So this week will be another departure again. We getting some Carnival business in the Future Crab Studios and that’s a good thing but it also signifies that the season is here. As you may not know, even though I’m one of the hardest Trinidad rappers, I do enjoy soca and actually listen to it quite often i.e. not just around Carnival time. Machel dropped a new song called “Lip Service” recently so in light of that I think it’s appropriate to do a list of the best Machel songs. Ever.
Now a top ten list of Machel songs is an arduous undertaking. So imagine for a top five. Sigh. Machel has so many good songs that you can actually categorise them into subgenres; Machel edm soca songs, Machel songs with the word bumper it, road march winners, Machel songs featuring a female artiste, songs that he push for road march that he shouldn’t have, songs that he didn’t push for road march that he should have etc.
But nah, I not going to punk out. It’s going to be difficult but I’m up for the challenge and I’z a man standing by my list too. Who vex, vex. Feel free to comment, I doh mind the discussion. So here goes, in no particular order.
What more can really be said about this song? Iconic intro (yeah yeah yeah), one of the best guitar lines in a soca and one of the best bridges in a soca song. From the time this song was released, road march was a forgone conclusion. Up to that point we hadn’t heard anything like it really. It’s the start of the modern soca era, Machel’s first road march and the start of Machel’s still unbroken winning streak.
Have we ever heard a soca song with such a daring concept since? These days is rum, wuk, the road, bumper blah blah blah. In 1997 Machel introduced us to his music farm accompanied by an equally infectious music video. No drones or hd cameras to be found but there was maximum vibes and it was clear that the Xtatic Crew enjoyed filming the video almost as much as we enjoyed watching it. The melody lives on today encouraging young and old to see how low they can go. FYI this song was pressure on the knees of a tall man.
ONE MORE TIME
In Machel’s recently released movie “Bazodee”, Machel encourages the female lead to horn her Adonis-like husband. In one scene, he gets her to stay back and take a small wine with him to a song. Which song? This one of course. It’s a moment of perfection in a flawed but highly enjoyable film. It’s also a true testament to the greatness of this track. It perfectly encapsulates and eulogizes the art of requesting a wine and elevates it to near romance.
Sonically adventurous it wasn’t an instant knockout. But when it soaked in, like a good pepper sauce the melody was hard to shake. This is one that hits the spot in and out of the season.
LIKE A BOSS
This one will run for at least a decade for sure. The brass is epic and the chorus brings the vibe of an Intercol football match. This one was undeniable since it dropped.
Quite a few gems got left out, enough to open another Maraj jewellers actually. Mr Fete and The Fog are quintessential Machel. E.P.I.C. was a nice fusion and can fill a club dancefloor anytime. Toro caused people to literally mash up a fence in town. It was only overshadowed by Footsteps that year which I always thought was an inferior song (ducks big stone). Pretty Gyal is a classic – doesn’t know whether it wants to be a soca or dancehall in the best way possible with a chorus designed to get the ladies involved. I didn’t include “It’s Carnival” because that’s really Destra’s song but it’s easily one of the top 5 soca songs ever. Real Unity was perfection in fusion, a song adored by soca and chutney lovers alike. And the one that hurt me most, Powder Puff aka the greatest jouvert song ever made wasn’t on the list. It was between that and Haunted tbh.
So that’s my list. Next week I’ll be doing the top 5 Bunji. Educate you young n’s bout when the Viking was the Black Spaniard. Till then, Face out.