José James kicked off 2013 with one of the best albums we heard that year, No Beginning, No End. Now it seems that the singer is ready to make 2014 his year to shine as well with the announcement that his fifth studio album, While You Were Sleeping, will arrive this June. The set looks to be a slight departure from the smooth, jazz-tinged stylings that we've become accustomed to from the singer.
"This album is a synthesis of everything I love about music," José said in press release, “from contemporary artists like Frank Ocean, James Blake and Junip to groundbreaking artists I grew up with like Nirvana, Radiohead and Madlib."
With a mix of inspirations that sounds that eclectic (and features from Takuya Kuroda and Becca Stevens), we can expect to hear songs that feature new elements, like the rumored rock feel that new single "EveryLittleThing" will bring when it's released on April 15th. While we wait to hear exactly how good that sounds, there's also news that Jose will be embarking on two short tours to promote the project, starting with an eight-city run in April and a seven-city run after the album's released in June.
Excited yet? Well, while you prepare for the fifth coming of José, check out his upcoming tour dates and the tracklist for While You Were Sleeping, which will hit stores on June 10th.
José James While You Were Sleeping tracklist:
1. Angel (José James)
2. U r the 1 (J. James/T. Billig/K. Bowers/B. Williams)
3. While You Were Sleeping (J. James)
4. Anywhere U Go (J. James/S. Dorsey)
5. Bodhisattva (J. James/S. Dorsey)
6. 4 Noble Truths (J. James)
7. Dragon feat. Becca Stevens (Becca Stevens)
8. Salaam (K. Bowers/B. Williams/S. Dorsey/R. Spaven)
9. Without U (J. James/T. Billig/B. Williams)
10. EveryLittleThing (J. James/K. Bowers)
11. xx (J. James)
12. Simply Beautiful feat. Takuya Kuroda (Al Green)
José James U.S. Tour Dates:
April 15 – World Café Life – Philadelphia, PA
April 17-18 – Scullers – Boston, MA
April 20 – Evanston SPACE – Chicago, IL
April 21 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
April 22-23 – Dazzle – Denver, CO
April 24 – The Triple Door – Seattle, WA
April 25 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR
April 26 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
June 12 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
June 15 – Playboy Jazz Festival @ Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
June 20 – Magoffin Auditorium – El Paso, TX
June 21 – Charline McCombs Empire Theatre – San Antonio, TX
June 22 – Empire Control Room – Austin, TX
June 26 – The Pour House – Raleigh, NC