SNACKS: SUPERSIZE (JAX JONES)

RELEASED 6TH SEPTEMBER 2019

Favourite track: This Is Real

The perfect compilation of club hits sure to have been heard on the radio at some point this year so get ready to sing along.  

Jax Jones is another name I had come across. The English DJ and producer was responsible for the hit ‘You Don’t Know Me’ featuring RAYE which I think everyone in the UK has heard at least once. I could have sworn it was played in almost every retail store at one point. But he is also responsible for Mabel’s hit, ‘Ring Ring’ (another one that has been played on the UK radio A LOT). He’s worked with big names already so I was very interested to hear his album Snacks (Supersize) which is his debut album I think. The cover art is really cool. It shows Jax Jones hopping on the shelves of a supermarket aisle which is quite a retro, quirky looking cover. It doesn’t give too much away about the content of the album but he looks happy on the cover so maybe the songs will be upbeat? Let’s see.

Image credit: jaxjones.co.uk

The first song ‘House Work’ (featuring Mike Dunn and MNEK) is a song I have definitely heard in the club. It’s a proper club hit with a repetitive vocal, bassline and synths. ‘Jacques’ featuring Tove Lo opens with an EDM/Dubstep/House type of bass synth and then female vocals as a subtle beat comes in as well as some French ad-libs. ‘You Don’t Know Me’ with RAYE is a more commercial song with elements of Pop, RnB and then Dance/Electronic/House. It’s a great song for shopping or clubbing because it makes you move. It’s a proper UK hit and it’s catchy AF so be careful (warning is there…it will be in your head ringing). I have heard the next song, ‘Harder’ with Bebe Rexha on the radio and in shops. I honestly feel like UK stores have a contract with him just to play his music on repeat. It’s a good tune and her vocals are great in this. I like the use of strings in the background alongside an upbeat beat and heavy plucked bass.

Then we have ‘Ring Ring’, another classic featuring Mabel. This is THE SONG for girls getting ready for a night out. This one is also a very catchy song but it will have you moving which is the point of it I guess. Demi Lovato and Stefflon Don feature on ‘Instruction’ which is, again, more commercial but it’s fierce. You will wanna move to this for sure and it has that female boss attack. It is the perfect song for a work-out. I was so happy to see that Years &Years have a song on here too. ‘Play’ is more of a House club kind of song and the vocals work really nicely. This is another one I have heard. I can see this doing well at a fashion show as it has that kind of sound and a solid rhythm. ‘100 Times’ opens with a rant from a woman, then another woman and then a man caught in between. It tells a story for sure whilst being a pretty decent club song once again.

Ina Wroldsen features on ‘Breathe’ which (surprise, surprise) is another song I recognise. Now I know who has been making all the UK club hits. This song is more of a commercial song similar to ‘Ring Ring’. Of course Jess Glynne would feature. ‘One Touch’ is a good song, perfect for a festival actually. You could go wild to this one. ‘This Is Real’ featuring Ella Henderson is a good club song with some piano and excellent vocals. It’s another great one for a festival. The rest of the tunes are basically club hits until the end ‘Tequila Time’ which is Jax Jones talking over a beat thanking all the musical artists that influenced him as he tried to pay rent and make it with his collaborations. It’s actually a really nice thing to hear because he proves that “it wasn’t always easy” and that he proved people wrong with this album, because it was what he needed to do and he did it. It’s a cute ending and shows his character too.   

Download this album for a gym session and get ready to burn calories and get hooked on his catchy tunes.