José James returns with his third solo studio album this Summer, announcing a June 10th release date for While You Were Sleeping through Blue Note Records.
Since debuting his contemporary jazz album The Dreamer, released via Brownswood in 2008, the Minneapolis, Minnesota born singer’s music has become more diverse with each of his releases; working with acclaimed experimental electronic producer Flying Lotus throughout his subsequent 2010 LP Blackmagic, then introducing more R&B vibes with his No Beginning, No End album in 2013.
Recorded in Brooklyn, New York, his latest, While You Were Sleeping continues along a soulful path – including a cover of Al Green‘s “Simply Beautiful” featuring trumpeter Takuya Kuroda – with further twists to come; some tracks reportedly introducing elements of rock, inspired by Jimi Hendrix, with the addition of guitarist Brad Allen Williams to his band alongside keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Solomon Dorsey and drummer Richard Spaven.
“This album is a synthesis of everything I love about music, from contemporary artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake and Junip to groundbreaking artists I grew up with like Nirvana, Radiohead and Madlib,” José says of the eclectic LP, which he produced himself along with Brian Bender.
“It’s also a love letter to many late nights spent in East London clubs like Plastic People and Cargo, watching new movements unfold in electronic music. I want people to feel the joy of discovery that I experience night after night onstage, reaching for something new.”
José kicks off a brief run of US tourdates this month previewing his new music live onstage, starting in Philadelphia on April 15th, followed by a second string of album release shows, kicking off at New York’s Highline Ballroom on June 12th, with further dates to come.
Stay tuned for the album’s opening single “EveryLittleThing” dropping on April 15th, with the album While You Were Sleeping to follow on June 10th. See below for full tracklisting and tourdates.
While You Were Sleeping Tracklist:
1. Angel (José James)
2. U r the 1 (J. James/T. Billig/K. Bowers/B. Williams)
3. While You Were Sleeping (J. James)
4. Anywhere U Go (J. James/S. Dorsey)
5. Bodhisattva (J. James/S. Dorsey)
6. 4 Noble Truths (J. James)
7. Dragon feat. Becca Stevens (Becca Stevens)
8. Salaam (K. Bowers/B. Williams/S. Dorsey/R. Spaven)
9. Without U (J. James/T. Billig/B. Williams)
10. EveryLittleThing (J. James/K. Bowers)
11. xx (J. James)
12. Simply Beautiful feat. Takuya Kuroda (Al Green)
José James US Tourdates:
April 15 – World Café Life – Philadelphia, PA
April 17-18 – Scullers – Boston, MA
April 20 – Evanston SPACE – Chicago, IL
April 21 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
April 22-23 – Dazzle – Denver, CO
April 24 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
April 25 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR
April 26 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 12 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
June 15 – Playboy Jazz Festival @ Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
June 20 – Magoffin Auditorium – El Paso, TX
June 21 – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre – San Antonio, TX
June 22 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
June 26 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC
June 28 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA