Monday, 14 January 2013

Stream: Jose James - 'No Beginning No End'

NPR made available earlier today a streaming for the new Jose James LP, entitled 'No Beginning No End'. We normally write our intros to streaming but we really liked the one we founded at NPR so... here it goes...

Excerpt from NPR:

"In Harlem back at the dawn of the last century, there was a dance called the Messaround. To do it, you'd bounce on your toes, shimmy your middle and keep your shoulders as still as possible. It was more a show of dexterity than a choreographed routine. It was sexy but playful, hard to define, yet easy to blend with other dances. The Messaround made the hybrid soul of popular music into a physical thing; it showed how discipline and release, fun and serious skill, complement each other.

The vocalist José James makes utterly contemporary music more grounded in neo-soul and hip-hop's Native Tongues movement than in the dance crazes of the 1920s. Yet in his elegant, cerebral, seductive way, James is definitely doing the Messaround. His fourth album skirts categories with ease, fitting in with current R&B innovators like Frank Ocean or Miguel, yet maintaining a strong awareness of a lineage that stretches from Ray Charles to Marvin Gaye to Lou Rawls to Maxwell."

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