Alternative soul singer and Jesus 0f Nazareth look-a-like, JMSN (pronounced “Jameson”), is back to serenade us with yet another funky, soulful jam. The artist impressed us with his fresh R&B stylings on his last album, JMSN (Blue Album), not to mention his throwback videos for “Addicted” and “Waves.” While we’re a little crestfallen his latest single doesn’t come with any spiffy visuals (yet), we are still highly impressed by the dope groove the Michigan-born artist has crafted with “Cruel Intentions.”
On “Cruel Intentions,” JMSN is attempting to work out some relationship issues. He laments, “I made my fair share of mistakes / I’ve had my fair share of bad patience / I met the real, I met the fake / Starting to learn, not much time to take.” The track is a departure from JMSN’s usual brand of throwback R&B. Instead of the classic ’90s sound we enjoyed on his last outing, JMSN takes things further back with a truly old school, sparse, velvety track with impressive live instrumentation of teetering hi-hats, funky bass guitar and horns reminiscent of D’Angelo‘s “Send It On.” As always, JMSN brings it home with a voice that is enchanting not only in its timber but his ability to deliver emotions that make you feel his struggle.
“Cruel Intentions” is the first single from JMSN’s upcoming album, simply titled It Is, dropping on May 6th and available for pre-order on iTunes right now. JMSN will also hit the road for an accompanying tour. You can learn when he’ll be performing in a city near you on his website.