There's something distinctly poetic about the fact that just as it prepares to shut its doors, irreverent New York record store Dope Jams should have potentially, finally, met its match. After a vitriolic takedown of Jus-Ed in a round-up of their least favourite records of 2012, the Underground Quality boss hit back with a two-part response: a youtube clip and, true to the Big Apple's hip-hop roots, the obligatory diss tracks.
The Dum Jams EP, which consists of a "Detox" and "Techno fuck" mix of the same track, is more a vocalised attack than a dance floor record. On the former, Ed lays down a simple bed of kicks, snares and throbbing synths so as not to detract from his brazen fun-poking at the store's cheap "wizard of Oz" décor, its questionable approach to licensing and the owners' "white lines" consumption. While the "Techno fuck" mix, with its tougher, choppier framework, may have slightly more musical appeal, it's still hard to think of a time or a place when you'd ever play these records.
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Tracklist: DJ Jus-Ed - Dum Jams EP A Dum Jams (Detox Mix)
B Dum Jams (Techno Fuck)