Jack The Box is the DJ and House music production collaboration of Tyree Cooper and Bobby Starrr.
DJ Tyree Cooper has been a proactive element of the music industry since the beginning of House music back in 1986. His contributions have resulted in the birth of a genre and numerous top ten chart- and club-hits, such as “Turn Up The Bass”, “Hardcore Hip House”, and “Groove You Out Tonight”, are credited to him. Since 2007 the veteran teamed up with UK producer and DJ Bobby Starrr as the Berlin-based combo JACK THE BOX and their debut album released back in 2013 sounds as fresh as ever and is bound to make a lasting impact again in 2020.
“Side A shows the rare craftsmanship Tyree Cooper and Bobby Starrr have to offer. Their different backgrounds emerge as their strength, resulting in an album that is truly Chicago inspired House with a contemporary vibe.” Said Moodmusic Records founder Klass Lindbladt originally back in 2013. “This is not the type of House music that you need to create a new buzzword for. This is solid House. Soulful, emotional, intense, refreshingly raw at times and always respectful towards the history of electronic music. It reflects truly who Bobby and Tyree are as DJs and persons. It is honest.
“The Way We Walk”, feature track of the first single collaboration: “Jack the Box presents: The Tyree Cooper and Bobby Starrr E.P.” was welcomed with kudos by the house scene in September 2012. Followed to even more buzz in May 2013 by the second single output “Pon de Undaground” with remixes by Dingeman, Antti Rasi and Snuff Crew. “Pon de Underground (Dingeman Remix)” was selected for Defected Records’ summer hit compilation “Loco Dice in the House”.
On stage, Jack The Box’s undeniable charisma and enthusiasm for deep, Chicago inspired yet contemporary House music and their flawless track record of successful parties has garnered Tyree Cooper and Bobby Starrr a distinguished reputation amongst a remarkably high calibre of international House veterans which they have invited to their regular parties at Kater Holzig and Tresor in Berlin.
The duo translates their party spirit into their first album output in their collaborations with Baby Bambaata (Jungle Brothers), Lady Blacktronika and Mandel Turner, keeping a balance between deep and sexy instrumental jams and full-on party house.
Says Bobby Starrr:
“All of the artists that we approached have a very authentic individuality and strong character and most importantly, they are family and add to our positive vibe. As DJs, we want to play out more tracks that feel like a “song” and for the album, we were intent on making tracks with full vocal lyrics as opposed to a mainly melody focused album with one or two vocal tunes.”
Says Tyree Cooper:
“Side -A is a raw piece of work that reflects the history of the people that I grew up with in Chicago and is certainly influenced by our environment in Berlin. For us, this album is about honouring the origins but also embracing the now.”