WORDS BY JOSHUA MICHAEL PAULIN
ARTWORK BY HESTER KIM
Thaw your frozen hands out—over Soundcloud with DJ Jubilee’s annual mix that will be sure to bring on the heat.
Spring cleaning is universally used terminology for starting anew, in preparation of the seasonal change. After this long winter, it’s going to take a lot more than sweeping things under the bed (just being honest, would you rather clean on a Sunday, or go outside?) to shed off the lingering impressions the cold has left on all of us (well, maybe not New Yorkers, just those snowbirds & transplants).
For the third year in a row OC-fam member Jessica Gentile has just the prescription we need, to rattle out the chill from our bones—she’s like our natural healer for summer. Gentile shares the moniker Jubilee with the iconic X-MEN character who generates pyrotechnic energy plasmoids from her hands—which DJ Jubilee does similarly, by dropping the fire which is Magic City III on all of us (just when we did needed it the most).
Magic City III stimulates the muscle memories of summer immediately, prompting an attempt to grab a drink that wasn’t actually there, with Free Magic’s 404 413. The track starts with the ringing of a phone, which is answered on the other end by the sounds of wind chimes, recalling the warmth of a front porch of an urban home. Sounds of data being crushed by a kick drum swirl around the track, as if Miami’s nickname the Magic City was being recreated sonically. Just around the middle of the compilation, Ikonika's Riposte takes you on video game-esque vacation (maybe a Duck Tour?) around South Beach with the thoughts off early Cash Money Records Mannie Fresh produced anthems in mind. This comp is based off of Miami and its bass and booty music core. The eleven tracks feed off of each other, like a good game of telephone, the story of Miami is retold, embellished, and tailored to each artist’s perspective. The city is recognizable throughout, but also elusive and evolving at the same time, which is fitting for Miami’s actuality or even Ouroboros behavior. By the time you hit the bookend of Katie Rex’s Pressure, the sun has came and gone (twice) but the story isn’t over, because summer has officially started.
Below listen to Magic City III and download the OC-exclusive mix via WeTransfer here. Don’t forget to get your bootie moving IRL, Jubilee will be releasing this project live on May 31st at Good Room in Brooklyn, so RSVP here!
Magic City III Tracklist:
1. Free Magic, “404 143”
2. Opus III, “It's a Fine Day” (Burt Fox Remix)
3. Orlando, “Cute”
4. Ikonika, “Riposte”
5. Untold, “Dolphin Tag”
6. Olive, “T-270 Degrees”
7. Proper Villains, “Spazzmatik Bass”
8. Astrolith, “Ultragel”
9. Doctor Jeep, “Hydra VIP”
10. Mobilegirl, “Vivibass”
11. Katie Rex, “Pressure”