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First Listen: JT The Goon – ‘Oil On Ice (VIP Version 3)’ (Keysound Recordings)

A criminally overlooked producer until recent years, and early affiliate of east London’s revered Slew Dem Crew(along with Hyponik DJ of the year Spooky), JT The Goon has been making increasing noise since his return around 2012. Much of his previous work revolved around MCs, but recently his focus has been on crafting colourful instrumentals that have found themselves in constant rotation from DJs that orbit London’s Boxed club night.

Not to be lumped in with the often heavy-handed tag of instrumental grime, JT’s is a totally unpretentious sound, and one that sits right at the core of the genre. In fact, his coveted co-production, ‘Gunman Riddim’, popularised the Korg Triton synth’s “amsfeedbacklead” preset, a sound that has become as ubiquitous and symbolic as Wiley’s “eski click” and Musical Mob’s ‘Pulse X’ bass hit.

With a record on Slackk’s Sulk Imprint, work with Boylan and Dullah Beatz as Edgem, and an impressive debut album in the form of ‘King Triton’, released December on Oil Gang, JT’s been on top form lately, and he’s kicking off 2016 on Dusk + Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings with the ‘Oil On Ice’ EP.

The EP’s title track first appeared on a guest slot from Rabit on the Keysound Rinse FM show in late 2013, it remained unreleased, and after a back and forth with Blackdown over the years, it found a home. JT produced three VIPs for the label, and we’re giving you ‘VIP Version 3’ before release on January 22. ‘VIP 3’ slows down the original from a direct 140 bpm assault into a cosmic 130 roller; an affecting dance floor piece that’ll  slot right into the sets of Dusk + Blackdown, and other UK DJs that operate around that tempo.

‘Oil On Ice’ is out January 22 on Keysound. Pre-order here.