Justin Jay spawns a three-headed beast with first release on Pets Recordings [EP Review]
Fans of Justin Jay know the Dirtybird talent for his groove-saturated, polished cuts that have skyrocketed him into the top tier of young house talents. On the brink of college graduation, the 21-year-old producer sees a world of open opportunities in front of him, and he intends to keep the thrusters at full capacity with his first release on Pets Recordings.
Although Claude VonStroke took Justin Jay under his wing early on, fellow label mates Catz ’n Dogz pulled the young producer in for the release of his fourth EP, Momentum, on their revered PETS imprint. Momentum comes in the form of a three-pronged composition that culminates Justin’s evolution from aspiring producer to underground spectacle. The inaugural track, “How I Knew,” features a sophisticated, coarse house offering that boasts Justin Jay’s production strengths in a refreshing light. The other two musical personalities of the EP, “Momentum” with Kill Frenzy and “You Give Me Butterflies,” establish the indefinite boundaries of this blossoming producer’s creative capacity. On one side, “Momentum” bustles ahead with battered bass patterns and clattering cymbals to manufacture a ghetto-induced atmosphere, while “You Give Me Butterflies” entrances fans in a hypnotic flurry of adolescent nostalgia.
To debate whether Momentum is Justin Jay’s magnum opus would be a never-ending conversation. The soaring producer continues to impress the industries most influential figures with every track he puts out, and with his name on multiple rosters of the underground’s most esteemed labels, it seems that this is just the beginning of one of house music’s most promising talents.