Friday, June 14, 2013

Luke James: I.O.U.

Just turned 29 yesterday, New Orleans native Luke James went to the same high school as the slightly younger Frank Ocean, and like Ocean, he got his start writing songs for big names in the music industry before making a name for himself as an artist by way of buzz generating mixtapes.

'#Luke' dropped in 2011 and included the Grammy-nominated single "I Want You"; it was followed up last year with 'Whispers in the Dark' which was made available as a free digital download.  His debut studio album 'Made To Love' will be released July 16. The first single 'Make Love to Me' came out in January.

The second single "I.O.U." dropped in February: its irresistible mix of Luke James' gorgeous vocals, a hypnotic beat and a killer bass line puts this track solidly alongside the best material that Frank Ocean and Miguel have delivered. (Maybe the three of them could do a Three Tenors style concert?)

NOTE: James opened up for Beyoncé on the just wrapped European leg of her 'Mrs. Carter' world tour. Make sure to check the links for updates on future solo concert dates.