José James has been busy touring, but apparently a new album is due very soon. In the meanwhile, make sure take 120 seconds or longer & enjoy the free DL from a live show late last year.

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These 2 hit it off after Neve played keys at José James’ show recently in Brussels.  Neve booked a studio the day after and they just pressed the record button – no dubs, producer or mulitple takes….just vibes!!

“We just played the songs we love the way we felt them, with no constraints. Playing as a duo is very pure and honest; it’s just you, the piano and silence.”

I have only heard the clips but can’t wait until it drops. It will be out in Europe on 1st June on the legendary Impluse Records.


José is back with his 2nd full length album which I have played a good 50x since it dropped a  month ago. Whether its better than his 1st album – I will leave that for you to decide, but it is without a doubt the best CD so far in 2010. Blackmagic is an album all about love, with Taylor McFerrin having produced the jazzier numbers, and beatmakers Moodyman, Mitsu and Flying Lotus in charge of the more neo soul/ hip hop flavoured tracks. José  James’s baritone voice is a breath of fresh air and lyrics packed with sincerity. This is another quality Brownswood GP backed project. Make sure you catch The José James Quartet live on tour in Europe this month and also cop the white 12″/ Ep which dropped last week……….Yes they are all essential.

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Mitsu 7"

One of Japan’s finest beat makers in the underground hip hop scene – DJ Mitsu,  is back with a new LP for 2009. This 7″ happens to be the 1st sampler for the album which is available on the legendary Jazzy Sport imprint from Shibuya. NYC’s Brownswood representive Mr José James blesses this release with some sweet & soulful vocals. Essential stuff…………