‘Tis the season for Christmas music blaring out of every speaker imaginable. While we can’t begrudge anyone for wanting to be in the holiday spirit, we also understand the need for alternative programming. Thankfully, it’s also the season to set up upcoming releases for 2020’s first quarter. That’s why José James is revealing “Turn Me Up,” his new collaboration with Aloe Blacc off his forthcoming new project No Beginning No End 2.
The collaboration is a soulful-yet-funky cut that evokes a ’70s aesthetic in the vein of Bill Withers (perhaps because José spent two years living and breathing the icon’s classic material). An arrangement filled with guitar, organ, drums, bass and horns gets the party going as the funk soul brothers invite us to pump up the volume. José leads things off on the first verse as he lets the people know that if they want more of what he’s giving, they simply need to turn the dial all the way up. Aloe follows on the second verse to echo José’s sentiments and reminds us that life’s party is BYOE (bring your own everything) and it’s all in good fun. The fellas then break it all the way down as they sing along with the bass line, singing, “Turn me up right now / Baby, let me funk it down with you.”
It’s actually surprising that it took these two peers so long to collaborate. However, the long-anticipated moment is well worth the wait. Make sure you move your volume all the way up before you press play on José James and Aloe Blacc’s new joint below.