Review: Seen exhaling through pursed lips on the cover of his first album since From Bridgeport To Berlin - it seems as if DJ Jus-Ed is expressing something of what we're all going through in 2020. Somehow translated through this Der Jyon Album and Underground Quality's club ready MO, Jus-Ed creams it from the start with some soft and pumping 808s coming through sweet on album opener "Ahh Yup Always Tru". Dovetailing through uptempo electro in "Dry Your Eyes", deep turnt house in "One Sided Dream" to basslines made for bigger rooms in "Pick Your Self Up", it's a record full of hope and life even when it comes to pure house bliss of "So Sad". Find some minimal dub techno sessions in "Think Of The Past" and "Rythum Shit Day In Day Out" next to some harder EBM wares in "They Fucked Up", neo soul & lounge time to boot in "The Journey Was Good Right" with some renegade italo in "The Conversation" thrown in!
Review: The third and final part in Dial's compilation series brings together some well-known names and emerging producers. Tracey opens up the release with the dreamy, downtempo "Chapter 1", while on "Cuba", Lerosa delivers a fine, stripped back percussive track, underpinned by a throbbing bass. Anton Kubikov's "Night Road Blue" delivers the kind of mysterious, expansive techno that the label is best known for - with the added bonus of a rubbery double bass - and in contrast, Siamak Amidi brings the compilation down a weirder route with the woozy soundscapes and ticking percussion of "Kandoo", while DJ Jus-Ed impresses as always with the lithe claps and murky bass of "Synth Sex".
Review: Jus-Ed is one of those producers who never stops. Last year alone, he released three albums of previously unheard material. Here he returns to the EP format with The Lie, a fusion of his usual deep house fluidity and more robust, old skool elements, in three parts. The epic, near 10-minute "Part 1" impresses with its intricate percussion programming and subtle shifts, not to mention some decidedly bold stabs. "Part 2" strips back the groove and accentuates the 909 snares and claps, whilst adding some typically warm chords. Best of all, though, is "Part 3", which impresses with its restless hustle, cut-up samples, insatiable cymbals and jacking rhythm. It's still deep, but offers more instant gratification than the other two tracks put together.
UQ Exclusive Mix New Music For 2012 - 2013 (Dj Mix) - (1:01:58) 123 BPM
Review: The hardest working 50-year-old in house music is back, and you wont be surprised to learn this exclusive mix from Underground Quality chief Jus-Ed is pure class. Indulge in an hour's worth of sumptuous grooves, late night sorcery and much more besides that really showcases Ed's skills as a selector.