Body Beat (Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso 1979 - 98)
Killer comp with 17 obscure Soca B-side versions

Body Beat (Soca-Dub And Electronic Calypso 1979 - 98)


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“Superb collection that reveals a genre that’s fluid and has a no-borders attitude to influence.” - MOJO

17 obscure Soca B-side versions, dubs, instrumentals and edits as well as vocal tracks influenced by disco, boogie, house-music, soul and the more conscious lyrics of roots reggae. Owing as much to New York, Toronto and London as to the Caribbean cities of Port of Spain, Bridgetown and Kingstown this compilation traces the genre from its explosion in the late 1970s right up to the period just before contemporary soca became established around the end of the 1990s.

Compiled by Soundway Records label founder Miles Cleret and DJ/collector Jeremy Spellacey, Body Beat, as with many compilations on the label, explores the fringes of this often maligned (by outsiders) genre. Boiled down to the bare bones of the matter though: soca is party music.

Soca was originally a re-invention of Calypso music; a genre that in the 1970s was fast becoming usurped around the Caribbean by Jamaican reggae and American soul, funk and later disco. The originator of soca (or sokah as he called it), the calypsonian Lord Shorty, began experimenting and modernising on the formulation of calypso in the early 1970s. His first album featured a...  more

Compiled by Jeremy Spellacey & Miles Cleret
Liner Notes written by Miles Cleret
Mastering by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, London
Vinyl restoration by Neal Birnie at The Carvery, London
Front cover artwork by Lewis Heriz
Vinyl and CD layout by Meurig Rees



  • 1.Fighting Soldier
  • 2.Stand Up & Rock Your Body (Instrumental)
  • 3.Fire (extended Dub Edit)


  • 1.Body Beat
  • 2.Move It (Version)
  • 3.It's Alright


  • 1.I Want Your Love
  • 2.Hotter And Hotter (Dub Edit)
  • 3.D'Jab Jab Dance (Bad Lad Mix)


  • 1.S-O-C-A
  • 2.Liberation Train


  • 1.Zion Gates (Dub)
  • 2.Wild Indian Band
  • 3.Touch Music (Edit)


  • 1.Solid
  • 2.Last Days
  • 3.Jump To Calypso


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