LargeUp Premiere: Jus D x I-Octane – “Perform”

June 24, 2016

Words by Jesse Serwer

Part of a new wave of Barbados artists updating the island’s soca template with a more global sound and approach, Jus D dubs his take on the genre as โ€œFuture Soca.โ€ After unveiling the sound with his recent single โ€œGive It To Me,โ€ the up-and-coming Bajan singer connects with dancehall star I-Octane on โ€œPerform,โ€ a simmering fusion of soca, dancehall and pop in the vein of such crossover as Rupee’s โ€œTempted to Touch,โ€ Kevin Lyttle’s โ€œTurn Me Onโ€ and Collie Buddz’s โ€œMamacita.โ€

โ€œ’Give It To Me’ represents the uptempo side of Future Soca with its EDM, Dancehall and AfroBeats influences, while ‘Perform’ is in the vein of the sweet soca energy for which Barbados is famous,โ€ Jus D. explains. Adds I-Octane, โ€œMi nah lie, this song is going fa,r starting with Barbados’ Crop Over season.”

Stream โ€œPerformโ€ below, and look out for Jus D. in LargeUp’s upcoming Music of Barbados series.