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HEAVY ROMANCE EP / LEWIS JAMES (August 8th)

[TITLE] HEAVY ROMANCE EP
[ARTIST] LEWIS JAMES

Tracklisting:
1. Everything
2. Only Me
3. Peroxyde Blonde
4. Your Hands (remix)

Lewis James:
アイルランド出身、ロンドン/モントリオール経由のアムステルダム在住。edIT や Prefuse 73といった初期の実験的hip hopの影響、また2000年代のスクラッチシーンでの自身の経験に基づいて、長い間音楽作りを続けてきた。
中でもForeign Beggarsミックステープへのフィーチャーや、友人でもあるJimmy Hatetank and Maroonと共に参加したGrandeurs of Delusionのデビュー作で彼を知る人は、このHeavy Romance EPに良い意味で裏切られるだろう。

Heavy Romance EP:
彼自身初のオフィシャルリリースとなる今作には新参者の遠慮は全くない。強引なまでに直球を打ち込んでくる迫力のサウンドは2台の石油掘削機が「ぶつかり合う」カバーアートに表現されている。
クラブでその威力を発揮するのは、Everything, Only Me, Peroxyde Blondeの3曲であろう。今最もポピュラーなベースミュージックサウンドに彼の持ち味であるメロディー展開をブレンド。テンポも踊りやすいものばかりだ。聴く者の予想を裏切り続けるエディットはNight Slugsと Roll Deep 、MJ Coleの掛け合わせといった禁断のコンビネーションと言えるだろう。
Your Hands (remix)も他の3曲と同様にユニークでありながら、より柔らかいタッチに仕上がっている。セットの締めやユルい雰囲気のDJにも使いたい1曲だ。元々は家族が集まり祖母を追悼する中で出来上がったアコースティックの曲であったが、今回壮麗なエレクトロニック・バラードとして生まれ変わった。祖母の最期の言葉を彼女の望む形で残せたのではないかとLewisは語る。

アーティスト/DJからのコメント//////////

「儚い旋律が力強いベースサウンドの上で共存している。これぞベース・ミュージックのネクスト・ステージ。首を振るだけが音楽じゃないんです。必聴!」 – CHAKI(THE LOWBROWS)

“シンプルで機能的なベースミュージックのリリースが多い今、メロディーをしっかりと聴かせてくれて、飽きない展開のダンスミュージックを聴きたいと思っていた。このLEWIS JAMESのEPは、その全てを解決!” – BROKEN HAZE

“BROKEN HAZEから教えてもらう音はいつも刺激的で、中でも彼が参加するraid systemからの新作はジャケのインパクト(交尾するタンカー?!)も相まって鮮明に記憶に残っている。今年の夏を彩るにふさわしい現代(いま)な音像のサウンドトラック。中でもOnly Me, Your Hands (remix)が好きです。 – ” Takeru John Otoguro (Block.fm)

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.

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)

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