Belfast-based producer and outstanding export of the Irish underground scene jxck steps up to supply three heavy weapons for winter.
The Rough’ n’ Tough EP started life as a homage to the Jackin House genre with a rapid BPM beat structure being the foundation of each sound system stomper.
The artists’ signature punchy percussion and driving drums are the bonafide factor that make these tracks big room bombs. Speedy stabs further create a high-tempo energy which provides the listener with a heart-racing workout across the EP.
Old school influences throughout can be heard throughout the entire release, glueing the project together in a throwback vibe. Pumping and powerful, jxck delivers an EP which will have you hooked from the first spin.
Jack Watson (alias jxck) thinks of himself as producing artist first and a DJ second. His interest in crafting sounds started in his early teens when he became fascinated with electronic composition. As the years’ progress, his tunes became sharper and more complex as he delved into a sample-based production flow. He found being the studio allowed him to take a break from reality and he immensely enjoyed sharing his love for groovy beats with the world.
In 2018, he began to post a series of disco house edits which saw him become a prominent artist in a new wave of the Irish underground dance music producers. Each release garnered huge acclaim and racked up thousands of streams, propelling Jxck to online fame.
The following year a change in direction towards a heavier rave-influenced sound saw him releasing original cuts with the likes of illicit Dublin and Zone Focus.
In 2019, he began his bi-monthly residency slot at Secrets Nightclub. Jumping on the decks for nights like ReBoot and Stereo sessions saw him support the likes of Adryiano, Ejeca, Friend Within, KETTAMA, Shadow Child, and Mark Blair. Signing with Penthaus agency management, he later travelled to England and Austria for his first away gigs.
Like most producers in 2020, jxck returned to the studio due to an indefinite gig hiatus. Post-lockdown he self-released Neptune, which saw him explore a jazz-infused garage house sound.
This experimentation saw his passion for production rekindled, utilising the momentum to create a tech and jackin house hybrid triple-tracker; Rough’ n’ Tough EP.