West London-based reggae producer Jstar returns with this new single ‘Bad Boy Stepping’, the second release from his album ‘Stand to Order’. Featuring Jamaican MC Ranking Joe, the instrumentation includes trumpet from Madeiran jazzman Manuel Alexandre Figueira and trombone from New Zealand’s Gareth Thompson Darling of Newtown Rocksteady, as the digital world meets live musicians. A particular pleasure is the inclusion of several impressive remixed versions. The original mix moves along in fine dancehall-style, while the remixes from Dreadsquad, Freedo and Mo’Matic take us so far from the source that it’s almost unrecognisable – venturing into dance, bass, hip-hop and what sounds like a film score for a particularly weird night at the kino.
After the success of first single ‘Liar Liar’, which received radio plays from BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, 1xtra’s David Rodigan and BBC 6 Music’s Don Letts, along with key support from Norman Jay, Andy Smith, Grandmaster Flash, and Daddy G, Jstar is likely to generate further enthusiasm during his current international tour.
Jstar: Bad Boy Stepping: EP release 11th February 2017