As the rest of the world has begun to latch on to Jersey Club and barrel forward at the speed of light, original Brick
Bandits crew member R3LL has long been running things in his native Newark, helping to build awareness of his homegrown sound that The Fader lauded “the most deliriously entertaining dancefloor movement of the moment” and Thump, in a recent review of R3ll’s debut EP Directions, called Jersey Club “one of the most exciting happenings in all of dance music.”
As one of the pioneers and breakout stars of Jersey Club, R3ll initially gained recognition for his sophisticated, official remixes across Disclosure’s Latch (PMR), Cashmere Cat’s Rice Rain (LuckyMe), Lido’s Money (Pelican Fly), Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo’s Signs (Ultra) and Keys N Krates’ Your Love (Dim Mak).
R3LL’s highly anticipated, debut EP “Directions”, the inaugural release on the Brick Bandits label, showcased solid Jersey Club tracks such as Ponanay, which was chosen by Vice to soundtrack their documentary series on Jersey Club. In-keeping with R3LL’s bold experimentation, Directions also featured exciting collaborations with Sinden and Riddim Commission, where Jersey Club came face to face with Bass and House for the very first time.
The media showed nothing but love for Directions, with R3ll universally lauded as the crossover face of Jersey Club and high-profile tastemakers such as Diplo (Mad Decent), Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1), Cashmere Cat (LuckyMe), Nina Las Vegas (Triple J), Nick Catchdubs (Fools Gold), Anna Lunoe (Beats 1) and others showed support for the New Jersey wunderkind.
2016 brought releases with Big Dope P on Nest and with Sinden on Sweat It Out and more official remixes for Iggy Azalea (Virgin), Watch The Duck (Epic) and Drake (Cash Money) and headline tours across the US, Europe and Japan further proved the rest of the world has begun to latch on to R3LL’s unique take on Jersey Club.
Equally in demand are R3ll’s DJ mixes; he’s expertly blended Jersey Club into Deep House, Bass, Electro and Trap for Nest, Thump, Insomniac, Triple J and Rinse FM. In addition, R3ll’s set for Boiler Room’s Jersey Special saw record-breaking live viewers and his recent mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra made the front page of The Fader.
With everyone now hammering at the door to work with R3ll, he has some very exciting release plans for the Spring. As Thump said “This dude is going places, good luck keeping up.”