Only making his debut as a producer in early 2017, J-Fresh has already released two EP’s to critical acclaim (‘Pineapple’ & ‘Banana’ EP), and is now following that up with the announcement of his newest release, the debut album ‘Fruit Salad’, which will surely shut down what has been a huge year for the one-man army.
The album kicks off with the ambient, up-tempo ‘Lurks at Night’, a fusion of UKG and Grime, as Yus spits skippily over a dirty bassline. An old skool vibe to kick off the album, Lady Ice takes the baton on the heavyweight grime banger ‘Headtop’, on which she delivers energetic bars, embracing her Jamaican influences with the vocals, and the chorus is catchy too. Two of Grime’s pioneering, legendary veteran emcee’s God’s Gift (part of pioneering UKG/Grime crew Pay As U Go Cartel) and Monkstar (former member of Newham Generals), team up for a dirty grime riddim called ‘Tryna Get By’, detailing the constant grind and hustle from the pair, with money the sole aim.
Klaudia brings a whole different vibe with ‘Devotion’, a hybrid production from J-Fresh, combining Trap, Grime and Klaudia’s soulful R&B vocal tones. Almost has a UKG feel to it too. ‘She’s In Love’, a collaboration with Ironik and Predz UK is a smooth fusion of Hip Hop and R&B, and is aimed at the gyal that end up falling in love with their style.
As well as features from Don Jaga, ShaoDow and Serocee, J-Fresh throws previous singles ‘Change’ featuring Blay, ‘Special Powers’ featuring Koder and ‘Refills On Deck’ featuring Tubby Boy, on to the album. ‘Topper Topper’ with Strive is a heavyweight trap banger that perhaps closes out the album well, emphasizing that he at least on the way to the top, at the top at best.
J-Fresh has pushed his way into the Grime scene as a top producer this year, and has been all over the web with rave reviews of his music, as well as having his music featured on major radio platforms. This album ‘Fruit Salad’ features varied flavours, whilst keeping that gritty grimy sound, but extending to UK Rap and R&B. J-Fresh proves himself to be an eclectic producer with a range of sounds to pick from and mix.
If he continues the same consistent work rate and level of quality music, there is no doubt J-Fresh will go to the top in 2018!