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One of the most talented Club music producers anywhere, Longbranch, New Jersey’s KAYY DRiZZ has been setting off dancefloors from Newark to London for the past few years, becoming one of the most sought after producers and DJs in the meantime. A member of the legendary Brick Bandits crew, KAYY DRiZZ has formulated an identity as one of the hardest working members of the Jersey club world, impressing via her tireless work ethic and anthemic originals and remixes. Rightfully known as the Jersey Club Queen, Drizz’s sets are live wire exhibition of the Jersey and Bmore sound past and present, drawing lines between classics from Rod Lee, DJ Technics, DJ Booman and recent hits from scene heavyweights DJ Sliink, Mike Gip and DJ Jayhood. The fact that Gip and Jayhood have become cult figures outside of Newark (and no longer or rarely make Club music) is testament to the genre’s success throughout the rest of the world and the external pressures heaped on the formerly insular Jersey sound.

These days, you can hear KAYY DRiZZ bangers like “Bang” and “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”, an insatiable Deborah Cox sampling, Nicki Minaj drop adorned track from 2015, in Los Angeles, London, Paris and Tokyo and considering the success of DRiZZ, UNIIQU3, Sliink and Nadus, as well as up-and-comers like DJ Tiga, DJ Albyy and DJ Cueheat, it’s hard not to see the world of Jersey club in a state of health at the moment. Of course there are ups and downs as far as the hype train and we know as well as anyone how short and fickle the attention span(s) of the dance music media are, but with DRiZZ energetically pushing Jersey bounce and institutions like Nadus’ Thread continuing to create a platform for young artists, there genuinely seems to be a tangible movement coming out of Newark and its surrounding cities. For her part, DRiZZ is seemingly tireless, stepping out from her solo work to provide vocals for DJ Problem’s “Skinny Girls” and to remix “Stoner Chick” with FIIN$$E.

Meanwhile, her two side, rab/club mix for Black Marble collective has been on repeat since arriving in April and today we’re overjoyed to bring you the KAYY DRiZZ Astral Plane mix. Taking the classics approach, DRiZZ went about a little astral projection and brought back tracks from Rod Lee, Debonair Samir, DJ Technics, Jayhood and more for this mix, peppering in a fair amount of Brick Bandits and her own drops to properly modernize timeless anthems like “Dance My Pain Away” and “Mr. Postman”. It’s a joy to run through Jersey and Bmore’s past in mix form and it’s hard to imagine anyone drawing the lines between Club music’s past and present quite like KAYY DRiZZ.

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One of the most pervasive criticisms of American club music is that it lacks a level of maturity. American grime and dubstep producers don’t respect the history of their respective genres. Ballroom and footwork are functional sounds produced to assist a dance and nothing more. Jersey club is a bed squeak sample and nothing else. We call bullshit. These criticisms have been rampant since Uncle Luke and Miami bass were demonized and, unfortunately, there will also be a semblance of racial rhetoric in these discussions. Former member of Westside Schmucks and current Atlanta resident Jay Murphy knows a thing or two about club music in America and has quietly positioned himself at a major axis point of a number of scenes and sounds.

These days, Murphy goes by Legion and reps crews like Brick Bandits, Tomahawk Chop and Freshmore. In the past, Murphy has dealt mainly in the mid-Atlantic sounds of ballroom, Jersey and Bmore, but under his Legion pseudonym, he has refined his sound is a gritty amalgam of both British and American sounds. As far as DJing goes, you would be hard pressed to find someone more voracious for dubs, exclusives and wonky bootlegs, resulting in a fun, unexpected result in all of his mix work. Legion’s Astral Plane mix touches on why American club music has to be taken seriously without coming off as presumptuous, marauding through 23 tracks from members of his own crews, as well as AP favorites like Grovestreet, DJ Milktray and Inkke. The mix is breakneck and angular, settling into an aggressive modus operandi early on and never letting up. Stream/download below and hit the jump for the full track list.

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After giving Yeezus’ “Send It Up” the club treatment last month, the Brick Bandits reppin’ and Philadelphia-based Nadus has contributed his impressive abilities to Travi$ Scott’s WondaGurl produced, and A$AP Ferg featuring “Uptown”. The original has been lighting up traps and trunks for for a minute now after it was originally released as part of Scott’s Owl Pharaohs tape, but it seems like Scott is on the verge of a major leap that will likely see his back catalogue exposed to far more attention. The track’s menacing, chord progression and creative use of a number of flows (from both Scott and Ferg) make it a perfect subject for Nadus’ rhythmic use of vocals as the synth work is virtually kept intact and used as a hypnotic base for a menagerie of vocal stabs. Word on the street is that Nadus will be releasing an EP through Belgian label Pelican Fly in the near future so if you’re not familiar with his expansive remix catalogue then get clickin’.