Reviews

Jayda G
Significant Changes

(Ninja Tune)

8/10

Anyone who’s seen Jayda G’s Boiler Room set knows that she’s passionate. If you haven’t, I’d really recommend it. Her energy is infectious, her taste in soulful Chicago house feels fresh without sacrificing its throwback appeal, and it’s always great watching a sea of awkward techno lads in unreasonable hats try to dance.

If you’re familiar with her previous work you’ll know what to expect from most of this album: sunny, approachable floor-fillers that will make a poptimist out of anyone. Particular highlights here include the hazy vocals that flicker around ‘Renewal (Hyla Mix)’’s crisp drum track, as well as the two tracks featuring Alexa Dash. Dash collaborates with Jayda G more than anyone else, and it’s easy to see why – she brings an easy confidence to her vocals on each track that’s irresistible.

But it’s 2019, so you’re not going to get out of an uplifting house album without a brutal reminder of how climate change will kill you because yer da refuses to eat a vegetable. Jayda G recently completed an MA thesis investigating the effects of humanity on the orca population in Vancouver, and a couple tracks here reflect the dire conclusions of that study. ‘Missy Knows What’s Up’ has a particularly biting sample of biologist Misty MacDuffee calmly explaining the problems facing marine conservationists. It’s affecting, and this subject matter might seem unnecessarily harsh in the context of the rest of the record, but I’d argue that it’s a perfect inclusion – the drop of bitterness that makes the rest that much sweeter.

Support Loud And Quiet from £3 per month and we'll post you our next 9 magazines

As all of us are constantly reminded, it’s getting harder for independent publishers to stay in business, which applies to Loud And Quiet more now than ever, 14 years after we first started printing a magazine that we’ve always given away for free.

Having thought about the best way to support the costs of what we do (the printing and server fees, the podcast and video production costs etc.) we’d like to ask our readers who really enjoy what we do to subscribe to our next 9 issues over the next 12 months. The cheapest we can afford to do this for is a recurring payment of £3 per month for UK subscribers. If you really start to hate it you can cancel at any time. The same goes for European subscriptions (£6 per month) and the rest of the world (£8 per month).

It’s not just a donation – you’ll receive a physical copy of our magazine through your door, and some extra perks detailed on our subscribe page. Digital subscriptions are available worldwide for £15 per year. We hope you consider this a good deal and the best way to keep Loud And Quiet in your life without its content, independence or existence suffering.