You know you are in for a treat when you hear the melodic signal – Juls Baby – on a track. Juls released his latest body of work, ‘Leap of Faith’, Monday 8th May 2017 and it is evidence that this is a producer who is solidifying a new sound in Afrobeats.
His distinguishable and natural sound embodies his character – creative, humble, spiritual and full of positive vibes. The eclectic sound of his new album is as if he has infused the spirits of Robert Glasper, A Tribe called Quest, and Fela to channel into a contemporary Afrobeats sound.
The first track ‘My Wave’ featuring Sona & Odunsi is as wavey as its name. The alluring sounds of the saxophone at the near end of the song followed by the strings sets up the diverse tone for the rest of the album.
Track 5 titled, ‘After Six’ which features the enchanting voice of Tomi Agape and Santi is one of the highlights of Leap of Faith. However, you would be stuck to choose a favourite, as the whole album is sonically well-thought out from the beginning, to the middle and end.
I had the privilege to attend the ‘Leap of Faith’ album launch party where the man of the moment. Juls spoke of his influences; mentioning producers such as Swizz beats, Team Salut and Maleek Berry as peers he learns from. As well as ‘love’ being an important force behind his music. He also highlighted the important role that his parents played in his music development.
“My dad loves jazz and my mum is from the Western Region of Ghana, the sound from there (known as highlife) contains a lot of strings and drums which I incorporate into my sound.”
Each track has the same Juls’ iconic sound, however, he has skillfully created a unique feel to each song, consequently making the songs sound very different. Everything is on point; from the insightful interlude conversations with poet Sarah Aluko to the beat productions accompanied with the right artists and heartfelt lyrics.
You don’t just listen to Leap of Faith – you feel it.