Juls combines African progression with a striking ear for notes and tunes to create an EP whose only fault is that it’s 35 minute-span feels too short.
EP - Leap Of Faith
Artiste - Juls
Record Label - BBnZ Live (2017)
Duration- 35 minutes
DJ Juls aka Juls was previously the guy who made Mr Eazi become a star. Layering the Nigerian singer’s vocals over his reinvented old Ghanaian highlife beats, he created a new star which has received near-global appeal based largely on their collaboration.
Eazi was a test of the genres potential to explode on this level. And it worked tremendously. Mr Eazi is a star now, grossing some of the highest pays on tour venues, and selling enough records to defy the underdog trope that is being sold to the world.
“It’s Juls baby…” did that for him.
But that’s not all that Juls has in his arsenal. Eazi was an experiment that worked, and Juls is taking advantage of his signature creation to craft some of the best beats in the market. What makes Juls interesting is his musical technique and how he keeps reinventing old Ghanaian templates, bringing them forward to the present by fusing them into new drum notes, kicks, and synths. Layering vocals over them is just an accessory. The real work is done at chopping stage.
“Leap Of Faith” is symbolic. Not only is it intended to mark time as the project that defined the new wave of Afro fusion rushing over the world, it is a carefully curated musical expedition into the African sound, and all the different subgenres that can come from sound fusion and creative delivery.
A great example is ‘Early’, which features Nonso Amadi and Maleek Berry, two of Africa’s new age progressive music makers. It starts off with a core African chant, and slowly progresses into a cross between R&B and Highlife. You could find the same template interpreted clearly on ‘Give Love’, but syrupy guitar strings form the core of the melody.
Nigeria’s Afrobeat jazz elements are stripped and dropped on ‘Temperature’ rising’. Ghana’s Kojey Radical offers rap and hook interjected by sneaky DJ scratches, and guttural singing to provide the most inclusive song on the project. Although such a title can be argued with the tropical ‘Mi Luv it’, with its uplifting dancehall twist supplied by Frass and AOD
Tomi Agape and Santi are Afro-R&B geniuses on ‘After six’, with the latter returning on the ‘Coco’ to link up with Odunsi The Engine. The project is duly rounded off with the efforts of Moelogo on ‘Eji Owuro’.
“Leap Of Faith” is a purely romance-themed project about falling in love and taking the leap into passionate commitment. It’s a purely universal concept which does its best to provide context to the soud.. But the true victory here is in the melody. Juls combines African progression with a striking ear for notes and tunes to create an EP whose only fault is that it’s 35 minute-span feels too short. It's almost criminal.
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