Sunny Levine. Photo by Abby Ross
Sunny Levine. Photo by Abby Ross

Imagine your grandfather is Quincy Jones. Expectations would be practically paralyzing if you were to step into the producer’s booth. But L.A.-based Sunny Levine’s debut album Volume 1, out December 8 under the moniker Boss Selection, is a smooth, assured affair, with plenty of retro disco and R&B vibes and a distinctly Californian sense of ease. Musicians like Pete Yorn lend their vocals to Levine’s production, though the most delightful performer is actually his aunt Rashida Jones, who absolutely kills the R&B track “Flip and Rewind.” “I’ve always known she can sing,” says Levine, 36. “Now everybody else does, too.”