It’s hard to describe in few words how far Justin Jay has come. With three EPs under his belt, a respected spot on Dirtybird Records, and appearances at the world’s most acclaimed festivals, Justin Jay has only moved upwards on his way up the deep house ladder. The USC producer only has half a semester left at his soon-to-be alma mater, but that will not stop him from releasing the freshest cuts of the underground. For his fourth EP Momentum, Justin Jay turns to Catz ’n Dogz to release the three track compilation on Pets Recordings.
Just earlier this month, Justin Jay gave us a taste of the EP with “You Give Me Butterflies” showing us that this release was going to be one full of surprises and illustrating a new dynamic to his productions. “Momentum” plays the B-side to “You Give Me Butterflies” as Justin Jay employs Kill Frenzy to help him strip away all signs of cheerfulness to produce a snarling bass heater. Finally, “How I Knew” brings us back to Justin Jay’s usual style with clean melodies and pristine vocal cuts. If he can do this all on top of getting good grades, we can only get excited for what’s to come from this young artist.
Momentum is out now on Pets Recordings and is available for download on Beatport.
In celebration of the release, Justin Jay gave his own words about the EP:
“How I Knew:”
I don’t have much to say about this one. I made it in my bedroom, and spent my fair share of late nights working on it pissing off my roommate who was trying to get rest for his midterms… (sorry Ulf!)
Producing “Momentum” with Kill Frenzy was a really cool learning experience for me. The idea for the song came together while Seb and I were kicking it on my living room couch playing weird sounds off of our laptop speakers, just having fun. When we sat down to properly produce the track, I kept on trying to add unnecessary ideas and overcomplicate the track. Sebastien helped me realize how simple an 8 minute song can be without getting boring – it’s all in the details, although that’s easier said than done. Finding the subtle changes that actually work was a long trial-and-error experience for me, but it was insanely gratifying once everything fell into place.
“You Give Me Butterflies”:
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.