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Loraine James - Reflection
Loraine James
Reflection
LP | 2021 | UK | Original (Hyperdub)
19,99 €*
Release:2021 / UK – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder available from 04.06.2021
Made During Summer 2020, Loraine James' Second Hyperdub Album, `Reflection', Is A Turbulent Expression Of Inner-Space, Laid Out In Unflinching Honesty, Offering Gentle Empathy And Bitter-Sweet Hope. `Reflection' Further Develops A Unique Pop Sensibility Realised On Last Year's `Nothing Ep', While Tones Of Drill And R&B Seep Through Into This Collection Too. In Contrast To The Brash Splashes Of 2019's `For You And I' Lp And The Grimey Anger Of `Nothing', `Reflection' Is Pared-Down And Confident, Taking The Listener Through How Last Year Felt As A Young Black Queer Woman In A World That Has Suddenly Stopped Moving, The Arc Of The Album Peppered With Loraine's Diaristic Confessions. Starting Positively With The Gentle Pop-Trap Of `Built To Last' Ft Xzavier Stone, Into The Bumpy Instrumental Of `Let's Go', The Album Switches Tone With `Simple Stuff', Followed By Regular Collaborator Le3 Black Amplifying Loraine's Vulnerability On The Downcast Drill Of `Black Ting', Then `Insecure Behaviour And Fuckery' Is A Techno Glide Which Pairs Nova's Confrontational Plea For Respect, Delivered In Monotone Autotune, Against Deep Drexciyan Chords. With Baths On Vocals, The Weightlessness Of `On The Lake Outside' Soothes Numb Feelings, And Eden Samara Explores The Shadow World Of Anxious Dreams On The Airy R&B Of `Running Like That'. Closing Track `We're Building Something New' With Manchester Rapper Iceboy Violet Brings The Album Together, Confidently Suggesting A New World Is In Reach. `Reflection' Is A Brave Step Forward For A Unique And Creative 21st Century Musician.
Loraine James - Nothing EP
Loraine James
Nothing EP
12" | 2020 | UK | Original (Hyperdub)
13,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Loraine James follows up 2019's acclaimed 'For You And I' album with a new four track EP, `Nothing'. Her chosen collaborators empathetically extend the feeling in her music with their own unique energies; Uruguayan singer and producer Lila Tirdo a Violeta, Farsi language rapper Tardast, and Htrk front-woman Jonnine Standish. The arc of the EP starts with Lila Tirdo's numb, repeated vocal on the title track. On `Marg', meaning "death" in Farsi, the tense drama of Tardast's despairing poetry describes the hopelessness of refugee experience, cold chords rolling sympathetically around his words. Jonnine shifts the mood with `Don't You See It?', recounting a moment of clarity which allowed her to leave a destructive relationship, Final track `The Starting Point` finds Loraine solo, with punched in bass and chaotic drums pushed through fxs that settle into a plaintive piano melody, the first and only instrument she says she's able to play "properly".
Loraine James - For You And I
Loraine James
For You And I
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Hyperdub)
18,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Raised in the multicultural and mind-broadening London borough of Enfield, Loraine James grew up hearing everything from steel pan music to Metallica, from jazz and electronica to drill and grime, and the results of this exposure can be heard on 'For You And I'. In part the album explores the complexities of being in a queer relationship in London - "I'm in love and wanted to share that in some way _ to make songs that reflect layers of my relationship." - and as a whole 'For You and I' is rhythmically free flowing and sprawling, with melodies that evolve into rippling keys, feeling like a live jam session with a jazz mentality, contrasting the delicate and abrasive. Opener 'Glitch Bitch' is a warm ear-worm, brandishing swirling textures with undulating keys and compressed percussion, with an introspective theme revisited soon after on third track 'So Scared', whose glitched percussion and syncopated dub bassline build to a frantic meltdown melody. On 'London Ting // Dark As Fuck', inspired by Dizzee Rascals's 'Boy In Da Corner', James explores the darker side of her production with her frequent collaborator Le3 BLACK laying verses over the skeletal track. 'Hand Drops' is an instrumental, about public displays of affection in a queer relationship. 'Sensual' reflects on intimacy with vocals by UK singer Theo, who's lyrics capture love and gentleness over a soft, minimal production of ethereal keys and scattered glitches. The albums' title track is also the most colourful, it's ecstatic and effusive chaos driven by fervent synths expressing elation and the joyful side of her relationship, while 'My Future' is a more reflective moment, where warping synths wash in and out with compressed kicks, as the artist considers the dangers that may come with her relationship : "I wanna tie the knot / But the rope is dangerous". 'For You And I' is a deeply intimate and personal offering, expressing happiness, anxiety, joy, sensuality and fear through a vivid sound palette and an experimental sense of rhythm.
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