Born on Road are backwithanotherundeniablyhugerelease, this time fronted by new school drum & bass producer Selecta J-Man. The figure is an integral part of the imprints sound and both the label, as well as its artists, have been steadily growing in profile over the last few years. It already boasts a heavyweight roster and catalogue of releases, with their ethos being strictly for the dancefloor. With raw talent and emerging names Born on Road have created a place for themselves within the wider world of dance music and their Bristol home has helped them build this vision. Exploring the musical boundaries across Dancehall, Bashment, Reggae, Hip Hop and Jungle, they perfectly encapsulate the city and Selecta J-Man is another example of this fact.
Alongside other key Born on Road players such as Aries, Kelvin 373, Gold Dubs and Stivs, Selecta J-Man has stood as a defining part of the label’s journey. Renowned for working with Reggae greats, Selecta J-man draws for his wealth of influences through his forthcoming ‘My Style’ EP. Redders joins Selecta J-Man for the EP’s title-track and it’s the perfectly medley of rinse-out vocals and growling bass notes. Then Rider Shafique is the next collaborator for ‘Sound Business’, which pushes the same club-orientated vibes. David Boomah is welcomed into the mix for ‘Stronger’, jumping between its stabs of bass and jumping breaks. Meanwhile, Selecta J-Man provides a standalone offering through ‘Kill Sound’. With sliced and diced segments and thumping kicks, this track stands out through its staggered drops and flipping beat patterns. It’s definitely another no-holds-barred offering from the artist.
Bringing the EP to a close is ‘Badboy’. It’s once again another rolling, weighty delivery from Selecta J-Man which explodes on impact. With its distorted vocals leading into each of its grinding breakdowns, it’s a full-on assault throughout. It pulls together another huge release for Born on Road. One which again solidifies Born on Road’s position, which has been fortified by the genre’s underground.
Selecta J Man comes correct with this amazing My Style EP out now on Born on Road. With huge basslines, crisp drums and phenomenal vocals from Redders, Rider Shafique and the one like David Boomah. There is no wondering why this release went straight to number 1 on Juno.
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