Justin Jay is a name that has become synonymous with groovy house hits. Though, once upon a time, this now house luminary started while still in college when Dirtybird Records discovered him though their open demo submissions. This past Friday, Justin Jay give us a taste of the music he was working on throughout his sophomore and junior years in college. His new EP Dormroom Trax released through his record label Fantastic Voyage, and we haven’t been able to stop dancing since.
Fantastic Voyage is notable for promoting artists’ creativity, with a motto of promoting fun and freedom through music. From remixes of disco hits by Ardalan to tropical inspired tunes by Ulf Bonde, this EP has the perfect home among Fantastic Voyage’s discography.
“I was going through a time of taking things a little too seriously,” Justin wrote on Bampcamp. “It’s easy to be overly self critical when you’re trying to make music. For a little while, it started getting in the way. But once I took some time to ease up and just have fun with the process, these tracks started pouring out of me. They’re silly and goofy and will make you smile on the dance floor.”
It’s clear listening to all 3 tracks on the EP that Justin did exactly what he pleased while making these songs, and we could not be happier about it.
Slap It, the first track on the EP, kicks things off with a solid bass line accompanied by some disco sounding samples. The samples add a definite soul vibe to the track, while the synthesizer’s melody keeps things futuristic.
Cheese reminds us of late night house parties, with its simple melody and heavy kick. This caveman style track will have you grooving deep into the AM.
While the first two tracks’ simple melodies and heavy bass lines are characteristic of a Justin Jay house cut, Escape Velocity‘s vocals give the tune a disco feel that would get even your grandma moving and shaking. Although the vocals are taken from Nigerian singer and songwriter Korede Bello’s 2016 tune Do Like That, we are getting 80’s flashbacks throughout the whole song.
Fantastic Voyage is packed with releases that fill us with positivity, and Dormroom Trax definitely has us feeling that type of way. From Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage House Party Mix to this newest release, it’s refreshing to see a group of musicians putting out music that comes straight from the heart.
What’s your favorite release on Fantastic Voyage? What classic hit do you hope they remix next? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!