Catching up on some submissions to the site, we took a listen to St Joe Louis, a group from New Jersey who recently released a free six-track EP, Almost There. Opening with an somewhat-obligatory freestyle into over Drake’s “Over”, the rest of the EP is produced by the group’s MC/producer, Elete, and vocalized by group members Tom Chase and Michael Cardigan.
The EP is a set up for the group’s upcoming release 30,000 Ft. and Rising. A track of the same name on the EP peppers other De La Soul references throughout, and is a listenable effort, though overall, we think the levels could use a bit better mastering. The next few tracks are better balanced, and exhibit an eclectic choice of beats. St Joe Louis has an affinity for sung choruses, which fits their overall style well.
As an EP goes, Almost There is a fine introduction to the group in theory, but at times, feels a bit like an un-mastered version. As we mentioned, perhaps the engineering could use a bit better leveling, as in general, the audio isn’t as sharp as it should be. There’s also no slam dunk track that necessarily reaches out and grabs your attention, although “Too Much” stands out a bit; a well produced joint with a cool, noddable vibe.
St Joe Louis’ Bandcamp page states that the group has faced setbacks ranging from “several car accidents” to the loss of loved ones. On the strength of their continued grind after such adversity, these artists deserve a chance to be heard, so as always, we’ll definitely keep an ear open for future releases, and in the meantime, happily introduce you to St Joe Louis.
St Joe Louis – Almost There EP Intro
St Joe Louis – Too Much ft. Richard Pryor