Tech-house has been on the rise and with its surging popularity into the mainstream, mediocrity is ubiquitous. Amidst the sea of formulaic beats rises J-Lektro with "Gator Shoes"—a DIRTYBIRD-esque track molded into something substantially his own.
"Gator Shoes" draws inspiration from 70's blaxploitation movies such as Super Fly and The Mack, where pimps were always seen flashing a pair of freshly shined alligator shoes on their feet. J-Lektro propels listeners into a landscape of snaking synths and modulated kicks that snap together in succinct patterns, infusing super fly groove into an oscillation of bass and galactic beats. With distorted vocals and a Claude Von Stroke vocal sample coalescing, J-Lektro manages to bring forth a tech-house beauty sophisticated in nature and slick in execution.
Coming from a rich and diverse musical lineage, J-Lektro's music embodies the principles of rave culture that can only have been catalyzed by his cross-cultural Chicago and UK upbringing. His music has received critical acclaim and support from Pete Tong, with his track "Robotic Warriors" featured on the respected DJ's Bedroom Bedlam segment at the young age of 14. Fast forward to today and J-Lektro has performed at venues across Chicago and shows no signs of slowing down, with a deep house track coming later this year.
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