On So Emotional, Brandon James is able to link together a tremendously charismatic set of vocals with taut instrumentation. The song brings in hints of soul, funk, and 1970s R&B with James impressing his own unique vocals into every note. The dynamic between Brandon’s vocals and the horn is the focal point of the single’s second minute before a more contemplative sound begins to dominate. We’re absolutely in love with the chunky bass that plays at the bottom of the track, which provides a solid counterpoint to the higher register that Brandon hits at around the three minute mark. A twinkling production ensures that each element is able to work alone or as a contributor for something much greater than the sum of the song’s constituent parts.
We first took a look at Brandon James back in 2015.