This year, our hometown hero and dirtybird protegé, Justin Jay, has been making strides in his burgeoning career with successful releases, like his Momentum EP on Pets Recordings, and his Coachella debut in The Do LaB over the weekend. After sitting on this sophomore dorm room-produced secret weapon, “Mind Games,” since the WMC Dirtybird BBQ party a couple of years ago, he’s finally releasing it via Annie Mac’s Free Music Monday. On the track, Justin Jay merges funk-infused elements with a punchy, evolving bassline, and shuffling percussion for a groove that oozes with feel-good vibes. With this release, his imminent USC graduation, and plans for touring in the UK and Europe in the coming months, Justin Jay is about to have an excellent summer.
Here are a few words about the song from Justin Jay himself, “I made Mind Games 2 years ago, during the spring of my Sophomore year in college. I wanted to make something that could bring funky, feel-good vibes to the Dirtybird BBQ party during WMC that year. This track ended up becoming a staple in my sets for the whole summer and it’s still a favorite among my homies at school. With college coming to an end and Annie Mac on board, it feels like perfect timing to give you guys this tried and tested secret weapon.”
Dirtybird’s young gun, Justin Jay, is moving up in the world as his debut Momentum EP on Catz ‘N Dogz’ trusted label, Pets Recordings, is finally out for all to enjoy. In the midst of his last semester at the University of Southern California, this gifted 21-year-old has been cranking out jam after jam in his bedroom, working alongside artists like Kill Frenzy. From deep, to tech, to carefree vibes, Justin’s 3-track Momentum EP shows how much he has matured over the last months, both personally and musically, and it’s excellent to see his musical sophistication shining through once again. Enjoy the EP below and pick it up on Beatport.
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The entire Dirtybirdcrew has had one hell of a year, but no one broke out as far as Justin Jay. This part-time USC student, part time bass slinging globetrotter claims the youngest spot on the San Francisco-based label’s roster. Shoulder to shoulder with big guns like Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Gorgon City, and more, Justin Jay has proven himself to be a force in bass music. Today, we all get a taste of his forthcoming 3-track Momentum EP that includes a collaboration with Kill Frenzy. The first single is a light, upbeat track called “You Give My Butterflies.” A painfully charming melody suited for the 100 acre woods bounces off of a skillfully crafted bass and synth arrangement. The track comes as a beautiful retort, following some more dark and gritty releases from Justin Jay. The Momentum EP is due out on Monday, March 16thvia Catz’ ‘N Dogz‘ Pets Recordings.
“As I’m finishing up an incredible last year of college, and getting to do all of these amazing things in music, it’s felt natural making happy, lighthearted songs that really capture my mood these days. I’ve spent a large part of the last year exploring darker sounds and textures. I definitely want to continue experimenting in that direction, but I wouldn’t want to neglect my goofy, cheerful side either. “You Give Me Butterflies” is a carefree day at the beach, spent with your friends, acting like 8 year-olds.” - Justin Jay
If you’ve had your ear to the electronic music floor this past year, you’re well aware that it’s the era of the Dirtybird. This tight knit crew of house/tech/disco madness has risen to the spotlight, and during this rise has brought us Justin Jay. This 21-year-old Los Angeles native already has an unbelievable discography and track record, and shows no signs of slowing. The video above is his hour-long set for Mixmag Los Angeles, and it’s just a taste of what he brings to the electronic arena.
One of our favorite dirtybirds, Justin Jay, is currently finishing his last semester at University of Southern California, but that isn’t stopping him from releasing outstanding productions. His latest effort is a brooding remix of Disciples’ hit record, “They Don’t Know,” that takes a dive into the shadowy realms of deep house that were never fully explored by this gifted 22-year-old, until now. With this remix release on February 22nd via Pete Tong’s FFRR imprint on top of a forthcoming EP on Catz ‘n Dogz’ Pets Recordings, major upcoming gigs like Holy Ship!, and more, Justin Jay is prepping for an enviable last semester and a massive 2015.
London based production trio Discipleshad one of the biggest records of 2014 on their hands with “They Don’t Know.” It’s jumpy bassline and smooth vocals found their way into DJ sets far and wide, and really hooked a lot of folks. There haven’t really been too many notable remixes of the tune until DirtybirddudeJustin Jaywent and made this magic. Practically unrecognizable from the original track, this remix features a darker side, with eerily pitched vocal samples and plucking synth work. Stream this heater below via it’s Annie Macpremiere.
Halloween came early for you kids, the yung dirty bird Justin Jay has gotta treat for you!
“Dirtybird’s 10 year anniversary is creepin up which is crazy. Can’t believe the label’s been doing its thing for 10-years. I wish I’d been in on it since I was 11, but I was getting down to jamz like this at the time so I can’t really complain. With Halloween coming up, this just had to happen….” – Justin Jay
The homie Justin Jay has been on the underground scene for years now, and he’s just entered his senior year of college. The classically trained producer explains the balance of work and school in this rad lil mini-documentary filmed in Los Angeles. Get to know the Dirtybird Records prodigy a little bit better in this short but informative vid from NHQ.
Following his HARD Summer performance over the weekend, Justin Jay drops his tech-house gem, “Bounce and Break,” for free download. Inspired by the hip-hop jams that he heard at his middle school dances, Justin created this tune that has taken on a life of its own, getting played out by his dirtybird label mates, our own Bones, and more. “Bounce and Break” is a quintessential party-starting track that packs a low-end punch, a halftime breakdown, and a catchy hook – all neatly packaged in a production worthy of your attention, and your hard drive space. Grab your free download here.
LA’s young gun, Justin Jay, is giving back to those who have supported him with the long-awaited release of “Bounce and Break,” the party-starting track that his fellow dirtybird, Claude VonStroke, opened his set with at last year’s HARD Summer. Justin has worked the original DJ Spinn sample into a tech-house jam with tribal rhythms, distorted synth lines, and a halftime breakdown. Catch Justin Jay live this Saturday from 3:05-4:05pm in the Pink Tent at HARD Summer, and stay tuned for the “Bounce and Break” release next week.