Album Review : Jose James “Blackmagic” LP


Worldwide Release : January 24th, 2010
Label: Brownswood

Jose James wants no part of the sophmore slump. Ever since being discovered by and signed to Gilles Peterson’s record label Brownswood he has more than lived up to the hype and is one the freshest faces in vocal jazz and neo-soul. His debut “The Dreamer” was widely acclaimed as one of the best records in 2008 and he hasn’t exactly been slacking off since…

In between those two records he collaborated with countless a-list producers like Flying Lotus, Nicola Conte, Jazzanova, Timo Lassy been giving the dubstep remix treatment by Joy Orbison, the deep detroit touch by Moodymann.

First off “Blackmagic” is a bit less on the vocal jazz vibe (although there are still some jazzy gems), and a little more on the neo-soul vibe (think Gil Scott-Heron meets Anthony Hamilton and Jill Scott) but the quality of the record is way up there; just a slightly different touch. In addition to Jose behind the mic, there is major major heat on the boards for this record: Moodymann, Mitsu the Beats, Flylo, and more…



Montreal-based DJ and the founder (2007) and 24 Hours of Vinyl (2011).