London-based Jules has built a steady repertoire in the music industry over the past decade, welding afrobeats, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, dub, reggae, and piano together for a textured range of musical backgrounds. There has been a mix of West African and Black. British culture seamlessly together.
The LP is one such ensemble that features a traveling range of guest artists to let Jules’s fabulous batch shine. Wizkid, Kojo Funds, Knucks, Jaz Karis, George The Poet, Kadiata, A2, DarkoVibes, Oxlade, Sam Wise, Bass, and many others are sandwiched between the album’s self-produced 15 tracks.
Highlights include the jazz-soaked Afrobeats jam “Summer in the Ends” with Jazz Karis and George the Poet. The track moves forward with Karis’ effortless R&B vocals, while Jules’ old-sounding saxophones of the song are reminiscent of early sade. There’s another rap-focused affair, “Wicked,” which features Sam Wise, Kadiata, and the Knicks in slick, quotable rhymes on an Afro-pop rhyme.
“It’s been a very long process,” Jules says. “I started making this album in 2019 after my Colors mixtape; I’ve been selfish and focused on just working on my brand and sound, so I haven’t really recorded for a lot of other artists. I’m excited for the world to hear what I’m working on. I pray it does very well because I put so much into it. I’d love to get a charted album or break amazing records like some of my peers, but more importantly, I hope it’s an amazing listening experience and the start of something great. The album is, among other things, a reflection of my mind phonically.”
To sum up the project in one word, it will be contagious. It’s hard to choose standout tracks because the album sounds like a giant soundboard of wide-reaching genres, compressed into a 15-song epic celebrating the African diaspora. Jules has well and truly delivered one of the best albums of the year.