Sep 02, 2014
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Posts tagged: Maestro

Large Up Interview: Jus Now Are Taking Soca Back to The Future

Words by Marcha M. Johnson, Photos by Arnaldo James— jus-now-sam-lazabeam-2

Amidst the surge of soca tunes released for this year’s Trinidad Carnival, you may have noticed, on tracks such as Bunji Garlin’s “Truck on D Road” and Machel Montano’s “Junction,” the emergence of a fresh yet nostalgic sound that immediately commands your attention with signature percussion and authoritative bass. If you were paying attention, you might have even sampled a bit of this phenomenon last year when Bunji Garlin released the song “Savage.” We decided it was time to unmask the masterminds behind this new evolution in soca: Trinidad’s Keshav Singh aka LAZABeam and the UK’s Sam “Interface” Chadburn, collectively known as Jus Now.

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Audio: Stream Bunji Garlin’s “Savage”

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Bunji Garlin isn’t one of these uptown soca artists who rides in to Carnival on a high horse. No, on his new groovy tune “Savage,” Trinidad’s most rugged-voiced soca warrior emphatically labels himself and his crew, “anti-stoosh.” They’re so not stoosh that folks claim they’re from de bush, Garlin continues on the tune, produced by British-Trini production team Jus Now using a sample of “Savage” by Trini calypsonian Maestro.

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