One of the best things about summer, besides the abundance of outdoor shows to choose from, is the time to delve into new albums en route to said shows. June yielded several road trip and airplane friendly albums including José James’ standout latest offering, ‘While You Were Sleeping’. Known for merging the old with the new via the blending of neo-soul, electronic, hip-hop and classic jazz influences on previous efforts, José boldly brings touches of punk and folk into the foray this time around. On the experimental tip, he puts a trademark Generation X/Y blurred stamp on your definition of genre.
Connecting with José during his release week, the excitement was palpable and he warmly discussed the new album direction, future projects including a Billie Holiday album, WTF moments with Aretha Franklin and all-star studio sessions, touchy-feely or panty-throwing fans and more. Peep the soundclips and visit José’s site for more album and world tour info!