Know who JK Soul is? Probably not. Should you? Definitely yes. He’s a beatmaker who has been classified in just about every standard genre: Hip hop, trip hop, turntabilist, chill, dub, funk/soul/jazz, etc., but these are mere words. Here’s a stark fact: Other than Madlib and Diplo and maybe a handful of others, I never, ever listen to sample-based, primarily instrumental music. It sounds like a bed to me–like something waiting for lyrics.
But I’ve listened to JK Soul’s fourth album thrice already. And I still find cool stuff there.
The dude has a rep as the best “scratch DJ” in Slovenia. I can’t speak to what the competition is like there, but I can say that this latest album definitely puts him in a class with MF DOOM, the afore-mentioned Madlib, and those other producers who breathe rarified air.
Oh, and you might actually have heard of him: He just recorded with Lil’ Wayne. But cop JK’s own stuff–it’s hot.
Video: A Love Has Died (watch it for the music–there’s not much to really see)