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Review: J Fresh set to release Juice EP April 20

In Grime by Chris White

Southampton’s J-Fresh is one of the most well established names in grime and rap over the past 5 years, smashing up clubs, radio and live gigs. Following the recent Fruit Salad EP late last year, he’s back at it again with the Juice EP!

The lead single caused a stir recently, and the quality levels stay peaking throughout the nine track EP. Sticking to his roots within grime whilst adding some more experimental sounds, it is clear to see how far J-Fresh has come as a producer to be where he is now. The EP opens with ‘Lock Down’ featuring the quickly emerging afrobeats artist Predz, outlining J Fresh’s use of new school artists, whilst the established Ayo Beatz  features in the track ‘Dem Man’. These new influences on his music lead to a vibrant, well rounded EP, especially when blended together with J Fresh’s classic old school grime beats.

This is most evident in the outstanding track ‘Pablo’ which premiered recently on 1xtra and features the legendary Maxwell D and Plague, with the video also dropping last week. ‘Pablo’ is surely going to be a track we will be hearing a lot more, and sets the bar very high for the rest of the EP. The quality is clearly consistent throughout as next up is the energetic ‘Moves and Planes’, which has Skydro spitting explosive bars over a thunderous beat. The remaining tracks on the EP continue in the same vein, with a notable collab with the legendary Swiss (So Solid) for the lower tempo ‘Die Young’. J Fresh ends the project with the aptly named ‘Vibes’ a fiery mash up that keeps the raw energy that resonates throughout.

You can pre-order and pre-save Juice, which is out April 20th from http://smarturl.it/JuiceJ-Fresh

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Catch J-Fresh at our hip hop & grime showcase event on May 6, as part of Portobello Live.