4peace, Miami, USA Jackin House. This week you’re going to discover what Matt PRUITT (aka 4peace of High Maintenance) likes and plays. My friend Nuno Endo did an interview of Matt so you’ll find lots of information about him here. Take time to discover the man, he’s a reference and has the good spirit of those who do things with passion and heart …
Here are few questions I asked him :
What is Electro Swing for you ?
Electro Swing to me “appears” to be a very contemporary modern movement that embraces and incorporates the music & culture from old swing & jazz. I’ve never attended an electro-swing event so I can’t say for sure. Hopefully that will change one day.
What is Jackin House for you ?
Gladly! Jackin House is without a doubt the most underground & under-appreciated style of house music particularly because so much of it is sample based. It’s been around since the early 90′s. It’s a very raw Chicago sound in origin. Producers like Paul Johnson, Stacy Kidd, Gene Farris, Sneak, Bad Boy Bill, DJ Rhythm, Derrick Carter, Cajmere, & Gant Garrard were some of the original Chicago cats that helped define the sound. It had more of a edge, energy, & attitude to it than regular house (which is what drove me to it) and the tempos tended to be a bit faster. Then in the mid 90′s a whole slew of French producers like Sebastien Leger, DJ Nekbath, DJ Falcon, Drexxel, Twin Pitch, Mike 303, Daft Punk, Cassius, etc…, who admired the Chicago cats, took that raw Chicago sound and added a whole new layer of production to it and evolved it. Many referred to it as Filtered Disco or Filtered French House. Lots of compression & filtering but the sampling aspect remained intact. Then in the late 90′s the sound came back to the states (the French sound ended up losing it’s edge and went more big room, electro, and tech) and was redefined by guys like Joey Youngman, Jason Hodges, Sound Republic, 1200 Warriors, James Curd, Derrick Carter, Sneak, Hector Moralez, Phil Weeks, & Mark Farina. It went through a phase were a lot of it was referred to as boompty for a bit (a term I think Derrick Carter applied to it but don’t hold me to that). There was even a close cousin for a minute called Fidget being pushed by Chicago guys like Santiago & Bushido, Sexual Chocolate, & James Amato but much like the French stuff it ended up moving too far toward the more electronic sounds, particularly Electro, and the connection was lost. In it’s current state, the purest form is a very uptempo (126-130 bpm) style with a lot of shuffle & skip in the percussion (borrowed from the garage styles of guys like Todd Edwards) with the trademark chopped disco/jazz/hip-hop/swing samples over the top. You also have producers like Inland Knights, Joshua Heath, Jonn Hawley, Wally Callerio, DJ Mes, Sonny Fodera, Scott Diaz, Lawnchair Generals, Natural Rhythm, Random Soul, Camouflage, etc… that are fusing elements of Jackin’ House with deeper & more traditional styles of House Music. Many of them doing it without the use of samples which is exciting and should help legitimize things further. The style has been growing with a huge influx of artists and labels since it’s inception and I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. Unlike other styles of House Jackin’ has much broader barriers and is much more free to experiment with it’s sound. Also, it doesn’t take itself as serious as other forms of House thus you don’t find that level of pretentiousness and ego that is so prevalent elsewhere. It’s a very close-knit community and everyone seems to genuinely like each other and help each other out. If you aren’t familiar with the sound, some newer producers worth checking out include JR From Dallas, Frankie J, Chemars, Wattie Green, Jackin Box, Scrubfish, Nate Laurence, Kid Enigma, & Jeremy Joshua. Jackin’ House = House Music with SWAGGER!!!
Here ya go! Lots of unreleased and just released goodies on here. The ones I marked unreleased are being heard for the very first time in this mix. Everything is on Cabbie! :) Hope ya dig!
French Electro Swing pioneer – DJ, producer, blogger. He’s the man behind electro-swing.com, an oracle or knowledge for the increasing number of Electro Swing fans globally.View all test incontrol posts.