Release Date: Jul 8, 2016
Record label: !K7
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Techno, Garage, Club/Dance
As Jackmaster, Jack Revill's creative trajectory has been the stuff of dance music lore. The story begins during his teenage employment at the world-renowned Rubadub record shop in his hometown of Glasgow. It was here, where Revill was supposedly paid in vinyl for his time, that his record spinning endeavors were initially launched. After an early residency at his own Monox techno night, Revill co-founded Numbers, his most enduring and ambitious project.
It's strange: a few weeks before it was in fact announced I was really hoping that Jackmaster would be asked to do a DJ-Kicks mix (the universe is finally listening to me). The man is still responsible for probably the best DJ set I've ever seen. As part of his residency at London club XOYO Jack Revill played an all-night set that flawlessly tied together the expected house and techno with Prince (lots of Prince), a brass band cover of Sean Paul and a fantastic use of The Arctic Monkeys 'Do I Wanna Know'.
Glaswegian DJ Jackmaster (a.k.a Jack Revill) is best known for his ability to traverse genres, decades, and moods in a few sweaty hours. In one set he might jump from Hudson Mohawke to Anthony Shakir to Prince; an extended house jam might morph into crisp techno; those 808s or 909s you’re hearing could be a crate digger’s treasure or a soon-to-be chart topper. With Jackmaster, the what’s next? and who’s that? are part of the adventure.
Glasgow-based Jackmaster (Jack Revill), co-founder of the well-regarded Numbers label and club night, followed up his 2011 FabricLive mix CD with an installment of !K7's lauded DJ-Kicks series. The FabricLive mix seemed to reflect his all-encompassing eclecticism for the sake of a smoothly flowing mix; his DJ-Kicks set is still eclectic, ranging from early-'90s Detroit techno obscurities to the types of U.K. bass bangers Numbers is known for releasing, but it has a much more seamless flow.
The last time I saw Jackmaster DJ he was in full-on party mode. Headlining the main stage at this year's Love International in Croatia on July 4, he played hits like Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know," DJ Rolando's "Knights Of The Jaguar" and Alan Braxe & Fred Falke's? "Running (Intro)." It was my final night at the festival, so my weary legs and battered spirit were in need of some easy fun, but I was expecting something else. In recent years, Jackmaster (AKA Jack Revill) has purposefully moved away from this style and towards something more refined.
Jackmaster 'DJ Kicks' (DJ Kicks)Co-founder of the Numbers night and label, Jackmaster still hasn’t released any solo stuff – practically unheard of in dance music. Yet his tune selection, Radio 1 shows and afterparty antics have made him one of the UK’s most in-demand DJs. Here, he’s clearly influenced by Detroit, Chicago and Glasgow, effortlessly taking in the soul diva sound of ‘Transient’ by Mr G, the jacking groove of Mike Dunn, the roots of Basic Channel, the dramatic stabs of Robert Hood and two tracks from RAD protégé Denis Sulta (the Jack VIP mix of ‘Dubelle Oh XX’ is stunning).