Just Jack smashed into the music label business with a vengeance earlier this year, in the company of the Dutch duo Beesmunt Soundsystem. That EP could not have been met with a better reception among the DJs and music fans alike, with a friend mentioning that they heard the Amir Alexander remix of Close To You at the DC-10 opening party in Ibiza this year to huge cheers.
This latest release is a vast change from the first, with a more minimal approach from Mr. KS, one of a group of DJs making incredible music across the Channel in France. Entitled Da Season, this EP offers fans of Just Jack’s nights a great take-home imitation of the sort of sound we expect from their residents; a bassy but playful sort of house music with ounces of interest added to keep you wanting more. That’s been captured brilliantly in the sound of this release, with the addition of plenty of nonsensical vocals that sometimes detract from a piece, but here just keep on giving.
The (sort-of) title track Da Season El Saison has some brilliant rambling vocal part over the top of a rolling bassline, showing off KS’ ability to construct an awesome party vibe; something that was fully evident when he played at our afterparty for Love Saves The Day earlier this year. The second track, Un Dia En Eivissa (meaning A Day in Ibiza) attempts to encapsulate just that: a full day of beach partying with crowds of people; seductive, muttering Iberian voices; and the sounds of airport announcements for good measure. Throw that in with some great syncopated drums and you’ve got yourself a real soundtrack to a summer’s day.
Finishing off the EP is a remix of Da Season by the kings of the utmost weird and funky productions, The Mole and Hreno. The definition of losing yourself in music, this remix takes the original track and flips it over for a telling off. The original vocal floats in buckets of weird acid sounds which creates a completely different atmosphere to the original, but one that would suit the dark recesses of a club down to the ground. A vinyl-only acapella version of the vocal from the first track has been included, so expect those weird vocals to feature as DJ tools and in one or two remixes during the summer.
All-in-all, Just Jack and Mr. KS can be proud of what they’ve released here. It’s so aligned with the sound that they’ve been keeping us happily up-to-date with for years that there’s no way it won’t at least turn some heads. With Laurent Garnier pronouncing it one of his favourite tracks of the moment, it seems that task has already been achieved.
Da Season EP is available now from Juno. You can also listen Mr KS’s recent Stamp Mix below.