Soca superstar Bunji Garlin has put out hard-hitting hits for the past 15 years, but it wasn’t until last year he had a smashing one.
Differentology was produced by Sheriff Mumbles and originally released in 2012, and one year later it transcended the Caribbean carnival circuit. The track also received critical praise across the board – from 2013 Soul Train Award to MTV Iggy Song of the Year. It was also featured in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy show and received airplay at NBA arenas and NYC’s Golden Gloves Boxing tournament. Major Lazer’s electronic remix also fused Differentology in front of a new audience, an audience that had probably never heard of soca music.
Now comes an album of the same name, and it may have the same universal appeal as the title track. According to a press release the 13 track album is a fusion of soca, dancehall and hip-hop.
“I think a lot of great opportunities for soca to conquer new territories are going to come from this album,” says Bunji Garlin in a press release, and adds:
“So I couldn’t ask for a better situation to be in.”
The album drops on August 12, but already today it’s available for exclusive streaming via NPR First Listen. Check the album in its glorious entirety here.
Bunji Garlin, aka the Viking of Soca, is known for his energetic stage shows and vocal acrobatics. Born in Trinidad & Tobago he is international soca royalty and has won the Ragga Soca Monarch in 2000 and 2001. Throughout his long career he has released ten albums.