Event Review: Justin Jay at Lovelife’s White Hot Summer Party
It was a beautiful day for deep house at San Diego’s luxurious Palomar Hotel’s rooftop pool where Dirtybird’s rising young star Justin Jay rocked the decks alongside Droog and Jon Dadon at Lovelife’s White Hot Summer Party. The event kicked off early in the afternoon, hosting a gorgeous looking crowd who was dancing from the opening of the doors to the very last set, an overall six-hour affair. This was my first Lovelife event, so the stakes were high and were entirely well-met all thanks to the 21-year old producer who played one of the funkiest sets I’ve gotten down to in a long time.
For a pool party, I was intrigued to hear what kind of sounds would be played, especially with a set from someone like Justin Jay, who’s music production has taken all kinds of twists and turns this year. The recent release of his latest EP, “Instincts” differed from his usual tech-house style, which Billboard reviews as, ““Instincts,” is a thumping serving of fat funk bass, incisive hi-hats and squealing synthesizers, with a throwback vocal thrown atop for good measure.” Was he going to be able to get the crowd dancing at a pool party in the middle of the day with these darker and deeper feels? Or would he go back to playing something more relaxed and chilled out like, “Waves”?
It was definitely a pleasant surprise from one of Dirtybird’s own who played a well-thought and diverse two hour set filled with all sorts of good tracks. Playing some of his remixed tracks such as, “Turn Me Out” which the crowd absolutely loved as they were dancing along to the more deep house tunes, setting the mood just right. I even heard some unfamiliar, and possibly unreleased, Dirtybird funky tunes throughout his set which was like a breath of fresh air from the traditional deep house tracks that were played a majority of the time within his set.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the entire two hours of deep and tech house bliss that immersed from the decks that day, as his set accompanied a good balance of different genres with some new tracks thrown into the mix. All the tunes seemed to be well-received by the audience, and were surely appreciated that day. Justin himself seem to be enjoying himself as well, chatting with the audience and spinning with a big smile on his face, having just as much fun as the crowd – always a plus to see the DJ embracing the good vibes. Justin Jay has certainly convinced me that he can make a crowd dance and should be a top priority on your list of “must-sees” at HARD Summer in a few weeks.
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