Australian-born DJ/producer Thomas Jack is one of the founders of the tropical house genre, as he personally (and somewhat jokingly) introduced the term in 2013. It was the year that he was discovered on SoundCloud, moved to Miami and began his popular podcast series “Tropical House”. The new subgenre quickly grew big in the booming EDM scene, and names like Kygo and Klingande soon made their way to the forefront of the genre, more or less with the help of Jack, who introduced Kygo to his own management.
Now, a couple of years later, Thomas Jack is logically still associated with tropical house, but he surely has been experimenting with different sounds as well. Jack recently embarked on a three-day cruise from LA to Ensenada, Mexico, where he took his place behind the decks to treat fans to the result of his new, techy recipe. The ship set sail for a landmark party cruise from Los Angeles to Ensenada, Mexico from October 6 – 9. Amongst the other headliners were the likes of Ferry Corsten, 3LAU, Arty and Andrew Bayer, but it was up to Thomas Jack to close out the final night of the cruise. Jack surprised all party people aboard with a sublime 5-plus hour sunrise set, heavily influenced by techno and tech house; sounds that Jack has been inspired by a lot recently, as proved his latest EP “The Versus”.
The 5 1/2 hour set definitely also included bits and pieces of that tropical house vibe that propelled the 24-year old Australian to the forefront of the EDM scene, but it’s a series of house and tech house productions that dominated his mix. If you have a couple of hours (five, preferably) to spare, be sure to check out Thomas Jack’s epic Groove Cruise LA set below.