Welcome to the new 5 track EP entitled Round Here by Born On Road core member and badboy DJ Selecta J-Man. His last outing on the label, The Dancehall Extravaganza EP, received heavy rotation everywhere from Tokyo to Tijuana so it is safe to say there is eager anticipation surrounding this next exciting project.
Title track Round Here, voiced by the understated, underground artist Rider Shafique, effectively takes a rinsing Jungle sound and employs Drum & Bass discipline to produce a New School Jungle sound, as raw as it is tight. Round Here is the edgy, Ragga-tinged dancefloor destroyer that will keep you drawing for it again and again.
Taking the title track up another level is a world class music video from Bing Bong films that draws on some key emotions expressed in Round Here by transporting the viewer into a paranoid world of inner city life. This is not for the feint hearted but is certainly one for a big screen with a loud sound system.
Each of the other 4 tracks on the EP make their own bold statement and have their own individual draw. The Rodigan laced roller ‘Cuss Cuss’, the classic Funk hook of ‘Worldwide’, the moody and tearing ‘Bruk Out’, and finally the collaboration with FLeCK on an old school Jump up sound called ‘Drum Song’; they’re all soundboy killers and there’s definitely and defiantly no fillers.
The Born On Road family grow stronger and stronger by the day and Selecta J-Man is integral to the development of their sound. BoR HQ is a busy hub of producers and DJs pushing to further the modern Drum & Bass Jungle sound and J-Man ties this all together with his team: Aries, Kelvin 373, Gold Dubs and Stivs.
When Drum & Bass met Reggae it spawned a whole new field of interest for the new school of producers who were addicted to taking foundation Reggae music and marrying it with rolling Drum & Bass. It’s un-pretentious approach to reinventing the ideals of Reggae into something that the UK ravers could hold as theirs has shown once again that Drum & Bass will never die and Selecta J-Man is one of these producers who is working with the Reggae greats.
Never one to boast, Selecta J-Man has engineered studio sessions with Protoje, Solo Banton, Deadly Hunta, London Posse, YT, Charlie P, Junior Dangerous, Eva Lazarus and Gardna amongst a wealth of others so his dubplate collection is unrivalled in the scene. It was this recording flare that has allowed him and his label Born On Road to take the Glastonbury Sound Clash crown in 2017 from the jaws of the renowned Shadow Demon Coalition.
It’s fair to say that Selecta J-Man has been welcomed into the scene with open arms by a wealth of established artists, perhaps most importantly good friend Aries who has kept a steady workload throughout his career and was instrumental in bringing J-Man’s sound up to par and introducing him around the world of Junglists.
Selecta J-Man’s releases have centred around Born On Road with the common championed theme of Reggae and Drum & Bass – Cease and Sekkle EP being his biggest release to date – but we don’t forget his first releases on Run Tingz Recordings and also his remix duties for Boom Sound and Chopstick Dubplate.
With his consistently bright attitude to making great tunes that punch hard and his commanding presence behind a set of decks, Selecta J-Man is a Drum & Bass Junglist who is here to stay.