Soca/EDM hybrid EP gives taste of great things to come
Electronic dance music (EDM) and Caribbean rhythms were made for each other. Major Lazer’s popular and critically well-received records and performances are evidence, along with singles by Bunji Garlin, his wife, Fay-Ann Lyons, and Machel Montano.
Jus Now, a DJ outfit in the vein of Major Lazer, has also become a key part of this increasingly successful relationship. They produced Garlin’s 2014 megahit Truck on D Road and released a successful collaboration with him and Stylo G last year, Tun Up.
Now the duo—made up of UK DJ Sam Interface and Trini DJ/producer Lazabeam—has released their first commercial collection, a five-song EP called Cyah Help It, that is receiving critical buzz.
“A lot of soca is very specifically Carnival-oriented, but what Sam and I, as well as a few other producers out there, are doing is making records that can appeal to a much wider demographic that have never been to Carnival before,” Lazabeam—real name Keshav Chandradath Singh—told music magazine The FADER.
“There are elements of Trinidad, Brazil, India, Africa, and of course the UK—(all) cultures we've been in close contact with over the last couple of years," he said.