‘West Country gent’ Jabru has been kicking up a small storm since his dazzling sun-drenched banger ‘Church’ appeared on Will Saul’s edition of the famed DJ Kicks series last year. The rich, bumping House number that features South London crooner Joel Culpepper is due to see a repackaged release by DJ Kicks on 29 June. It includes a dark and dirty remix of the original by Garage pioneer Zed Bias, alongside a Will Saul and Komon collaboration – ‘Two For One’.
Earlier this month Jabru dropped ‘Little Fire Dubs’ via London’s Losing Suki imprint, a collection of Dub imbued dance floor rollers that also pull elements from House, Techno and UK Garage. It’s considerably more brooding than the sounds on ‘Church’, with Jabru implementing heaps of tape delay, grainy reverb and lo-fi fuzz. Where the previously mentioned track is best suited for rooftop sunsets, this EP fits a dark, sweaty underground club at 4am. It’s an impressive collection of primal late night sounds and is testament to why he’s received continued support from Huxley, Futureboogie and Joker as well as being called upon to DJ by Hyperdub, Solid Steel and Rinse FM.
Following the EP’s release on May 11 and ahead of the DJ Kicks record, we have Jabru on Hyp mix duty this week for a lesson in the left-leaning club sounds he’s been spinning in recent sets. A number of Jabru’s own tracks make an appearance alongside jarringly robotic Techno cuts from human-canine duo Rex The Dog and classic 90s House in the form of ‘The Way’ by British legends Global Communication. Jabru painlessly connects the old and new of UK club culture, where a recent remix of Maribou State by Aus Music affiliate Tom Demac can exist seamlessly alongside early heavyweight Jungle from pioneer Studio Pressure. Press play on the mix below…
‘Little Fire Dubs’ is out now on Losing Suki, buy it here. ‘Church / Two For One’ is out 29 June via DJ Kicks.
1. Fifty Five Fathoms – Big Sur Sunset (Jabru Vs. Slugrave Remix) (White)
2. Jabru – Bin Juice Rhythm (Losing Suki)
3. Rex The Dog – Sicko (Kompakt)
4. Global Communication – The Way (Secret Ingredients Mix) (Dedicated)
5. Jabru – Jay Walk ft. Tk-421 (White)
6. Leftfield – Not Forgotten (Outer Rhythm)
7. Howling – Stole The Night (Midland Remix) (Monkeytown Records)
8. Last Magpie – Slivver (Hypercolour)
9. Satoshi Tomiie – 0184 (DJ Sneak Dubby Beats Mix) (Abstract Achitecture)
10. Jabru – Church ft. Joel Culpepper (Zed Bias Remix) (!K7/DJ Kicks)
11. Maribou State – The Clown (Tom Demac Remix) (Ninja Tune)
12. Hackman – Semibreves (Epiphylogenetically Enumerated Reset by KiNK) (Halocyan)
13. ??? – ??? (White)
14. Radioslave – I Don’t Need A Cure For This (Kenny Larkin Remix) (Rekids)
15. Dee Patten – Who’s The Badman? (Higher Ground)
16. Studio Pressure – Book Of Changes (Photek)
17. Jabru – Warm Dayz (White)