Antigua?s Newest Music Studio Establishes A Distinct Brand Of Soca Music

Pioneering music producers, Deejay Charlie and Hugo Augustine of MaddLabb Studios, have established a distinct brand of crossover soca music with their debut riddim, RAWSHUS. MaddLabb?s energetic 2009 Carnival which hit Antiguan airwaves since Monday July 20, 2009.

Deejay Charlie, the brainchild behind the RAWSHUS sound, sought to capture the raw energy and wildness of Antigua?s Carnival. In a reminiscent moment, the producer reflected, ?I wanted to revive the real bacchanal of Carnivals past. Of the days of Benjie?s lime on Redcliffe Street where Chickie carried the swing keeping the place hoppin? until the wee hours of the morning.? Inspired by the traditional music of iron bands, the veteran DJ and the first ever Heineken Green Synergy winner built a sound fusing the rhythms of iron, soca, steel pan and US southern urban vibrations known as crunk. Tracks featured on the riddim are Move by Mac Truc, Never Stop by Promise, Jump Up by Fucha Kid and Magical Bumper by Kenne Blessin.

MaddLabb is Antigua?s newest musical production house representing a collaboration between two of the country?s leading talents. Augustine, an accomplished musician formerly of Crush and Taxik Band fame, joined forces with the DJ in May 2009 to launch the studio. With a mission to revolutionise music productions in the region and to establish an internationally recognised Caribbean brand of music, the duo is determined to take Antigua?s 2009 Carnival by storm.

Revellers can expect pure RAWSHUS-ness from the MaddLabb scientists in the lead up to Antigua?s Carnival which culminates on Carnival Monday August 3 and Tuesday August 4, 2009. In the words of the DJ, ?U jus cah feel d riddim…u have 2 ride it!?

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  1. Really Good Tunes on this Riddim thus far, something for everyone, think the MaddLabb has found our first form of "Gangsta Soca" in Mac Truc's – Move, Promise has a wikid dance which goes along with his track, "Never Stop", Kenne Blessin real sweet track, Fucha Kid's – Jump Up, real good track, Esther Dyer's just released "No Sense" real road track and there's still more to come….


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