Jeffrey James, Downtown Review
Jeffrey James is a pop and R&B singer based in Nashville who combines contemporary sounds, straightforward songwriting, and an authoritative voice. James is a versatile songwriter for artists across various genres. His most recent work includes a collaboration with Sony Norway’s Tungevaag & Raaban (Cold Blood) and his own 2017 EP, Unsaid. Raised in Indiana, James developed a love of melodies from his great-uncle, who literally wrote the book on how to play guitar (Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books). With early influences including Chicago and Bill Withers, and more recently, Janelle Monáe, Jon Bellion, and Twenty One Pilots. In support of his Walls and Unsaid EPs, James performed at festivals such as Firefly and Forecastle, and has shared the stage with X Ambassadors and Rachel Platten. He is currently working on various projects and collaborations with artists and DJ’s from the US and Western Europe. James is now releasing his first single from his upcoming 2020 EP, East London titled “Downtown.”Positives: Solid pop production surrounds James’ charismatic vocals as he delivers the melody with enthusiasm and vigor. Bottom Line: “Downtown” has a captivating melody and storyline. James’ vocal range and quality are substantial as the song develops with added backing vocals and synth sounds. The second time through the form, the development continues. Unfortunately, the hi-hat pattern is a little generic, but is only used for one section and rest of the tune’s form keeps things flowing and fresh. The main star of this track is James’ warm and masculine vocal quality that carries the song with finesse. The production is solid, and the mix allows each part to be heard without overpowering James’ vocals. This song is a wonderful first single from James’ upcoming EP East London. “Downtown” makes the wait for the EP to drop even more exciting. That’s the short of it!
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Release Date: January 17, 2020