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WTF moments: Jabes’ intense, unstable club music will twist your mind

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Having heard tracks of yours like ‘Ripples’ played out in a club, there’s a clear emphasis on propulsive, room-shifting energy within your music. Are these qualities you look to create in club music, of twisting people’s heads deep into a club night?

That track especially came from a place where I was really just looking to make a kind of WTF moment in the club haha. I love quite intense sounds, and that middle ground between feeling uncomfortable and having a great time is always fun to indulge in in music.

Is this also an energy you hope to create with your own DJ sets in clubs and on radio? What kind of music do you find yourself being drawn to when playing in clubs?

Definitely! I think a big thing I want from DJing is unpredictability. I always try to play music from a lot of different genres because that’s what I listen to and love, and having different styles and moods collide with one another can be such a fun and interesting space to be in when on a night out. I love to play slower and deeper when there is more time but I think it’s fun to be interrogative with the crowd sometimes and play things that are gonna mess with the club dynamic.

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You’ve established a little working relationship with Happa over the years too with a remix, some radio shows and the hour-long Cirrus production. What made the two of you decide that you should make music together?

I was a big fan of Happa before I even met Samir. Knowing someone who was my age was making this music and was from Leeds, which was really close to where I grew up, was really inspiring to me as a teenager. We ended up meeting through friends and have just been best buds ever since. He’s such an amazing producer, and has always been very supportive of my music. We have a lot of similar interests in terms of the types of music we listen to so collaborating was a bit of a no-brainer! Some of the most fun I’ve had DJing is playing b2b with Sam and I’m really proud of our radio show, Then Is Always, that we did on Balamii together. That kind of felt like a space where we could really indulge in all the different types of music that brought us close together in the first place.

You’ve also been self-releasing music through your klunk imprint of course. Do you have further plans for that in the near future, or to put out any other records elsewhere?

klunk isn’t actually just my imprint; it’s a collaboration between me and Louie who runs the label proper. Louie got in touch with me a while ago having heard the release I did on Treehouse and he had a great concept and drive behind him. At the time I was making a lot of tracks but really had no idea what to do with them and was basically ready to give up on making music altogether. He really pulled me out of that and we built a really great friendship out of working on those releases together! The label kinda took a backseat as life got in the way of being able to get music out, but maybe at some point in the future, we’ll get something out again! I’d love to see the label continue.

Can you talk us through your mix?

This mix was just an attempt to pull together what I’ve tried to do in my last few sets and represent a bit of myself. It goes through a few different styles, moods and BPMs, and I tried to pull together all the amazing dance music being made around the world. I was really happy with the way it all came together!

Jabes’ ‘Ripples / Body Said No’ EP is out now via Timedance, get it here

Christian Eede is News Editor at The Quietus and a freelance writer, follow him on Twitter

Tracklist:
Vanligt folk – Gla Kanniba
Leon Duncan – Acute Psychosis
Hajj – Pour Mes Kheys
Tzusing – Face of Electric (Hyph11e Remix)
DJ Swizzymack – End of the World Pt. 3
‘Skillz’ Blue – THIS A MIX YALL (YSS BONUS TRACK)
Color Plus – Ut
Little Artist – Cancel Copenhagen
GOSSIWOR 2, John T. Gast – 220611 – 005 – SHATTER
Dot Rotten – Pirate Radio Paradise
Angel-Ho – Doll
Lavender Graves – Phat Shake Junt
Ojosfinos – Ké
Mo Tello – Devil Beat
DJ.JIO_P x ICE UNDERLORD – Batida Por Cima De Batida
Gunna – Thought I Was Playing (Instrumental)
Source Direct – Snake Style 2
Lotic – I Don’t Just Wanna Chill With You (Love Letter)
Kamixlo – QUATROQUATROQUATRO+DOSDOSDOS
Vex’d – Slime
Junior Loves – Nore
Safa – Bel Abbes
JASSS – Turbo Olé
Pan Daijing – Tissues (extract)
Salem – Traxx
Shanti – Bashful
Ash B. – The Anthem
Jay R Neutron – Moscow
General Ludd – Catastrophe
DJ JM – Dead End
Lechuga Zafiro, Ansina, Tayhana – Suave Pero Rugoso (Tayhana Remix)
DJ King Tiger-Z – Good Neck & Back
Vanligt Folk – Folkedyret
Low Jack – Dinner
Anti-G – Instrumentals Reggeaton
DJ Bebededra – Fodencia
Lala &ce, Le Diouck, rad cartier, Low Jack – Gelati
Missdevana – Third Eye
Blastah – batalhas de airlock
WWWINGS – Arcane
DJ PAVIGO – The B Alarm
Bamba Pana – Poaa Bala Rmx
CHEBA WAHIDA – Fel Nehar Akla Fe Lil Kbiha
Headlock – Coax

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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