News Podcasts — 06 August 2012

Lewis James - Podcast #9 mixed by Lewis James (Aug '12)

Lewis James

Born in Ireland and currently living in Amsterdam with past stints in London and Montreal, Lewis James has been making music for a long time, influenced most notably by his love of early experimental hip hop from the likes of edIT and Prefuse 73 and his experiences in the scratch scene during the 00s. A featuring on a Foreign Beggars mixtape and pro- duction credits for the Grandeurs of Delusion debut alongside longtime friends Jimmy Hatetank and Maroon followed, though nothing could have quite prepared us all for the Heavy Romance EP. His first official release and a return to production after a few years of silence, Heavy Romance is loud and brash, sort of like two oil rigs going at it. Imagine that eh?

The EP features three club friendly tracks – Everything, Only Me, Peroxyde Blonde – that operate somewhere on the fringes of today’s more popular sounds and tempos. Blending live instruments with intricate programming, edits and an ear for catching the listener off guard, the tracks sound like some unholy alliance between Night Slugs, Roll Deep and MJ Cole. The music was written with the dancefloor in mind, and based on existing feedback from some of our favourite producers and DJs it seems to work exactly as planned. This is not a simple rehashing of what’s hot, it has its own twist, the sort of personal take that will leave people wanting more.

The fourth track, Your Hands (remix), is just as unique but gentler, more suited to set endings or dreamier selections. The lyrics were his grandmother’s last words uttered on her death bed and sung here by Kiki Manders. It was originally recorded as an acoustic song during a unique time of family togetherness and here it’s been reworked into a beautiful electronic ballad in a way that Lewis feels is how his grandmother would like her words to be remembered. Honest music might be a term that’s banded about but here it’s about as genuine as it gets.


1. Lewis James (feat. Kiki Manders) – Your Hands (Remix)
2. Jamie Woon – Lady Luck (Hud Mo Remix)
3. The Weeknd – Gone (Dolor Remix)
4. Lewis James – Everything
5. Om Mas Keith – Om Unit Refix
6. Clams Casino – Leaf
7. Lorn – Diamonds
8. Liar – Upgholstery
9. Krampfhat – Makin’ Magic
10. Eprom – Honey Badger
11. Lewis James – Million Dollar Lady (Dawn Day Night Remix)
12. UZ – Trap No. 7
13. Wizard – Run Me Down
14. Tnght – Goooo
15. Digi G’Alessio – Mike Tyson
16. Lewis James – Vesuvius


Lewis James – Heavy Romance EP – Out August 8th 2012 on RAID SYSTEM

Comments from Artists/DJs:

“The spiraling rolling pattern on Peroxide Blonde is ridiculous. Whole thing is pure quality, really.”
- Lorn (Ninja Tune / Brainfeeder)

“Dope. Peroxide Blonde got that grimey touch I love! Great engineering and sound on the whole packaget”
– Salva (FoF / Frite Nite)

“This is sick. Can’t quite catagorise it and that’s what it’s all about for me. Some bizarre Todd Edward / MJ Cole vocal business. Love it.”
- Fracture (Astrophonica)

“The production is really clean yet heavy especially with drums on ‘Everything.’ I can see this making a lot of impact in a variety of circles with the mix of influences.”
– BD1982 (Seclusiasis / Diskotopia)

Purchase: Lewis James – Heavy Romance EP


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