Jus Now – Bare Wine / Vodou Riddim (GF007) – Review

The legendary Interface and his Trinidadian counterpart LAZAbeam, otherwise known together as Jus Now, return with their second offering on the ever-ascending Gutterfunk Records. After the summer smash ‘Tun Up’ from the One Time EP, which saw plays and rewinds around the world from the likes of David Rodigan, Shy FX, Redlight and Baauer to name just a few, they bounce back with two of their finest grooves yet.

They have kicked up a hype amongst Radio 1 and 1Xtra listeners with Zane Lowe and Mistajam routintely bumping their sound over the waves. Jus Now are quickly gaining momentum due to their unique electronic crossover with carnival, dancehall and soca music, and this release certifies that punctually.

Bare Wine (feat. Swappi)

This one is complete vibes galore, the sampling of Swappi’s vocals blesses the track’s rhythmic Caribbean flavour impeccably. The chanting reiteration of; “Drop your batty to the ground then pick it up!”, plays over the intro as it pumps with bongos and epic horns into a mightily percussive ‘riddim’.
‘Bare Wine’ balances the fusion amicably between the Trinidad-inspired tropical musicality, and the strong bass energy that the Bristol scene is renowned for. Continuing on from ‘Tun Up’ with another ground-breaking anthem, this tune is likely to be heard on all DJ circuits right through into next summer and beyond.

Vodou Riddim

Taking it back to a more intricate and deeper approach with the B-side, this one is a sheer half-time and eyes-down piece. Opening with an alluring synth and sub hits, it rolls smoothly into a straight head-nodder, displaying the minimal tone of Jus Now’s production.
Before long the space between the kicks and snares are filled out, and the track morphs into a downright sub-heavy roller, lead by precisely placed carnival drums. The synth reintroduces itself as the song allows itself to smoothly wind down, wrapping the release up squarely with a subtle alternative to Jus Now’s usual party stompers.

Bare Wine / Vodou Riddim is available to pre-order now through the Gutterfunk website, due for release on 4th November.

Find more of Jus Now on SoundCloud and Facebook, as well as Interface and LAZAbeam on Twitter.

Originally written for UK Bass Music.

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