The “Viking of Soca” also known as Bunji Garlin is, set to release his newest album entitled Differentology via a joint venture between VP Records and RCA Records.
Bunji Garlin, known for his high-energy stage shows, lyrical confidence and eloquence, is both a composer and performer of soca and ragga soca. The latter is a blend of soca with dancehall music that he made his own during the start of his career in the late ‘90s. He has won the “Ragga Soca Monarch” competition in both 2000 and 2001, the Young King title in 2001, the coveted title of International Soca Monarch in 2002 and then reclaimed this title for three more years. Throughout his career, Garlin has released eight albums independently and two additional albums on VP Records, including Revelation (2002) and Global (2007).
The new album’s title track, “Differentology”, produced by Sheriff Mumbles in 2012, received critical praise across the board (2013 Soul Train Award and MTV Iggy Song of the Year), heavy rotation on Urban and Top 40 radio, exposure on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy show and airplay at NBA arenas (Barclays Center & Air Canada Centre) as well as NYC’s Golden Gloves Boxing tournament. Along with the original song, Major Lazer graces fans with a remix , which is also featured on the album and features an EDM fusion into the song.
Many of the album’s songs are full of dancehall and hip-hop influences, including “Touchless” and “Gi Dem Dey” (both produced by Trinidad’s Klase Gonzales of 1st Klase Productions). Garlin delivers his Trini-accented flow over the hip-hop track “West Indian Jungle” produced by Jason Farmer (whose credits include hits with Keyshia Cole, Estelle and Rihanna) and teams up with rapper A$AP Ferg on the Doc & Jes trap remix of his 2014 song “Truck On D Road.”
NPR, who describes his new album Differentology as “exceedingly danceable beats that fuse the island’s irresistible calypso with EDM and hip-hop, as well as the traditional East India bhangra,” are currently giving fans a chance to stream the album in its entirety for this week only.
You can check out the link right here at NPR First Listen HERE!
1.) Red Light District
2.) Carnival Tabanca
5.) Truck On D Road (Remix) feat. A$AP Ferg
6.) West Indian Jungle
8.) Differentology (Major Lazer Remix)
9.) Carnival Tabanca (Viking Remix)
10.) All O’Dem
12.) Over the Hills
13.) Gi Dem Dey