There are a lot of vocalists out there with immense skill and deep soul, yet José James’ voice will always stand out in a crowd. Having spent the past few years digging into Bill Withers’ catalogue, the songwriter returns to his genre-defying roots with a new single from a forthcoming album entitled No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to his previous album of the same name. The new track “I Need Your Love” finds James collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated artists Ledisi and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah for a smooth, gently bumping love song.
Bookended with Scott’s signature affecting trumpet phrasing, James uses his timeless, buttery smooth vocals to croon to a romantic partner in a way that is distinctly his own. Ledisi provides the song’s second verse, offering a gorgeous counterpart to James over tight, crackling instrumentals from the formidable rhythm section. All the elements converge for a captivating single with James taking his talents into the future of soulful sonic possibilities.
No Beginning No End 2 features a wide array of guest artists including Laura Mvula, Aloe Blacc, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali, and more. The album is set for release on March 6 2020 on Rainbow Blonde Records and is available to pre-order here. "I Need Your Love" is available to stream or download here.