Mr Eazi took over the Nigerian music industry with a barrage of hit singles. Eazi had the lighter, Juls brought the gasoline and together they lit a nationwide fire last year (Partners in arson, No? Okay). Juls’ production method of selective maximalism coupled with Eazi’s melodies was the effective recipe, it worked perfectly.
Juls’ instrumental arrangement is fluid, sparse and colorful. Juls doesn’t pack many instruments together, each is distinct and they’re all layered in a way to ensure that the artist isn’t vying for space. Juls wipes the dust off old highlife and afrobeats rhythms, intentionally slowing them to a tingling crawl while adding a perfect percussive counterpart. The resulting beats are groovy without being punchy, they seep in with ease and fitted with the right vocal melodies, an undeniable hit is what you get.
Leap of Faith, Juls’ recently released album is a brilliant case of showmanship by a producer that has played a massive role in redefining African music in recent years. Juls creates a soundscape for each artist or group of artists to thrive in while ensuring that the project retains cohesion. The album cuts across mid-tempo pop, dancehall, contemporary R&B and Jazz-rap while retaining an innate African feel throughout – a perfect example of afro-fusion.
Perhaps the most interesting song on the project in terms of sonics is ‘Tem ... Read Full Review