Issued on his own label Rainbow Blonde the formidable José James has released 'You Know What It Do', a song the singer co-wrote with Talia Billig and Scott Jacoby described by the label as ''his homage to Prince and the Minneapolis funk sound he grew up with in the 80s.''
Heralding No Beginning No End 2 to be released on 6 March on 'You Know What It Do' JJ, who also plays acoustic guitar on the track, is along with Rihwa backing vocals, Marcus Machado on guitar, Brett Williams on the Hammond B3 organ, Takeshi Ohbayashi also Hammond B3, the erstwhile Pat Metheny Unity band bassist Ben Williams, Justin Brown – known for his work with Ambrose Akinmusire on drums – and Alberto Lopez playing percussion.
The release follows the deeply funky and even better perhaps 'Turn Me Up' also from No Beginning… and featuring Aloe 'I Need a Dollar' Blacc with Kris Bowers on Rhodes who was in the JJ band the last time marlbank was lucky enough to catch the organisation back at the Roundhouse in 2012, and Jamire Williams seriously grooving at the kit (and who is also on Ben Williams' I Am A Man, which is also out soon). On the Bandcamp audio also stay alert to 'I Need Your Love' featuring the deeply soulful Ledisi and popular New Orleanian trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. All shaping up very nicely for the album.