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The first soca artist to crossover globally since Kevin Lyttle released "Turn Me On" in 2003, singer Bunji Garlin offers a much more rough and energetic take on the genre. Having collaborated with Busta Rhymes and been remixed by Major Lazer, his 2014 effort Differentology retains some of these pop influences with hip-hop beats and EDM production techniques scattered about. Album-opener "Red Light District" -- which begins "somebody give me a rhythm to activate the waistline on the feminine gender, NOW!" -- shuffles with an electro trap beat and features crystal clear production straight out of the R&B charts, while "Truck on D Road" appears here in its EDM-loving remix with rapper A$AP Ferg on board to add those dark hip-hop elements. Put a Major Lazer remix in the middle and this vibrant splash from the edge of dance is such twisted disco it could be on Diplo's label Mad Decent, but the base of the album is still party-time soca, with hyped-up highlights like "Touchless" offering the slang and insider spark so central to the dancehall-fast, salsa-bright, and Trinidad-born genre. Add the reggae-infused "Over the Hills" and the big, pre-Carnival anthem/title track and Differentology is a massive release, but jumbling the remixes into the album's regular track list is odd and redundant, and reveals that this isn't a tailored album but a catch-up compilation. That's fine, however, as Bunji has been on a roll as of late, racking up numerous soca hits while expanding the genre. He sees dance music as freedom and works James Brown-hard at delivering this message, while his combination of charisma and supreme leader stylings comes straight out of Paisley Park, even if Bunji is a much more gruff character than Prince. Filled with the tracks that made him Trinidad's Soca Monarch, plus a favorite among those who those who like to see the boundaries of pop music pushed, Differentology is a fine intro to this dynamic and vital artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2014
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888430987326
catalogNumber: 309873
Rank: 134085

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bunji Garlin   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Edwin Howell   Executive Producer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Deron D. James   Art Direction
Jason Farmer   Composer
Klase Gonzales   Composer
Dwain Antrobus   Composer
Keshav Singh   Producer
Ian Alvarez   Composer,Executive Producer
Darien Bailey   Composer,Producer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Kevin Marshall   Composer,Producer
Darold Ferguson   Composer
Keston Patrick   Composer,Producer
Sam Chadburn   Producer
Keron Thompson   Composer
Sheriff Mumbles   Producer
Paul "Jester" Jones   Composer,Producer

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