New In Music This Week (1.20.23): José James, Låpsley & More!

Ready to discover the newest sounds? Check out our roundup of new music releases this week featuring R&B smoothie Jose James, electro-pop star Låpsley and other rising stars.

The world of music is always in motion, and this week is no exception! We’ve got several exciting new releases from some of the best artists working in music today. José James is back interpreting Erykah Badu with his signature blend of jazz and soul, while UK artist Låpsley brings back her unique blend of pop and electronic soundscapes.

Whether you’re looking for something soulful, something new, or something that pushes the boundaries of genre, this week’s selection of music has something for everyone. So grab your headphones and get ready to explore the best new music this week.


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This week’s Album Of The Week is José James-“On & On”

From the promo material…

On & On: José James Sings Badu

When José James released No Beginning No End 2 (2020), a collaborative effort that paired the forward-looking vocalist with a global all-star cast including Ledisi, Aloe Blacc and Laura Mvula, it was apparent that the genre-defying artist was back to stake his claim as the jazz singer for the hip-hop generation. In that light his new project, On & On, finds James throwing down the gauntlet on the past 100 years of jazz singing while charting a path forward for the culture.

“It’s simple” James explains. “Jazz singing has always been about interpreting the highest level of standards of your time. And for my generation Erykah Badu has been one of the most innovative and incisive songwriters. Her work has proven to be groundbreaking in a social, musical and artistic sense.”


New In Music This Week-Album Of The Week: José James-“On & On”

Tracklisting:

  1. On & On feat. Diana Dzhabbar & Ebban Dorsey
  2. Didn’t Cha Know feat. Ebban Dorsey
  3. Green Eyes feat. BIGYUKI & Diana Dzhabbar
  4. The Healer feat. Ebban Dorsey
  5. Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long feat. Ebban Dorsey
  6. Out My Mind, Just In Time
  7. Bag Lady feat. Diana Dzhabbar

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1. José James-“On & On” (Qobuz)


2. Sebastian Rochford, Kit Downes -“A Short Diary” (Qobuz)


3. Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet -“Introducing Hideyasu Terakawa Quartet Live Featuring Hiroshi Fujii” (Qobuz)


4. Pleasure Raft -“Flamingo” (Qobuz)


5. The Heavy Hours – “The Heavy Hours” (Qobuz)


6. Måneskin – “RUSH!” (Qobuz)


7. Adam Nass – “By My Side” (Qobuz)


8. Mac DeMarco – “Five Easy Hot Dogs” (Qobuz)


9. Låpsley – “Cautionary Tales of Youth” (Qobuz)


10. Oddisee – “To What End” (Qobuz)


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