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Free R&B: Luke James - 'Whispers in the Dark' Mixtape

By December 13, 2012

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In 2012 singer-songwriter Luke James, formerly one half of the R&B duo Luke & Q, made his mark on the music scene as a solo artist with the single "I Want You," a tune so strong that it was nominated for a 2013 Grammy. And while his official debut album, Made to Love, isn't due out for a few more months, but to keep his momentum going, he's just dropped a free digital mixtape called Whispers in the Dark. Whispers, which is helmed entirely by the producer Danja, features a handful of full songs as well as a short intro, outro and a few interludes. The mini-album is very sensual -- you might even say sexually-charged -- release, with some songs bordering on the romantic tone of "I Want You," but others being strictly about lust and desire. Luke, who first made his mark in the industry writing lyrics for pop stars like Chris Brown, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, proves here that he's more than capable of stepping into the spotlight and becoming the main attraction himself. This release, which centered around the love triangle theme of the  Spike Lee/Denzel Washington film "Mo Better Blues," is a significant step forward creatively from his previous mixtape, #Luke, which dropped back in December 2011. No word yet on when his full debut album will drop in 2013, but Whispers in the Dark can be streamed or downloaded via the link below (warning: some songs contain explicit lyrics).

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