Justin Jay steps outside the box with “Time”, a mind-bending adventure through house, funk, and rock.
Justin Jay has long been a favorite of house music fans everywhere. Well known throughout the scene for his wild sets, shock of hair, and wide grin, he has earned a reputation for being one of those can’t-miss acts at every event he plays. With the release of “Time”, he continues to show his extraordinary growth as an artist, pulling in new influences like LCD Soundsystem and Pink Floyd while still staying true to qualities that made him so popular in the first place.
Beginning with a poignant, simple guitar melody played by Benny Bridges, the track immediately brings to mind those last golden moments of summer. It’s not long before it drops into a serious groove, with an assertive guitar line and percussion played by Henry Was. Justin Jay once again provides the vocals and lyrics for this track, showing off an even more impressive range than ever before.
The track itself is an aberration, but that is by no means a bad thing. It serves to underscore the depth and breadth of Justin Jay’s talents as a producer, singer, and songwriter. The tune starts off as an emotive, upbeat, house tune and eventually slides effortlessly into a trippy, psychedelic haze that conjures images of the iconic rock bands of the 1970’s. Then, almost as if it had never happened, it goes right back to where it all began – a clever, stylish twist that allows him to keep the listener right where he wants them.
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Justin revealed his inspiration for “Time”:
“When I was in 8th grade, I dropped by a music class to find some friends playing a cover of Reptillia by the Strokes. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and really wanted to join in but felt like I had nothing to bring to the table. I grew up playing classical piano and didn’t feel like a Mozart Sonata had a place in their rock band. In a way, that belief lead me to start making electronic music on the computer.
“Time” is a deep intersection between my love for making beats/sounds and my exploration of live music, jamming with my homies. So many parts of the song came about while Benny Bridges, Henry Was and I were hanging out, messing around, just having fun. When my bandmates and I get to perform “Time” live, I feel my inner-8th Grader realizing those childhood ambitions and it makes me really happy.”
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