It is music made to be danced to and unless you were born without a sexual hormone in your body, or you believe that rhythm is the Devil’s voice in disguise, then you won’t be able to stop yourself from wanting to grab a member of the opposite sex, pull her close to you, or be pulled close to him, and get your groove on. DJ Meredith’s Caribbean Fever on BreakThru Radio will inspire even the most insipid killjoy to tap into his or her primitive inhibitions of ‘dance-as-mating-ritual’ and prep for a Saturday night of teasing through movement.
There is no debating that Caribbean music is the one flavor of sound capable of driving even the most numb soul back to life. It is pretty much impossible to not feel desire when listening to the tracks DJ Meredith features on her Saturday afternoon program. The show opens with a Caribbean operatic cry for necessity, “DJ Meredith, we neeeeeed you, yeah, yeah, yeah,” and then there is that voice—DJ Meredith’s vocal enticement—soothing and titillating, with a Staten Island meets Patois accent, as if Staten Island is a ferry ride away from St. Kitts rather than a borough of New York City.
When I tease her about not being able to hear enough of her voice during the show, she counters: “Hmmm, I don’t mic break a lot for that one, and I don’t prep them either. The show is more about the music—a blend of dancehall and reggae with an occasional soca track. I don’t like to do too much talking on that particular show. I’ll give up tour dates and minimal artist bio details and stuff like that, but that’s it. What else do you need (other) than the music?”
Kudos to BTR Program Director Chris Hatzis for featuring this show on Saturday afternoons. For anyone who has been to any of the trah-pee-CAL Islands south of Florida, you all know that Saturday dusk-mood which is unique to beach, ocean, sunset, umbrella cocktail, and hip-wrapped sarong.
Picture it: You have spent the day tanning and swimming, sipping on Piña Colada’s and staring at Cabana boys or Latino bikinis. Your siesta has ended and you are about to spend a night locked down in Cuba Librés and local tequila. You know you will be surrounded by locals who make So You Think You Can Dance look like a grade school talent assembly, all you need is “the hottest dancehall tracks with the dirtiest beats.” It is the perfect timing for such a show, because no matter where you are in the world, Saturday afternoon is like the calm before the storm.
At around the thirteen-minute mark of the show, DJ Meredith comes over the air and dares us to “heat up our Saturday a little more” with “some new fire,” dropping the “th” from rhythm and replacing it with the signature Patois “dd”—riddim. So much excitement ahead, so much dancing and sweating and grinding to do, Caribbean Fever is the perfect appetizer to your feast of rubbed sexual tension with complete strangers.
The focus of the show is “diversity and freshness” DJ Meredith explains. “The tracks come from all over the Caribbean, as well as Europe, America, and other countries around the world. I try to give a fusion of the different Caribbean genres while at the same time playing the newest tracks and riddims.”
Perhaps you tune into BTR from the Caribbean itself, or maybe you are somewhere else in the world and are getting ready to hit a Caribbean club on a Saturday night to shake your ass to the newest Gyptian or Demarco track. Either way, if riddim and flavor are your thing, and you believe music is an abstraction made for sexual energy and the expressing of desires, Caribbean Fever is the perfect Saturday program to prepare you for your non-stop, primal mating ritual.
Be sure to listen to Caribbean Fever on BreakThru Radio, you can click here to listen to the most recent episode and catch new editions Saturdays on BTR.
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– Kory French