Brooklyn resident Vandervolgen is one of those DJs and producers who seem synonymous with New York City, brandishing a stellar discography that holds credits for labels such as Golf Channel, DFA, Throne Of Blood, Eric Duncanâ€™s Keep It Cheap and ESP Institute. Thereâ€™s always something special about the end product of a Vandervolgen studio session, be it his Try To Find Me releases for Phil Southâ€™s perennially on point Golf Channel, his work as TBD alongside long time compadre Lee Douglas or the numerous remixes and edits that have appeared intermittently over the years â€“ last yearâ€™s Soft Rocks effort topping many end of year charts.
No doubt informed by his tutelage in the iconic late-nineties disco punk acts Out Hud and !!!, thereâ€™s always been a rough and deadly feel to a production from Justin Vandervolgen; his brutally primal and propulsive 2010 Golf Channel production â€śClapping Songâ€ť or the deranged thump of TBDâ€™s DFA 12â€ł Oh My. Itâ€™s releases like these that ensure anyone who dismisses Vandervolgen as merely â€śanother disco edit producerâ€ť should do so at their peril. Thereâ€™s evidently a wide knowledge and understanding of dance music that shines through in his output, and translates to his DJ sets with unknown cross genre gems mixed in a seamless fashion.
Tony Poland (Juno Plus)