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Ghislain Poirier

Soca Sound System

(Ninja Tune; US: 24 Feb 2009; UK: 26 Apr 2009)

The first in a planned series of 3 EPs culminating in a full-length Running High due at the end of the year, Soca Sound System is Ghislain Poirier’s take on soca. The Canadian DJ is well-known to readers of Discobelle and other dance-oriented music blogs, and is gaining a larger club following for his efficient electro, which is built for the club but often brings together the rhythms and menace of hip-hop. Here, Poirier shows just enough respect for his chosen genre—the tunes use soca as a clear take-off, but dress it up in shimmering electro with synths galore. The influence of Diplo is heavy here—you half expect MC Zulu to shoud “Mad Decent” over the stomping Carribean-drum track “Immigrant Visa”—and like that prominent producer, Poirier treads a fine line between weaving together influences and frank cannibalism. Still, “Wha-La-Leng”, all cacophonous aggression, and “Get Crazy”, with its “We Takin’ Over”-esque orchestral hits and martial beat, come out on the right side. You could wait for the full-length at the end of the year to enjoy these tracks, but you’d probably miss out on a heap of summer fun.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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