As Westminster Quarters (you know, the doorbell song) opens Jayda G’s new DJ-Kicks set, I’m taken back to the new Visionist record. While Visionist used the melody to submerge us in a haunted fever dream, Jayda G promises us an uplifting summertime jam filled with sunshine, warm nights, and dance floors filled with sweat and smiles.
This record completely delivers on that promise.
In many ways, this is my favorite kind of dance record: a mix of classic and new tracks that sparkle with celebratory vocals, uplifting horns, and funky basslines. This is the kind of mix that frees your mind for an hour or so. Midway through the mix, the vibe shifts to more straightforward house, but from start to finish, this has the soul, spirit, and sex of all great deep house. (As an old school fan of deep house, I use the term in its old school way.)
My only complaint is the poor transitions between songs. That’s a basic skill and she definitely falls short on this set.
After one listen, I know I’m going to buy this and slide it on my shelf next to Gilles Peterson and Kerri Chandler and the Jay brothers. Based on this set, Jayda G absolutely deserves a spot amongst the greats.
Released May 14, 2021