Mode FM and Beatboss legend J Beatz has consistently shown the grime scene how to make music that packs a serious punch. His use of space and powerful drum loops have earned him producer credits on some of grime’s more important songs in the past 5 years: from Capo Lee and Saf1’s 'Gyal from Brum' to Logan’s 'Wicked & Wile'. Always offering versatility, J’s latest EP features 5 tracks- each with their own unique mood and style.
‘Stu’ is a snare heavy showcase in simplicity of melodies. It’s a fast paced track that keeps things very subdued, very understated. In contrast, ‘Orchestral’ offers up a far bigger picture with ambitious strings and a real thud of bass so synonymous with J Beatz. ‘Estrella’, a slick, smooth but very dangerous beat that exudes tension around every corner. Starting off very dubby, ‘Throwback’ harks back to a dark garage feeling. Dancehall synths create pressure on the drop which sinks into a sub heavy shelling of artillery. Finishing off the EP is ‘Juggernaut’ with a collab from Portsmouth’s Audioslugs. The 8bit melodies give a nostalgic feel- beefed up with jarring bass hooks reminiscent of Beatboss co-legend Sware.