Red Bull Music Academy | Jackmaster + Deadboy

Red Bull Music Academy | On the Floor

Jackmaster + Deadboy

Beauty Bar Chicago | 03.24.11

1444 W Chicago Ave | 10pm | $5

While it's been our charge to spread the word about the Red Bull Music Academy itself and this year's sessions in Tokyo, we've also had the pleasure of spotlighting a handful of Chicago events. Two weeks ago we joined forces with recent Planet Mu signees Chrissy Murderbot and DJ Spinn as well as Chicago musical force and Gramaphone Records proprietor Michael Serafini for a mini lecture series focusing on a few of the many colorful aspects of the Chicago music scene. This week, we're pleased to shed our music intellectualism altogether and tell you that we're throwing a rager tomorrow night.

Coming to us all the way from Glasgow, where a thriving bass music scene is taking dubstep—and dance music in general—into uncharted territory, the Numbers label and party crew is leading the charge with a new generation of talent. Some names you might recognize: Hudson Mohawke, Lazer Sword, Rustie, Roska, Untold, Jamie xx; all have worked with the label. One in particular, Jackmaster, was just voted breakthough U.K. DJ by DJ Magazine and was also handpicked by Fabric London to release the next FabricLive mix. He's also a cofounder of the Numbers label as well as Wireblock and Dress 2 Sweat. He's no slouch. No slouch indeed.

If there's an emerging talent to look out for, this dude is it. You can find more DJ mixes of this brother online than you can any actual biographical info. And we like that. He's letting the music do the talking. And when he speaks musically, he speaks volumes. House, techno, dubstep, funky, it's all in the conversation. Here's what DJ Mag had to say about him:

Not so long ago, DJs were roughly split into two camps. On one side you had the ‘entertainers’; grinning Fatboy Slim-aping goons armed with bags of digit-raising anthems and about as much sonic subtlety as a JCB. Camped firmly on the other, were the ‘serious’ DJs. Heads-down, holier-than-thou tune-spotters intent on indulging their most abstract tendencies on their mission to — whisper it — “educate the crowd.”

Of course, none of this matters to Glasgow’s Jackmaster, whose adrenaline-fuelled past-to-future sets have obliterated the education or entertainment argument once and for all. 

While weaker DJs struggle to do either, Jackmaster aka 24-year-old Jack Revill has consistently done both at dancefloors like his Numbers residency at London’s Fabric and Barcelona’s Sonar festival.

As happy dropping the latest mutant funky riddim from Ramadanman as he is some vintage Underground Resistance gear or even Prince’s ’80s funk jams, his sets have managed to segue Chez Damier’s classic Chicago grooves with the populist euphoria of Robin S’ ‘Show Me Love’ without surrendering a shred of uber-cool credibility.

Nuff said. Now listen:

  #001 From Paris to Baltimore via Detroit (Mixed by Jackmaster) by Numbers

Deadboy makes R&B the way only a man growing up in the rain-soaked Britain could. Mixing dubstep, funky and a heartfelt melancholy reminiscent of trip-hop or early Detroit techno, his work is emotive, moving and, somehow, still fire for the right dance floor. He only has a handful of releases to his name, but eyes are on him and he's no shortage of upcoming material to look forward to. Peep his recent remix of Jamie Woon and Burial's "Night Air":

#39 Jamie Woon - Night Air (Deadboy Remix) by Numbers

and here's a DJ mix he did for XLR8R Magazine last year: Deadboy | XLR8R

Hope to see you On the Floor tomorrow!



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