Judge Jules is one of the true legends and pioneers of the EDM scene–A DJ, a radio show host, a club promoter and a producer. The “Judge” title isn’t just a gimmick; Julius O’Riordan earned his law degree in 1987, but spent 25 years behind the decks before he announced he was off to become a music lawyer, for Sheridans no less. Yet like a retired racing driver who can’t just go from 200mph to sitting at home watching TV, it would seem the music bug bites just as hard–the career change was announced a year ago, and if anything the Judge’s musical exploits have ramped up a gear since.
His latest release, Phenomenology, is a mix of big room trance and electro house, building with a massive hook that almost betrays what is to follow as it drops into a crazy synth-fest–manic and fast paced, but with a groove that allows the melodic riff to return and build once again. On the flip side is Fibre, which follows a similar style, but is more reminiscent of the deeper side of melodic trance with moody plucks, a deep and growling bass, and drums which hint at hard dance. Both tracks show off Judge Jules’ ability to connect with his audience, taking elements from various genres and bring them right up to date in order to appeal to a wide range of EDM followers.
Phenomenology is out now on all download stores. Hopefully it won’t be the last we hear from the Judge before he swaps the headphones for a business suit in September.