For this 100th podcast, we have a very special guest that you’ll probably hear praise for exponentially in a near future. He is from Bridgeport – Connecticut. DJ, producer, but also label-owner of the respected Underground Quality that he launched in 2005, and more recently co-owner of the EDJ label since 2011 with his wife, who is also a DJ-producer, Jenifa Mayanja (herself label-owner of Bumako recordings). Especially known for his perfectly symbiotic deep sets, half-way between house and techno, Edward McKeithen aka DJ Jus-Ed federates the scene around his authenticity, his constant commitment and his unconditional love for the dancefloor. At TAL’s edit staff, we are all big fans of Jus-Ed’s music as much as of the character himself. Therefore we are particularly keen to introduce and share with you this special podcast.

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If you get the chance to live the dancefloor experience with Ed, your first instinct goes to naturally flow him together among the major league nearby titans like Theo Parrish or Omar S (with whom he actually played in 2006 in fact – but this is another story told in our upcoming TAL interview with Jus-Ed himself). Although we can hear his productions since the mid-00s, we may have the familiar impression that he’s been around forever. And that is somehow the case as he actually started spinning records way before most of us were born. Long story short, he came back behind the decks in 2001 after a long retirement of 15 years from DJing. He played his first records at the age of 10. Playing records, before producing, that’s his vital sinew, and we can observe it right away when he performs, his dexterity being as much pleasurable for the eyes as for the ears. He could almost be constrained to mix with a basic three filters equalizer, and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference since he appears to be affected by the spin-fever right down until his fingertips.

Today his music is unanimously received warmheartedly. His sets are breaking the usual boundaries drearily rooted within the scene between house and techno. He succeeds to gather on a dancefloor as much the old-school house nostalgics, as the ravers eager for ritual techno, picking along with them the soulful house aficionados. Then he lures all this heteroclite crowd together with deep, raw, soulful sounds, always wrapped with warmth and with an emotional imprint which became his signature, transporting you straight towards a state of joy.
So the sound of Jus-Ed is somewhere subtly meshed between house and techno. But in the end we don’t really care to try to make him fit in a standard category because what truly defines his music is his generosity, with the dancers but also with other producers. Ed has always a special thought for his buddies when he plays records. Besides, we can easily trace them back in the Underground Quality catalog for which they all brought their personal contribution such as DJ Qu (Strenght), Fred P (Soul People), Aybee (Deepblak), Levon Vincent (Deconstruct, Novel Sound), and Move D, who especially participated in spreading his music throughout Europe. We also remember Ed’s support for the young russian producers Nina Kraviz and Anton Zap and his close relationship with the deep house scene from Hamburg and the Smallville crew since the very beginning of Underground Quality.

If we easily associate him with old-school DJs, that’s also because he is capable of playing extending sets and passing on an energy which conjures up those from the warehouse parties back in the 80s (editor’s note: since I couldn’t testify an actual physical presence at the Music Box’s parties during my early childhood, instead I fed myself with a bunch of docus about Marshall Jefferson and Ron Hardy to authorize myself the comparison). Another peculiarity of Ed is that he addresses directly with his music and literally with his public: his sets are stressed with his microphone interventions, he speaks to us to heat us up. And it works just smoothly, on the dancefloor we feel clearly connected, the energy has concentrated, we just can’t stop dancing.

To give you a taste of the atmosphere, Ed edited in exclusivity for Trace A Line one hour of his three hours live set at Rex club in Paris last October and you can purchase the full set via his site on the link below:



You will hear eternal house classics like Lil Louis and Larry Heard, as well as his Underground Quality favorites (notably his “Let’s groove” Medley mix- UQ 045 that we can’t get enough of), and always a room for the unpredictable. In a nutshell, all the ingredients which create the particular charm of his sets. That’s for sure, you will ask for some more…

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5 Comments
  1. (TAL100) DJ Jus-Ed - Trace A Line says:

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  2. DJ JUS-ED says:

    Wow lovely writting! Thanks for including me in your celebration!
    See you all soon!
    Ed Jus-Ed That is…

  3. DJ JUS-ED says:

    ah if you listeners want the whole recording please go to http://www.undergroundquality.com for wav or compact disk ;) Merci!!!

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  5. G says:

    Excellent mix :)

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