated into all his soca releases.
iSoca Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Buffy – Teaser
2. Kerry John – Push Back
3. Black Star – Fete
4. Optimus Productions TT – iSoca Riddim (Instrumental)
Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, of WIZ Records, pays homage to classic soca tunes with this retro composition, which introduces the new generation of soca fans to the roots of the genre.Boasting five singles and the instrumental version, the Vintage Riddim takes us back with Tallpree on “Jab Jab Nation,” Benjai on “Come Out To Play,” Ricardo Drue on “Tun Tun,” Pupa Leendi on “We Like It,” Ajamu on “African Jumbie,” and the “Vintage Riddim (Instrumental)” from Mr. Roots.The Vintage Riddim recently took center stage at Trinidad Carnival where Grenadian soca star Tallpree competed in the finals of the Groovy Soca Monarch competition (February 28, 2014), with his energetic “Jab Jab Nation.” Trinidadian thriller Benjai nabbed third place in the Road March competition on Carnival Tuesday (March 4, 2014), as he brought groovy sounds to that competition with his crowd favorite “Come Out To Play,” forever changing the formula for Road March anthems, which are typically power soca tunes.
Grenada-born Mr. Roots has been steadily crafting his catalog by fusing native jab jab sounds into his groovy and up-tempo melodies, and now with his foray into the past, brings yet another style of music for soca lovers everywhere to enjoy.
Vintage Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Tallpree – Jab Jab Nation
2. Benjai – Come Out To Play
3. Ricardo Drue – Tun Tun
4. Pupa Leendi – We Like It
5. Ajamu – African Jumbie
6. Mr. Roots – Vintage Riddim (Instrumental)
THE BUGGY RIDDIM
Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell raises the tempo with The Buggy Riddim. The power soca riddim will have you jumping and waving, and with three thrilling singles and the instrumental version, it is one to simply put on repeat.The WIZ Records production features soca stars Patrice Roberts with “Di Most,” Terra Kid with “Back So,” and Problem Child with “Buggy Ride,” and the electrifying compilation also brings “The Buggy Riddim” instrumental version from Mr. Roots.Hailing from Grenada, Mr. Roots samples the energetic, hardcore soca sounds from his homeland, and crafts a smooth yet vibrant riddim that is bound to find a permanent place on playlists everywhere, especially during carnival season.
The Buggy Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Patrice Roberts – Di Most
2. Terra Kid – Back So
3. Problem Child – Buggy Ride
4. Mr. Roots – The Buggy Riddim (Instrumental)
CHIPPIN JAB RIDDIM
Soca hit-house WIZ Records blazes into 2014 with its Chippin Jab Riddim. With Grenadian producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell at its helm, WIZ Records scores with the infectious riddim, which is loaded with five scintillating singles, along with the instrumental version.Just as its name suggests, Chippin Jab Riddim effortlessly fuses Grenada’s jab jab music style with groovy soca’s chipping tempo, thereby creating a unique up-tempo rhythm that is melodious and groovy at the same time. This pairing results in hits for all the artists that are featured, including Notorious with “Bang Di Bumper,” Terra Kid with “Set And Ready,” Pupa Leendi with “Sort Me Out,” Yankey Boy with “Pullover,” Rayzor RQB with “Soca, Rum & Gyal,” and rounds out with the “Chippin Jab Riddim” instrumental version from Mr. Roots.Producing music since 1998 for his Mr. Roots Productions, Mr. Roots is also a recording engineer and famed bassist, most known for playing bass in soca star Machel Montano’s HD Band. Now pulling from all his Caribbean roots – from Grenada to Trinidad to Brooklyn – the Chippin Jab Riddim arms revelers with the perfect soundtrack for their fetes and festivals, and earns WIZ Records another notch in its musical belt.
Chippin Jab Riddim by Various Artists is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, distributed by FOX FUSE.
1. Notorious – Bang Di Bumper
2. Terra Kid – Set And Ready
3. Pupa Leendi – Sort Me Out
4. Yankey Boy – Pullover
5. Rayzor RQB – Soca, Rum & Gyal
6. Mr. Roots – Chippin Jab Riddim (Instrumental)