Video premiere: ‘Too Low to Get High’ by Kalu & the Electric Joint

Soulful artist Kalu James came to the United States from Nigeria when he was 18. Now, at 35, he’s been a fixture on the Austin music scene for well over a decade, both as a solo artist and with his new project Kalu & the Electric Joint.

The Electric Joint pairs James with guitarist Jonathan “J.T.” Holt and drummer John Speice. They honed their musical vision in a three-year residency at the Continental Gallery and have a new album “Time Undone” due out on Dec. 8. It fuses elements of gutsy blues rock, hip-hop and psychedelic fuzz into what they call a “boogie-down blend of ethno-funk and neo-soul.”

The first single, “Too Low to Get High” is a simmering slow burner of a breakup song that covers the rollercoaster of emotion unleashed when a relationship ends.

“‘First there’s the sadness/grief, then the need to pull yourself back up again, and finally the reflection of the whole saga which is a mixed bag of acceptance of fault and the longing of what was,” James said.

Kalu James performs at the Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park during New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31, 2015.RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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