08 Apr Bodyjack x Venice Beach_Do Not Friday Mix 030
Bodyjack ( BodyJack – BodyTrax – UTTU / )
Since his debut EP on Hypercolour in late 2013, Bodyjack has been releasing a steady flow of proper heavyweight dancefloor cuts. His releases and remixes on UnknownTo The Unknown, his own Bodyjack and BodyTrax labels, and Jimmy Edgar’s Ultramajic have established him as one of the artists seriously rising up the UK scene in 2015
Who makes the club? The resident. The DJ who has apprenticed themselves to the audience, the groove, and the dancefloor – watching, learning, and testing, testing, testing … So when the resident starts making music, you hear the results of years of fine-tuned knowledge of what makes dancefloors jump – and an unparalleled knowledge of dance’s roots drawn on to create their first tracks.
Bodyjack is the latest of the residents to smash through. First appearing publically as a UK DMC mix champion scratch turntablist, eight years since of keeping-the-floor-bumping at seminal UK techno club Atomic Jam have soaked him in a block-rockin’ brew of techno, bass, house, garage, and Chicago. Several releases in, the DJ-focused tracks he’s precision designed are earning him a uniformly rapt reception with those take-no-prisoners DJs who know how to make people dance: Woolford to Jackmaster, Jimmy Edgar to KiNK, Bicep to Heidi.
His first two releases – his first on Hypercolour – were a smashes on RINSE and Radio1. That’s continued with releases and remixes on the super hot underground label Unknown to the Unknown and Ultramajic, plus BodyTrax, the “straight-up DJ tracks” vinyl label Bodyjack runs with Clone. There’s also committed reactions from DJs in every genre, all feeling Bodyjack’s sense of fun and precise deployment of contemporary dance influences: Adam Beyer, Alden Tyrell, Annie Mac, B Traits, Ben Klock, Derrick Carter, Erol Alkan, Gerd, L-Vis 1990, Loco Dice, Marco Carola, Maya Jane Coles, Monki, My Nu Leng, Night Slugs, Woolford, Tong, Randomer, Hawtin, Rolando, Seth Troxler, Truncate and more.
This year sees his next full release (the “Throwdown EP”), plus more on BodyTrax and a couple of key collaborations and remixes we can’t mention yet. It’s that combination of killer DJ chops, super effective production, pure hard graft, and – as Mixmag put it – “unfuckable-with rave monsters,” that will make Bodyjack one of the stars of 2015