Boomkat Product Review:
Unexpected, brilliant R&B/ambient metamorphosis by J. Albert as JIO for Brooklyn’s Quiet Time Tapes
Well established as a producer of prime, rugged US house and broken beats, the Queens-based artist here follows his haunting ‘Envy Turned Curiosity’ EP for TTT with a fully fledged style of songwriting and intimate lyrics over nine gauzy, loose takes on up-to-the-second R&B and hip hop that reveal his strong but tenderly cracked vocals for the first time.
“TFW is about the revolving thoughts and seemingly never-ending internal dialogue that happen during times of hardship that so many of us experience as young adults– breakups, family trouble, unemployment, etc. For Jio, writing these songs on his phone on public transit, or out somewhere late night in an altered state, then returning home to record in his bedroom, this was a way of exporting those thoughts and compartmentalizing, breaking the endless feedback loop.”