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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Shadow, a producer and performer from Trinidad & Tobago, and a tune that Ecléctico member Uri put on my radar a few weeks ago. The song has two versions: an original that was released in 1980 (which you're listening to today) and a remix (labeled as Version), which appears to be more popular on music streaming services and with DJs and collectors. The former is more intriguing to my ears and sounds direct from the streets of Port of Spain, just west of where Winston Bailey, aka Shadow, was born. (Both versions are available via most of the links below.)
You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to a short article about the song on DJ D-Mac's website. I've also included two extra links to listen to and learn more about Shadow.
"D'Hardest" by Shadow
1980 | Funky soca from Trinidad & Tobago
- Listen on Spotify
- Listen on Apple Music
- Listen on YouTube
- Listen on Tidal
- Listen on Amazon Music
- Not available on Pandora
- Not available on Soundcloud
- Listen on Deezer
- Listen and buy on Qobuz
- Buy and listen on Bandcamp
- Buy the 12-inch reissue on Mr. Bongo
“D’Hardest” by Trinidadian Soca legend Shadow is an anomaly in soca music. That is, if you can call it soca at all. From his 1980 EP, Wake Up, it’s a strange, experimental track fusing disco, electronics, violin (?!), and psychedelic synths. A lot of Trinidadian soca artists dabbled in experimental sounds, but this is truly some otherworldly craziness.