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JAY B revisits his alternative roots celebrating ‘LOVE’ in smooth sailing first EP as Def. – Album Review

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South Korean R&B singer-songwriter Def. also known as JAY B of GOT7, is back with a new serving of music, this time under the moniker ‘Def.’ He uses this moniker when he participates in songwriting and composing. As Def., the artiste has released several songs on SoundCloud and they have always been hit amongst the fans. The songs which he makes as Def. carry a distinct flavour with indie, alternative vibes to them that are not usually seen in his mainstream compositions. He dabbles into his favourite genres like alternate R&B, Blues, and ballad. Following the success of solo EP, SOMO:FUME, JAY B has once again collaborated with soloist-producer JUNNY for the song ‘Like a Fool’. He has also collaborated with rapper LEON for the opening track ‘Again’.

JAY B revisits his alternative roots celebrating ‘LOVE’ in smooth sailing first EP as Def. – Album Review

JAY B revisits his alternative roots celebrating ‘LOVE’ in smooth sailing first EP as Def. – Album Review

His new album, ‘LOVE.’ is all about love and the emotions it brings along.  Released on January 26th, the album instantly charted at No. 1in 47 countries on iTunes, TOP10 in 60 countries. The focus single ‘Sunset With You’ is also charting number 1 in 23 countries on iTunes. Let’s hop on this train to discovering love, as sung by Def.!

JAY B begins singing in hushed tone which accentuates the cozy feeling the song. LEON’s bilingual rap verse is like a jolt that wakes one up from that hazy slumber. The song has a quaint vibe with alternate R&B distilling a sensual charm.

The synth and bass beats disbursed throughout the song, paired with electro-acoustic guitar riffs and JAY B’s laid-back vocals are a perfect musical bundle. The song induces a hazy-dazy mood that questions a lover, but there is a playful tone to it.

‘I Just Wanna Know’ is a jazzy dance number with a touch of R&B. The song makes you want to get up and dance a slow dance! JayB casts a magical charm with his soft vocals. The cello and bass rhythm in the background shines a spotlight on the song’s joyful mood.

‘Like a Fool’ is an indie music track, with a laid-back attitude. His and JUNNY’s vocals complement each other beautifully. Bring their third collaboration into play, JAY B sings in his signature breathy vocals, which are only further highlighted by the mellow piano tunes. If you hear this song in a café, then be prepared for a relaxed ride!

The song sports a beautiful juxtaposition of JAY B mid and high tempo vocals. He takes to a high tempo in the chorus, and returns to low to mid-range in the bridge. The song is a chill indie number which feels like a soft summer light that gives small doses of warmth on a chilly morning.

The title track ‘Sunset with You’ takes to concluding the album. The lo-fi and alternate beats evoke a relaxed feeling from the moment the song begins. He sings in hushed and breathy vocals adding to the relaxed vibe. The music video accessorizes the song with sepia themed stills, muted tones, and desolate cityscapes. The visuals and song feel straight out of a slice of life movie.

There’s a stark contrast between Lim Jae Beom as JAY B, him with his crew under Offshore and JAY B as Def. Def. cements his persona as an alternate and indie vocalist. The album, from start to end, is a treat for those who like indie and alternate beats, interspersed with R&B. So far, JAY B as Def. and his crew Offshore have released several such gems on SoundCloud, but this album will be a truly memorable keepsake for the fans. Choosing “romantic love” as the theme for his first EP as Def., JAY B pays homage to a form of the emotion that has been his muse in several previously released songs.

Watch the music video of ‘Sunset with You’ by Def. here:

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