R3LL Pays It Forward On New EP 'A Jerz Love Story'
Jersey Club innovator R3LL reinvents the sound once again on A JERZ Love Story EP. Through 4 glossy club productions, including collaborations with some of Jersey's finest talents (UNIIQU3, Rell Rock, Bleszt), R3LL pens a state-of-the-art homage to the music scene and state that raised him. Listen on Spotify/Apple/SoundCloud: http://smarturl.it/A-JERZ-LoveStory"With this EP, I wanted to take my fans deeper into the real world of Jersey Club; collaborating with artists from back home who are each pushing the sound to new levels," states R3LL. "Musically, this is the first time I've worked with rappers to really develop the lyricism and build out proper songs; Jersey Club doesn't always have to be about choppy vocals! I named the project A JERZ Love Story, because this is my love letter to Jersey Club; the sound that has taken me all over the world, and united people from all walks of life on the dance floor." A JERZ Love Story is R3LL's anticipated follow-up to 2016's Dim Mak EP Visions, on which he worked with producers from around the world (Norway's Autolaser, Spain's Alizzz, Japan's Banvox and HVNS) to give the genre an expansive international overhaul. Since then, R3LL has continued breaking down genre walls, bringing club sounds to Tomorrowland, MTV Wonderland, the Anime Expo, nightclubs across Asia and Certified, his self-produced and curated Jersey Club night in Los Angeles. With a growing list of supporters including The Fader, Complex, FACT, Boiler Room and BBC Radio 1, R3LL continues to prove why New Jersey's club music is one of today's most exciting and innovative genres to rally behind.
2. R3LL - Double Trouble (feat. Rell Rock)
3. R3LL - Ride Dat (feat. Uniiqu3)
4. R3LL - Back It Up (feat. Bleszt)
As one of the pioneers and breakout stars of Jersey Club, R3LL initially gained recognition for what Hypetrak called his "powerhouse catalogue of sophisticated remix work" across Disclosure's "Latch," Cashmere Cat's "Rice Rain (LuckyMe)", Lido's "Money (Pelican Fly)", Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo's "Signs (Ultra)" and Keys N Krates' "Your Love (Dim Mak)."
The inaugural release on the Brick Bandits label, Directions boldly showcased solid Jersey Club tracks alongside exciting collaborations with artists such as Sinden, where Jersey Club came face-to-face with Bass and House for the very first time.
Releases with Big Dope P on Nest/Owsla, Sinden on Sweat It Out and official remixes of Iggy Azalea, Watch The Duck and Drake followed and ultimately led to R3LL signing with Steve Aoki's infamous Dim Mak Records. A move to LA saw R3LL release his sophomore Visions EP on Dim Mak in 2016, featuring standout singles "Down," and title track "Visions," which was premiered by Billboard, who proclaimed the EP "a fiery follow-up that's addictively catchy and impossible to listen to sitting down."
A SXSW showcase and headline tours across the US, Europe and Japan have further proved the rest of the world has latched on to R3LL's unique take on Jersey Club. Equally in demand are his DJ mixes, where he expertly blends Jersey Club into Deep House, Bass, Electro and Trap for BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, Triple J and Rinse FM. R3LL's set for Boiler Room's Jersey Special saw record-breaking live viewers and his recent mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra made the front page of The Fader.
With everyone now hammering at the door to work with him, R3LL looks to push the envelope further on the evolving sound of Jersey Club sound. As Thump said "This dude is going places, good luck keeping up."
As the rest of the world has finally begun to latch on to Jersey Club and barrel forward at the speed of light, original Brick Bandits crew member R3LL has long been running things in his native Newark, helping to build awareness of his homegrown sound that The Fader subsequently lauded "the most deliriously entertaining dancefloor movement of the moment" and that Thump, in a review of R3ll's debut EP Directions, referred to as "one of the most exciting happenings in all of dance music."
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