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Justin Jay’s flute-infused cut, ‘Can’t Hang’, is subtly brilliant

Justin Jay — Can't Hang

Tipped as a future star by Pete Tong and supported by the likes of Disclosure and Claude VonStroke, Justin Jay’s meteoric rise can be traced back to his breakout 2016 single ‘What Do You Want’.

Combining funk and soul within the prism of house, Justin Jay’s ability to fuse his varied influences together without his output sounding forced or too backward looking is why the LA-based producer is being tipped for big things.

His latest, ‘Can’t Hang’ features something of a divisive lead hook that sounds suspiciously like a flute — and whilst the merits of flutes in dance music have been discussed at length after Watermat used one in his breakout track ‘Bullit, the rest of the track is less controversial, featuring Jay’s breezy vocoder-laden vocals wrapped around stocky percussion which really add an extra layer of depth to the track.

Jay explains that “Cant Hang” is “one of the first songs I wrote and sang. It came out of me at a time where I wasn’t exactly on cloud nine… It’s been crazy times. These days, I frequently find myself getting overwhelmed, stressed out, or disenchanted about things. It’s easy to get negative and divisive, but that’s where I think music can be so powerful and important. It brings people together and makes us feel good. That’s what this song’s about for me.”

‘Can’t Hang’ is out now via Jay’s own Fantastic Voyage.


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Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.