Some might argue Palms Trax broke-through with âEquationâ on Lobster Theremin in 2013. Jay Donaldsonâs first release was that good. But, as with all truly great subterranean moments in dance music â like ripples in a pool â it takes time for the hype to spread.
Since those steely Motor City chords for Asquithâs label, heâs only dropped a coupleÂ of releases including âForeverâ EP (also for Lobster Theremin) but, such isÂ their quality, heâs attracting widespread applause fromÂ the underground dance music community for his classy, modern twist on retro house.
It was the release of âIn Goldâ earlier this year on Dutch label Dekmantel â home to the likes of Joey Anderson and Juju & Jordash â earlier this year that really helped push JayÂ into the spotlight of a far wider audience.
Its warm, offbeat bounce and spacious organ stabs once again marked him out â still in his mid-â20Â as a producer with talent far beyond his years.
Based in Berlin but originally from near Bristol, heâs nowÂ a truly international artist, DJing as far afield as Tokyo and providing a remix for Jacques Renaultâs NYC label Letâs Play House, proving once and for all, in 2015, that Palms Trax is no flash-in-the-pan phenomenon.Â
With the next EP another exquisite flurry of melody just about to land on Dekmantel, you can rest assured heâs here to stay.
Words: ADAM SAVILLEÂ