Boomkat Product Review:
Vintage Jersey club sauce on this “lost” 2011 mixtape salvaged by Finn’s 2 B Real label on cassette tapes that are near guaranteed to last longer than a streaming link. 42 tracks, 70 minutes from Jersey Club’s golden era, all produced by DJ R3LL & DJ Kiff and lost to the internet after major label takedown requests - newly mastered and issued by 2 B Real.
Jersey club has long been a diamanté-plated touchstone for Finn and Local Action, whose enthusiasm for the sound has nurtured its revived popularity. Rooted in the Baltimore club style from further down the eastern US seaboard, and with parallels in NYC ballroom, Miami bass, and Chicago juke - or even UK hardcore and UKG - Jersey club’s hybrid of hip hop/R&B and scudding house kick drums is pure party tackle, built ruff and rude to whip crowds to a frenzy. DJ R3ll & DJ Kiff’s flex is legendary and now secreted to tape after long thought lost.
Newark, Jersey’s core duo DJ R3LL & DJ Kiff lay it down with a trowel, stitching dozens of classic burners in a deadly sequence of bumping bass drum triplets gilded with pitched up R&B vox and melody and party-starting call-and-response choruses. The sound is self-evident, clearly made for popping corks at the Ba Da Bing or Club Karma on a weekend, but just as ripe for UK nippers spraying Blue WKD.
While the sound nowadays has mutated into forms of Jersey drill, this tape hails it right on the cusp of slapping EDM’s massive, hormone-injected ass, replete with flips of LFMAO, Drake and contemporary pop madeleines primed to give flashbacks to your wildest nights on M-CAT back in the day.