If only there were more info to accompany this track… all we know is that “Vicadin” is produced by Flying Lotus, and it may be a single from an upcoming follow-up to Jose James‘ Black Magic. Jose just put this up on his Soundcloud account without much explanation, but we’re not complaining. Bonus Jose James download after the jump…
Tomorrow, December 3rd, Giant Step Presents José James; plus TK Wonder & Ben Perowsky’s Moodswing Orchestra, and DJ GE-OLOGY in a very rare Brooklyn appearance at Littlefield. According to José James this is going to be the very last performance of the Blackmagic concert series. That’s right folks, the very last one! So make sure you grab your tickets in advance to avoid long lines at the door.
“This project is very close to my heart. It’s a tribute to not only the greats like Marvin Gaye and Leon Ware, but to our contemporary giants like Flying Lotus and Benga. I’ve toured Blackmagic in 30 countries this year and worked with an amazing group of artists and producers on the album – Gilles Peterson, Flying Lotus, Moodymann, Taylor McFerrin, DJ Mitsu the Beats, Richard Spaven, and many more. From Paris to Sao Paolo, people have showed us mad love! How fitting that the final show is in New York, the place where I got my first Lotus beat labeled “Blackmagic” and opened the door to making the record. This is going to be a night to remember.” – José James
Our show with José James this weekend was a great success. José and his band were on point with their blend of classic jazz structures, experimental sounds and hip hop rhythms. Jordana de Lovely sang background vocals, providing a nice feminine counterpart to José’s smooth deep voice.
Between songs, José made sure to thank his major influences and collaborators, including Flying Lotus and Taylor McFerrin. He noted Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington (and many more) after his version of “Save Your Love For Me,” and expressed his dedication to Billy Strayhorn before launching into “Lush Life.” Overall, José and the band wowed the audience with various tracks from Blackmagic and a couple tracks off his upcoming project with Jef Neve on Impulse, For All We Know.
Enjoy the photos, and a big thank you to those of you who came out!
After a 2 year absence from NYC, José James is finally back and he has a brand new CD to show off. Blackmagic, released February 1st, has been garnering steady critical acclaim since its release. Featuring the likes of Flying Lotus on the production team, this album is both a nod to José’s jazz roots as well as a step into a new R&B laden sound for him. Put Me On It blogger said it best when she said “this is the kind of album that makes you want to name your first born José, even if you’re Nigerian.”
He will be making a rare NYC appearance on Saturday, April 17 at Hiro Ballroom. There are very limited advance tickets and table reservations available here.
If you haven’t heard the new album, you should do yourself a favor and get it now. In the meanwhile here is a remix of his new track “Warrior.”
Check out the video for “Code,” produced by Flying Lotus:
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