On the heels of headlining performances in SVG’s H2O Soca, Toronto for OVO Fest and Notting Hill Carnival in London, Soca star Bunji Garlin, born Ian Alvarez, has delivered his highly anticipated album “Turn Up” on VP Records, today September 1st. Featuring carnival anthems ‘Big Bad Soca’, ‘Take Over Town’ and “Climb.” The 17-song album encompasses the soul of Soca music and the pride and joy of carnival.

“Turn Up” comes just in time for the New York Carnival season as Bunji is set to headline Hot 97 NYC Radio’s annual Labor Day concert On Da Reggae and Soca Tip for the second year in a row. Garlin’s New York promotional schedule will include an appearance at The Apple Store in Williamsburg as part of their ‘Today at Apple’ series and a stop at Brooklyn Mirage with the successful Busshead Tour co-starring Machel Montano.

The album includes collaborations with hit making duo R City, (“Take Over Town”, “Carnival Today”) and reggae superstar Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley (“The Message”) among others. Contributing producers include Stadic Studio Productions, 1st Klase, and Jus Now. Totaling 17 tracks of solid listening, written primarily by Bunji Garlin.

“Turn Up” is the follow up to the 2014 album “Differentology” which featured the explosive single of the same name. Earning Bunji a number of firsts for a Soca artist including a feature on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and a Soul Train Award for Best International Performance. The New York Times stated “he assuredly moves soca into the now era…uproariously engaging.” Rolling Stone Magazine stated “Garlin’s (album) exemplifies what it means to be a differentologist…blends dancehall, EDM + Trap into his sound without ever seeming like he’s trying.”