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Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard

Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard


Charley Hustle
Jay Kill


Charley Hustle
Jake Hill

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Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard‘s second EP, Stuck On The Sunrise, sounds like a meeting of the Fleet Foxes and Citizen Cope over a dime store bottle of Kentucky bourbon. Spewing truths and lies as easily as an ornery child, the lines of fact and fiction cease to matter in this 4 song time capsule. The urban-folk duo, made up of Plymouth music legend, Jake Hill, and new school NYC producer, Charley Hustle, look to build on the driving soundscape of their debut collaboration from 2011, New Men Old Boys.

Stuck On The Sunrise features lead-vocal performances by both Hill & Hustle, with Hill’s penetrating, all-encompassing voice playing counter to Hustle’s softer, more rhythmic delivery. This is all supported by a pack of pulsating musicians, and layers of howling backing vocals that have become a staple for the duo and the times. Written in the Bronx by Hill & Hustle, and recorded with 11 different musicians in 4 locations; including an afternoon cello and ukulele performance in Koreatown, Los Angeles; a trumpet versus sax showdown in the East Village of Manhattan; and a tantric “dungeon” session in Plymouth, MA; this EP was created in the moment, which produces its evolving, rolling and dynamic personality.

It’s easy to spot the hard hitting drums, ever present bass lines, and nostalgic background vocals of New Men Old Boys. In addition to Hustle’s very stylized production the most endearing element of this EP is the true grit of Jake Hill’s prodding voice. But considering the perspective of words strung together with experience and craftsmanship, ultimately the weight of the EP is in the lyrics. These songs were inspired by a range of concepts from the fear of love had and lost, to the celebration of a driving independence.

In the end these two artists have created a music collection that is neither Jake Hill nor Charley Hustle but Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard.

Jake Hill is a singer/songwriter from Plymouth, Massachusetts, from across the country, and from down the street. He has miles on his voice, blisters on his fingers, and stories to tell. Though born and raised in America’s Hometown, it was the American Southwest where he found himself. Then he came home. Jake has released four full-length LP’s and a handful of EP’s, and has performed from Boston to Austin in front of audiences as intimate as a couple of bottle-throwing drunks and as rowdy as thousands of fancy people doing fancy things.

The Hustle Standard is, at its core, Charley Hustle. Charley’s goal, as a producer, songwriter, and engineer, is to work with artists to create projects that are whole, and unique. Now, after the release of the 5th Hustle Standard EP in less than two years; numerous releases produced and/or written by Charley for other artists; TV placements; and commercial chart successes – The Hustle Standard has carved out it’s own place in the music industry as an independent record label and a full-service music production company that combines a personal vision with hand crafted production to create music tailored to the artist.
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Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard "Never Seen Runaway"
Genre: Indie Folk-Pop
Moods: Driving, Rebellious, Regretful
Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard "Snake Skin Gin"
Genre: Indie Folk-Pop
Moods: Anthemic, Exotic, Mysterious
Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard "Stuck on the Sunrise"
Genre: Indie Folk-Pop
Moods: Determined, Hopeful, Independent
Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard "Autumn Bells"
Genre: Indie Folk-Pop
Moods: Searching, Spiritual, Uplifting


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