Reggae DJs are as much a part of the reggae scene as any artist, and many produce mind-blowing remixes to spin in between your favorite live musical acts. Once such masterful mixer is Jstar, a globally-renowned reggae producer and international DJ. In 2003, Jstar hit it big with a playful dub version of Blackstreet's “No Diggity”, and has since been an industry go-to for reggae-tinged remixes and more. After gaining critical acclaim from the likes of Grandmaster Flash. Norman Jay, Diplo, and more, Jstar is about to drop another much-anticipated full-length LP on November 7th entitled Stand to Order.
This reggae-electro anthem is agonizingly addicting – like a bad relationship.
To tease the album, Jstar debuted its premier single “Liar Liar” in October – a tale of devotion, duplicity, and despair. Featuring Kinck, the ominous storyline paves the way for a darker tone and timbre, with gypsy-like strings and synths that creep up and down your spine in tandem with the vocal range. And, when it comes to the lyrics, everyone's been there: you trusted someone, you invested time, energy, you gave it your all… and come to find out, they threw it all away. That purge of confusion and anger that can only be obtained in that split second moment that the end of the road has finally arrived is what Jstar capitalizes on; he builds up the mental catharsis, and pairs a wicked drum and bass to it. This reggae-electro anthem is agonizingly addicting – like a bad relationship. The vocals are accusatory, forcing the listener to feel the wrath firsthand: “you were gunna fight it, you were gunna hide it, you were gunna be in bed with the enemy.” Mixed with the electric violins, the lyrics ebb and flow, weaving through the beat like a passionate tango unfolding between three dancers; what a true tale of betrayal and redemption.
Shortly after release, the track reached the British airwaves, spinning on David Rodigan's BBC 1Xtra and Don Lett's Culture Clash Radio on 6 Music. The single also received the royal remix treatment from Belgium's prime party duo, Turntable Dubbers, who put the 'club' in the dub track by wobbling the bass, adding live horns and driving backbeats, and maxing out the reverb to jumpstart any dance floor. With the massive success of “Liar Liar”, Jstar's forthcoming Stand to Order is surely going to skyrocket his name to new heights.