The daddy of Northeastern house music rolls out this week’s FACT mix.
Frankly, it’s just ridiculous that it’s taken this long for us to ask Jus-Ed to contribute to our series. We’ve long been huge admirers of both Ed’s own productions, and the music that he releases on his label Underground Quality – in fact, if there’s a US house label that regularly has us as in awe as UQ does, then it’s certainly not springing to mind this morning. We’d use a word like “flattened”, but it’s never a surprise when a great new Jus Ed 12″ hits shelves – they’re simply always on point.
Ed’s from Connecticut and proud, but his influence spreads throughout the Northeastern region of the United States – Underground Quality, as both a label and a series of parties, has been instrumental in helping bring through some of the region’s most loved DJs and producers in Levon Vincent, Fred ‘Black Jazz Consortium’ P and DJ Qu, not to mention that Nina Kraviz girl that the house world has been collectively losing its mind over for the last eighteen months or more .
Ed’s productions are often devastatingly simple: just a chunky drum loop, some well-timed samples and an uncanny level of tension, but there’s a magic to them that only someone with Edward McKeithen’s experience and talent can bring to the label. As a DJ, things are kept pretty similar: his FACT mix has a straight 4/4 beat, and mixing that’s nice and long, but never flashy. It’s all about the tunes and playing them in a way that makes sense. Keep it simple, stupid.
No tracklist on this one, so time for the spotters to put in some work in the comments section.
FACT mix 329 – Jus Ed (May ’12)