Fly by night successes are common in the rough-and-tumble world of drum & bass, but lucky for us Jamie Cope (aka Jaydan) has been able to break free from the pack to become one of the genre’s most recognizable faces. Congratulations are definitely in order as the leading drum & bass producer prepares to celebrate 10 years of unwavering dedication to the dancefloor with a mammoth 15-track debut studio album titled A Decade of Industry.
Honing his skills in Leicester (home to DJ SS and Generation Dub) Jaydan quickly rose through the ranks on prestigious labels like Ganja and Propaganda before eventually developing his own now-legendary Smokin’ Riddims imprint in 2007.
Impeccable production standards and versatility have always been a specialty of this producer and the Decade album does not disappoint, with a myriad of vibes reaching from the old school to present day bangers.
To start, “This Could Be” brings on the euphorics with vibe-building sultry synth lines and easy going beats. Rekindling the spirit of old school hardcore, “Brock It Up” showcases timeless sounds with an updated twist, delivering heart-racing moments both on and off the dancefloor.
As anticipated, the album displays Jaydan’s keen ability to produce exuberant high-octane bangers. Look for the skankers of the bunch including “Brute Force,” “Straight Dubplate,” and “Bad Juju.”
Finally, “Dreams” goes above and beyond with a melancholy piano hook and pristine breaks, a tune sure to be enjoyed for a many years to come. Make the 15-track seminal album due out on Smokin’ Riddims yours on October 12 with pre-orders available here.