Sun29Oct 2017
Jose James
+ Poppy Ajudha
VENUE: Islington Assembly Hall view map

Upper Street, London Borough of Islington, N1 2UD
Jose James UK London 2017 show UPDATED ANNOUCEMENT: It is with a heavy heart that José needs to reschedule his Europe shows for this spring. After a technical issue at soundcheck early this week, José sustained temporary hearing damage from which he is now recovering. We are happy to report that he will not suffer any permanent hearing loss. However, Jose’s doctors have advised that he not perform for at least another two weeks until he fully recuperates so we are rescheduling dates for later in the year. Thanks, Team JJ

José James had a very specific vision for his seventh album: "It's the end of my jazz career. Completely." Perhaps some clarification is in order. The New York singer and songwriter, who in 2015 dropped a full-album tribute to Billie Holiday (Yesterday I Had the Blues), is here reborn as a powerful voice in contemporary R&B. While this is a man who's never been defined or confined by a genre, Love in a Time of Madness is something new: a focused foray into moody soul, electronic pop, and trap-addled beats, with the occasional influence of African folk, American gospel and—as befits our host's upbringing—Minneapolitan funk. And though James' voice is no less agile and his ear no less adventurous, this is also his most relatable, daresay sexiest work yet, detailing love's ups and downs without holding back an ounce of emotion.