After leaking a couple of choice cuts from his new album, Jo Def finally releases his free full-length project, Steps, via Soulection. If you’ve been following the label’s track record, you already know you’re in for a treat. This is footwork done right, with the Los Angeles producer sampling the likes of R. Kelly, Sade, Soul 4 Real, Slum Village, and more. Stream the album in its entirety above, and support via Bandcamp. Tracklist after the jump.
‘Steps’ is a timely release that comes during an experimental and fluid epoch in electronic music which proves to be a soulful, west-coast inspired footwork masterpiece.
With varying influences from Jukesquad to TekLife – the original Chicago footwork crews, Jo Def carefully combines west coast leaning, bass-heavy vibes with traditional syncopated footwork sounds to produce a cohesive listen all the way through.
The lead single “SWIM”, wraps a wavy and filtered Sade vocal with bass stabs and head-nodding tempo for a sexy yet danceable time. “Took It Thurr”, the “2u 4u” Slum Village flip is a classic in its own right and given the Jo Def treatment, the song transforms into a spaced-out, cerebral journey through Jaydee’s vocals fused with the footwork sound.
Based just north of Los Angeles in Oxnard, CA, Jo Def brings a wealth of musical knowledge and positivity to the label. By delivering the spirit of footwork infused with soul and rnb, Jo Def’s unique sound-vibration cements Soulection’s dedication to bringing visibility to new artists and timeless music worldwide.
1. Luh Luv
4. N My Mind
5. I Go
7. Static Juke
9. Ask Anything
10. Yield Low
11. My Heart
12. Real Love