S032: Jo Def - Steps
'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.
released 19 November 2013
Mastered by DJ Romes
Executive Produced by Joe Kay
Artwork by Andre Power
Words by Jacqueline Mari