Luke James returns with his new R&B "pre-album" 'Whispers in the Dark.'

The New Orleans singer releases this 10-song teaser to tide fans over until his 2013 studio effort. Producer-rapper Hit-Boy provides the only guest verse on 'Oh God,' a melancholy love song. "You left me with these tears baby and gave me all these fears baby," Luke croons.

'The Blues' has a tender jazz feel and provides a nice bed for James' vocal talents while 'Hurt Me' is a sultry and sensual ode. "When I'm in your hood, all we do is bang, bang, bang," sings the 2013 Grammy nominated artist.

The singer earned a nod for Best R&B Performance for his track 'I Want You.' He's up against fellow crooners Miguel and Usher.

Download 'Whispers in the Dark' here.

Listen to Luke James' 'Whispers in the Dark' Mixtape


Watch Luke James' 'I Want You'