After releasing the star-studded video for their new single Beatbox earlier this month, Jack Beats is gearing up to release the full three-track Beatbox EP on OWSLA on March 18. The EP features the Beatbox single alongside an extended edit by Big Mack and a second single entitled The Ill Shit.
When talking about the mentality behind the creation of the EP, the duo mentions:
Beatbox and The Ill Shit came into existence through experimenting in the studio with the single agenda of evolving our sound into a new form for 2014, but maintaining our original concept behind the project – forward thinking hybrid music.
Beatbox is a clear example of the two producers taking their established hybrid sound and creating a brilliant evolution. The track borrows heavily from their bouncy, bass sounds that they have become known for while adding in a few new that lean towards the reverberating garage sounds that we have seen coming out of the UK. The track is a terrific blend of styles and is a true testament to Jack Beats’ evolving hybrid sound. While the original mix of Beatbox is the clear star of the EP, the second single The Ill Shit (heard at the very end of the FABRICLIVE promo mix) is a terrific track in its own right. The track is extremely upbeat with drums that are constantly carrying things along and an alarm-like siren that keeps the intensity at a high level throughout.
Coinciding with the release of their new EP, Jack Beats has also completed a FABRICLIVE mix for the London-based club/label fabric. The duo has a longstanding relationship with the brand when they mention that “fabric encapsulates a vibe: in a way, it was our Studio 54 for a period”. They describe the mix as a “70 minute snapshot of their 2014 sonic landscape” and use it as a means to express where they are headed this year.
The mix includes a large number of Jack Beats tracks and remixes, including a special FABRICLIVE version of Beatbox and an eclectic group of remixes and tracks from Justin Martin, Taiki & Nulight, GTA, and several others. While it may not include all songs that they would normally play out at shows, “it’s a modern, upfront mix containing everything from tracks that are going off when we play them out, to tracks we love but we wouldn’t normally play in our set.”