Jerk is the brainchild of composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Kinney. After studying jazz music at Purchase College, he ventured into putting his skill to work by producing, and now he is back to the forefront with his musical project Jerk where he can blend hip-hop and jazz in a seamless manner. His new release “The Bridge” serves as an introductory track of some sorts and showcases his deep-rooted love for the genres of jazz, soul, and hip-hop.
“The Bridge” is a reflective and heartwarming beat that makes use of soft keys, warm basslines, and nostalgia-inducing textures layered over neck-snapping boombap drums. The piano riff at the start is as relaxing as they come and play a part in drawing the listeners in. There is a nice switch-up in the middle when the saxophone comes in to add an emotional touch to it all. It all culminates at the tail end when the horns and slinky guitars met the lush strings. This result is a stunning beat that bridges the gap between styles and also perfect for an afternoon cruise around the city.
The self-produced track was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Jerk himself and it’s taken from his forthcoming beat tape Circling.