Midlands-based Jay Newman comes to DJ SKT's label
Jay Newman turns the tech-house dial up to 'full' on this two-track release, which features a pair of full-on glitchy rollers that are not to be missed.
First up is Uncle Tom itself, which is quirky from the start, with a freaked-out percussion loop that builds via the addition of more crazy sounds until the bassline kicks in. Said bassline is swiftly followed by the vocal sample, which is in speech form, and which works a treat because it's as random as the track itself! He then uses the first two words cut-up and interspersed throughout the track, with various instrumental stabs and whoops a-plenty, and the result is really good.
The second track, Uno Dos Tres, starts with a swung drum pattern with open hi-hats, which is joined by a thumping kick and unusual snare hits which make it rhythmically intriguing from the off. Then there are panned vocal shouts, and the title of the track said every now and then in a Spanish accent. The whole track is aimed squarely at the dancefloor and will get the most jaded of clubbers up and grooving to its intoxicating, unconventional beat.
Make no mistake: this is tech-house at its rawest and most visceral, and is designed to make you want to dance. I can't pick a favourite... but I can recommend that you check both out at your earliest convenience!
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 16 February
Review Score: 8