Anatomy of :: Jamie Jones

Words by: Ben Raven
Posted: 16/2/18 15:49

Everyone has at least one big tune in them. But as Jamie Jones has demonstrated time and again in his career, the greats just keep on delivering. From the fledgeling east London warehouse scene of the early 00's, powering through the ranks via Circoloco then the Hot Creations / Hot Natured era and followed by Paradise and now a Sin City residency, Jamie has delivered again and again. We select the ten landmark tracks that define one of dance music's most brightly burning flames of recent years. 

 

Amazon. 2006.

If you’ve never tried ketamine but want a taste for what it must be like, this murky K submarine will plunge you into a similar headspace. Jones has his own personal brand of the French connection to thank for hooking up his first release, which landed on Dan Ghenacia and David Duriez’s Freak’n’Chic label. Jones met Ghenacia and Freak N Chic staple Dyed Soundorom on the terrace of DC10 in the early 2000s, long before he was famous and both tracks had the hallmarks of his sound - trippy synths and bumping bass - locked down from the off.  

The Capsule. 2006.

Anyone hanging out in Jamie Jones’ circle of friends in the mid 2000s knows all about the capsules that inspired this particular early track from 2006. Featuring Jones on pitched down vocals, whilst some of his early tracks sound like a producer still finding his feet, ‘The Capsule’ hit the mark and had just the right balance of funk and abstract trippiness to give you a fairly good impression of what was going on at one of his crew’s infamous afterparties back in the day.


Summertime. 2009

The lead track from Jamie’s first album was one of the biggest club hits of the year in 2009 and marked a breakout year for Jones. It featured Norwegian duo Ost & Kjex on vocals, set over menacing strings and a trademark jittery bassline. Although Jones seemed indelibly linked with Crosstown Rebels at the time, the album was to be his last solo release for Damian Lazarus' label before embarking on his own voyage with Hot Creations.  

 

Ruckus. 2010

The very first release on Hot Creations featured a sample of J.B. Smoove aka Curb Your Enthusiasm Leon’s legendary ‘ruckus to the ladies’ sketch from the classic US series. As far as statements of intent go, it summed up the feel good after-party in the sun vibe that the label would go on to use as its brand USP, juxtaposing disco samples with a filthy bassline that pops up halfway through to drive the rave crew hard.

 

Azari & III’s 'Hungry for the Power' (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix). 2011.

If you hadn’t heard of Jamie Jones prior to May 2011, by the time this incendiary rollercoaster of a remix tore through dance music, like a force of nature, the Welshman was inescapable. It was THE tune of the summer in Ibiza that year and set in motion his ascendance into the DJ world’s very biggest leagues. It’s easy to forget that the remix package for Turbo featured some formidable heavy hitters for the Beatport masses in Guy Gerber and Art Department, but Jones’ mix left them firmly in the rear view mirror.

 

Hot Natured ‘Benediction.’ 2013.

Dance music supergroups are a rarity. When they do pop up, they inevitably prove tricky to maintain as the logistics of touring and fees come into play (why split your loot four ways when you can gig as a solo DJ and keep the lot?).

Sadly this particular supergroup of Jones, vocalist Ali Love, gifted instrumentalist Luca C and Hot Creations co-founder Lee Foss never made it much further than a debut album. But as brief moments in the sun go, Hot Natured’s was a supernova, even hitting the UK’s Top 40 single chart and allowing all four to fulfil their dreams of playing festival main stages in a live band.

 

Hot Natured ‘Forward Motion.' 2013.

Another interstellar pop song from Jones’ supergroup in 2013. Its criminal to think neither of the band’s biggest hits ever fully crossed over. Perhaps it was a case of being a little too ahead of their time? Or not running with a major label? Or not being EDM enough for the times? Perhaps it's time for a second attempt.

Flash (Jamie Jones Remix). 2014.

A staple of Jones sets around 2014, once a bomb track like this rips through dance music, it’s easy to forget the pressure that goes with remixing one of your all-time favourite tracks. That’s the position Jones found himself in, tackling the Green Velvet remix. Rather take the easy option of a safe soundalike, he stuck to his sound, slowed the BPMs and dropped the track into JJ afterparty mode.

 

Tourist Trap (Jamie Jones ‘For Ryan’ Remix). 2015.

P Diddy’s dalliances with dance music were a very tiring feature of the first part of the decade. Constantly tipped as the star who would finally pluck dance music in the US out of the underground and preach it to the masses (that accolade actually went to EDM in general), his collabs more often than not withered into nothing, leaving whichever of the buzz producers he chose to work with at the time, wondering what to do with the music. Guy Gerber’s turn at the Diddy wheel ended up being released  on his label and thankfully he had the presence of mind to get his friend Jamie on remix duties. The result was a hands in the air, E moment that was dedicated to a friend of Jones who tragically died in a swimming accident in Ibiza earlier that year.

 

Sound of Music feat. Katy B. 2018.

How do you mark 100 releases on your label? Well, for starters, the boss naturally takes the reins. It had to involve something special so Jones dug into his early raver roots. “the original is a drum and bass song and I wanted to make a house version so the first version of the song was created as just a way to play out the melody I liked from the original in one of my sets,” says Jones. “The problem with the vocal from the original was it was obviously sampled in the 90s and back then vocals speeded up so they sound kind of like a chipmunk so I decided to bring in Katy B to revocal the song.”

To read a 2010 Ibiza Voice interview with Jamie Jones, click here. 


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