The world has been clamoring for new Luke James music ever since “I Want You” hit the scene with an emotional and vocal punch, and finally, we’re going to get more with the latest EP Whispers in the Dark which drops tomorrow.
The Ne-Yo penned and and Salaam Remi produced “Make Love To Me” sets the tone and frames Luke’s voice well. It’s hard to nail down singers like Luke James usually. Pop radio wants jams of the moment, but ballads tend to appeal to older folks. They’ve attempted to bridge the gap with the all snaps and synths “Make Love To Me”. There’s no 808, no bass drops, no EDM dance floor craziness to be found in this song. The highlight is on Luke’s more than capable and excellent voice, as it should be with a vocal talent like his.
The sexy vibe of the video features a bunch of familiar faces — Terry Ellis (En Vogue), Stacey Barthe, my wife Kelly Rowland and Omari Hardwick. The treatment of the video is also based on the famous Ernie Barnes painting “Sugar Shack” — which was used for a Marvin Gaye album cover (I Want You) and on the TV show “Good Times”. It all fits so well. Luke is playing up his handsome looks, mixing it with a sexy crowd full of beautiful people, and then singing his ass off. Who isn’t mad about that? The vibe is right, the music is tight, and I can’t wait to hear what Luke does next.
Sidenote: I love Luke James’ ugly stank sing face. Ole boy emotes and sings with his whole body — like a true singer does and should!