Anyone who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to clearly isn’t acquainted with the work of Jose James. The singer/songwriter/producer creates compelling future soul crafted from elements of classic R&B, funk, jazz, and pop. His sophomore LP is a heady brew, flavored by the incredible talents of collaborators Ledisi, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Laura Mvula, Aloe Blacc, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, and Taali. Vibrant, lush, and bold, No Beginning No End 2 sounds more alive than 90% of the albums you’ll hear this year. It’s a self-assured, vital release that should land James the bigger audience he deserves.