World-renowned UK future bass producer Joy O (formerly Joy Orbison), known for pushing the envelope with his productions as evidenced by releases like So Derobe, is back at it with the ethereal release that is Wade In/Jels. This guy’s been on fire lately, delivering quality production after production, and this two-sided vinyl proves itself to be on par with what we would expect from the enigmatic producer. It features two soul-grabbing singles, both so dynamic in sound and quality that it almost seems odd that they can be stored on a single record.
On the A-side, we have Wade In, a housey track with a bit of an experimental twist. The perfectly timed transitions of snares into kicks and the overarching aura of sophistication fill the song with swag. Perhaps the thing I most enjoy about this track is the superb utilization of minimalism. I haven’t heard a track use so much of so little in a long time and get away with it. As audaciously pleasing as Wade In was, Jels goes down as my personal favorite on this record. It’s much darker and more focused than its counterpart. Joy O really takes his time in purveying the shadowy overtones, and right around 2:30 things get quite sexy. I love everything about this song–the laser-like synth, creepy vocal sampling, and brilliant pacing that acts as the pacemaker of the beating heart that is Jels.