We’ve been big fans of Jay ever since he first began releasing on Compost Black Label back in 2007. His style fuses modern house techniques with vintage synth vibes to create thoroughly emotive music that can work well across all the genres of 4×4 dance. Tending not to produce all out anthems he’s the master of the slow burner, gently building walls of sound and rhythm. A perfect example of this in action is his recent mix for RA which showcases a number of his recent and upcoming productions.
He’s kindly taken the time to talk us through some of his influences over the years and given us a fantastic edit of The Beloved’s ‘Sun Rising’ (Remember Orbital ‘Belfast’ kids?)
Here’s a little bit from Jay…
“I’ve chosen to write here about the records that I was buying in the years before I started releasing anything myself. I worked at Juno Records for a number of years starting in about 99 and was collecting quite a bit. After I started releasing my own stuff I was keen to get into doing live acts and my DJing took a back seat for a while but In the past couple of years I’ve been getting right back into it and on unpacking a load of previously stashed up vinyl have re-discovered some of my old favourites. A selection of 10 are below…”
There is a Moodyman version of this that is much more famous but for me this mix wins hands down. As far as I know it was only released on the F Comm ‘Live & Rare’ compilation and one other white (probably bootleg). I love the production of it, it sounds incredibly rough and vocal is so loud in the mix with no FX at all so it really cuts through when you play it out. A great builder too, there is a second bigger kick that doesn’t come in till about half way through the track and really lifts it as it gets deep in the second half. Also love the way the sample seems to go totally out of time in the break, club bomb basically.
I love the old Ballroom edits label for a few years back. Lovely downtempo ecletro disco track, ideal for ending a set or switching tempo’s with its Kenny G esq sax intro. I’m not sure if this is an edit or a straight re-release..did a bit of searching on Discogs but I can’t seem to find an original. Either way, it’s good basically.
As the name suggests this one is from back in 2000 and its one of the records that I’ve played continuously over the last 12 years. The drums really bump it on the club systems and 99.9% of the time it goes off like a pack of sausages in a hot car, something about it just works basically. The arrangement is also cool with the sample loop coming in the second half. Only thing is to mix out before the end as it does a “French Kiss” style slowdown.
I’m not sure what the story behind this is, what the original version was like, or maybe this is it? Either way this version one on Moxie number 6 is a great one to really lift a set by dropping in amongst some more stripped down stuff, it’s a bit of a cheese bomb so you have to pick the moment right. The sound of this record is just great, the live bass and synth together are killer.
By far my top record from the Yellow off-shoot Art Of Disco. I’ve been playing this for ages and actually never heard anyone else play it until last weekend funnily enough, when Cosmo Vitelli played it in Paris. The track has such a great mix down, as there is a lot going on but it still kicks out in the clubs with all the elements in tact.
I used to be into all the stuff from these two. This one is a full on vocal house number from “The Many Shades” album in 1999. Really love the feel of the backing track and although the vocal goes on a bit it’s a nice example of this sort of US house before it became known ‘funky house’.
I love the Kaos / DJ Kaos stuff. Doesn’t seem to release that much but there are a few of his tracks that I play all the time. This one was the closing track for his album on K7 in 2005, quite a departure from the rest of the album which has a much more live feel. Its been a regular in my box for ages and just recently I used it in my RA podcast.
Back to the States now and another one that’s been in the box on and off for the last 10 years or so. It sounds pretty rough at home production wise and the vocal is no doubt a bit on the cheesy side for some but it really comes into its own in the clubs.
I often include one Talking Heads track when talking about past influences, this version of “Burning Down The House” with a great extended outro is from a double 12” called Rare 12” mixes featuring just that. Not sure if these are all official or what but it’s a great release, also featured is Naive Melody with an extended intro that’s another one of my faves.
The A1 track from UR 01 always goes down a storm, produced by Jeff Mills amongst others quite a departure from what he’s known for now. Straight up and down good quality old fashioned house music basically.