Your bacchanal-as-hell Caribana 2014 Playlist is here

Lace up your Clarks and blast some of our favourite Caribbean music from the year so far.

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- Aug 1, 2014

Toronto Caribana (officially it's The Scotiabank Carnival, but yuck, right?) kicks off its Grand Parade tomorrow at Exhibition Place. For Caribbean communities all across North America, as well as hustlers with coolers full of $8 coconut water cans, it's one of the most anticipated events of the year.

But you don't want to get caught between parade floats without music. So we've selected some of our favourite tracks released this year from around the Caribbean to play during the downtime. Bring your portable speakers, your respective flag,  and throw these on.

Rayted, "Forward"

Rayted - Forward

Popcaan stole headlines with "Everything Nice," but this socially conscious track will better satisfy riddim purists. The Jamaican artist previously took his government to task on "Unfair," a massive local hit.

Mr. Killa, "Pepper Wine"

Mr Killa - Pepper Wine [Soca 2014]

Grenada's Mr. Killa has been a fixture at the International Soca Monarch competition, an annual showcase for musical talent from around the Caribbean. He placed 2nd this year with "Rolly Polly," and first place went to this next guy...

Machel Montano, "Ministry of Road"

Machel Montano - Ministry Of Road (M.O.R.) | Official Music Video | Soca 2014| Trinidad Carnival

If you're going to pay $70 for a concert in Mississauga this year, it should be for Trinidad's king of soca tomorrow night. He's sold out Madison Square Garden and has been generally running the culture for decades, both solo and with his group Xtatik. Also, how irresistible is a song that's about demanding more road to destroy with dancing?

Destra, "Mash Up"

Music Video - Destra - MASH UP "2014 Trinidad Soca" (Official Music Video) "HD"

The "Queen of Bacchanal" delivers. Calling a soca song urgent is redundant to the extreme, but the distorted subs on "Mash Up" drives the song to 11th Commandment territory. Thou shalt mash up erryting.

South Rakkas Crew feat. Beenie Man, "Wine Up Mi Gal"

One of Ontario's most globally recognized reggae crews, they've released songs with Diplo's Mad Decent and now team up with a dancehall giant for this cracking party anthem.

Alison Hinds, "Riders Pon De Attack"

"Soca Music" Alison Hinds - Riders Pon De Attack "2014 Crop Over" (Monstapiece, Zulu Riddim)

This Bajan artist might be to soca what Lady Saw is to dancehall, but without a triple platinum single.

Nutron, Reina & Shal Marshall, "Come Over"

Music Video - Come Over Feat. Nutron, Reina & Shal Marshall "OFFICIAL 2014 Soca Music" HD

This is perfect if you find yourself wining with someone you have long standing feelings for. It happens.

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