Justin Jay keeps the house market on its toes with triple-threat Dirtybird offering [EP Review]
Rather than simply dominate it, Justin Jay has owned the stripped back sound of underground house music in 2014. Compilation cuts and remixes for the Dirtybird master himself were not enough for the LA-based bass bruiser it seems, who primes yet further domination with perhaps his most diverse body of work for the label to date.
For an artist who could have easily bended under the pressures that come with pedestal stature on the modern house circuit, the Instincts EP is a celebration not only of where the genre has been, but just where Jay is taking it for the foreseeable future. From the stripped back sophistication and muted bass fundamentals of “Analysis,” to the more sinister and groovy demeanour of Jay and LA-peer PILO’s “Denial,” influences from across the board gather for one of the most comprehensive collections of ungroomed and bass-favoring club fuel to date. By the time the EP’s sluggish title-track has made with its infectious apex, Instincts stands as far more than another well-played card from a notorious underground imprint.
Fresh, funky and wholeheartedly indicative of Justin Jay’s unrivaled aptitude towards the genre, this is the kind of versatility that is going to keep the genre on ice for years to come, adding to an unprecedented spike the North American heavyweight’s output for 2014.