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XXXSSS Tokyo 4th Single [DAWGZ] out now!

Artist:  XXXSSS Tokyo
Title: DAWGZ
Format: Digital (iTunes and all major stores)
Label: XXXSSS Tokyo
Cat #:  XSTY04
Distribution: KSR Corp.
Release Date: December 21, 2016

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/dawgz-single/id1184828126?l=en

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2XpZYau10vQauvrGK0qAi3


XLII(シリー)とDJ SARASAによるベースミュージック・ユニット=XXXSSS Tokyoが「キニスン ナ! feat. MC MOGGYY」、「B.O.P.E.」、「Porra」に次ぐ2016年シングル第4弾「DAWGZ」を12 月21日にリリース!
(※2016年9月より「XXX$$$」から「XXXSSS Tokyo」へ改名しました)

今年9月の改名後、立て続けにリリースした3枚のシングル「キニスンナ! feat. MC MOGGYY」、「B.O.P.E. 」、「Porra」も好調で、さらに11月には渋谷LOUNGE NEOにて行なわれたリリースパーティも成功させた XXXSSS Tokyo。

2016年最後のリリースとなる今回のシングル「DAWGZ」(ドッグズ)はXXXSSS Tokyoの十八番(おはこ)で あるストレートなベースミュージックで、タイトルの通りスパイスとして“犬”の雄叫びが響き渡り、緊迫感と興 奮が同時に押し寄せてくるライオット(=暴動)チューンに仕上がっている。

XXXSSS Tokyoからの少し早めのクリスマスプレゼントをご堪能ください!!!

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Keeping up with the series of consecutive singles, XXXSSS Tokyo delivers their fourth release to wrap up 2016 with a loud, bassy and infinitely energetic bang.
This combo of Ukraine born / UK raised XLII, and Japan born / NYC raised DJ SARASA has been ruining fresh sneakers and fine clothing of dancers worldwide, from main stage at ULTRA JAPAN and Olympic Stadium in Korea to tropical bashments in Indonesia and goosebump locations in Mexico.

First there was something not entirely unlike soca with “Kinisunna”, then there was something not entirely unlike Brazil with “B.O.P.E” and then we said upon them: “Thou shalt dance really really wonky to the wonkiest of whistles” and they so did with “Porra”. Now, we deliver you the most beastly song in the history of XXXSSS. We give you DAWGZ. No, not your homies. This one is literally all about thugged out Chihuahuas, ripped Pomeranians and dodgy Pugs.

We’ll be honest, this tune is pretty doggy. So doggy, it’ll make you snarl. It’s so doggy, it’s got actual barks in it. It’s so very doggy, the cover’s got a dog face on it. The very dogginess of it made us call it DAWGZ. Besides the cover, AND the title, AND the pug references, AND all the barks, there’s also a particularly doggy vocal sample to put the sheer dogginess of this track in perspective. Expect to be howling, chasing tail, humping chair legs and hounding the DJ for a reload. When I say woof, you say woof! WOOF!!!

XXXSSS Tokyo - [B.O.P.E.] Out Now!

iTunes: 
https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/b.o.p.e.-single/id1159235968?l=en

Bandcamp:
https://xxxssstokyo.bandcamp.com/track/b-o-p-e


B.O.P.E.(2016年10月14日リリース)

10/14リリースの第二弾シングルは、これまでも様々な現場でプレイされてきたXXXSSS Tokyoの代名詞とも言 えるアンセム「B.O.P.E.」。ブラジル・リオデジャネイロのファヴェーラを取り締まる特殊部隊の名称を引用し たタイトルの通り、ゲットーかつトロピカルなベースサウンドが展開され、ドラムの連打とホーンに思わず体が 動き出すアゲアゲな一曲です。

なお、「キニスンナ!」、「B.O.P.E.」ともに、ジャケットのアートワークはLittle DragonのアルバムやPVを手 がけるなど、国外でも非常に評価の高いアーティストHIDEYUKI KATSUMATAが担当。ビジュアル的にも日本か ら世界へダイレクトにアプローチする作品になっています。

また、11月以降も続々と新曲をリリースしていく予定ですので、ご期待ください!

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B.O.P.E. We haven’t been to Brazil. But we imagined that we had and it was so so so so full of brass. Really many horns. There were also lots of chopped up bits of human voice, all kinds of triplets and the most excessive use of woodblock in the history of woodblock.
Recently we heard there was a ruthless police unit in Rio called B.O.P.E. and then we also heard there might’ve been a ruthless policeman at our show, shaking that bumper. At ease officer. Like the B.O.P.E. from Rio, our B.O.P.E. is bad news. Dirty, ruthless and not afraid to cause damage. There is no machine gun fire, but there is some seriously crazy woodblock and everything is suspended in a tropical flux.
Tried and tested on 1000s of club goers worldwide, this definitive XXXSSS Tokyo anthem has become the cue to strap on helmets, raise the banners and get ruthless with those dance moves. The artwork for both singles is courtesy of world renowned cartoonist Hideyuki Katsumata, known for his work with Little Dragon.

Out now! SHIFTEE x XLII x BOK NERO

XLII Interview On Soundrope

Soundropeさんにインタービューされました!
音楽の話から、地球や人類、そして日本の話まで幅広く語りましたので、人間なら、一度読んでほしいです。
日本に中々知られてないウクライナの音楽も紹介しました!

I’ve done an interview with Soundrope about my “Like Dew In The Sun” EP. Japanese only, but if you speak the language, I recommend you read it. In line with the concept of the release, large part of the interview isn’t so much about music, but about humanity at large. I’ve also introduced some interesting Ukrainian music, so be sure to check it out.

http://soundrope.com/blog/xlii-like-dew-in-the-sun/

XLII - Village Earth in Medvede Free Compilation

先月チェコの「Medvede」コンピに一曲入れて出しました。1年以上前作って忘れた物なんだけど、聴いてみたら、まだまだバイブスが好きだったから、出しました。

Village Earthって言う曲ですけど、名前通りこの地球と言えば私たち人類として経験してる一番広い世界なんだけど、なんとなくネットやら、現代の移動のしやすさによって、最近ちっちゃな村のように感じてきた。特に自分が関わる音楽業界と横乗り世界だと、どこ居ても知ってる人が居るし、ちっちゃな村民の用に地球村のローカルの話が出来るとの事のVillage Earthっていう曲です。
良かったら、フリーでDLしてください!XLII系ホップ。

One of my tunes was used for this Czech compilation Medvede last month.
I finished this tune more than a year ago, but I liked the vibe, so put it out.

The track is called Village Earth. I think many people can relate to that title. With internet and modern ease of travel, this huge world we know as planet Earth started to feel like a little village. Everybody knows everybody. Especially people in the music industry and also snowboard / skate / surf scenes, wherever you go, there’s somebody you know and before you know it, it’s local earth talk, little village style.

The compilation is Free DL, so grab it for some XLII-hop and other dope shit!

https://soundcloud.com/xlii/village-earth-free-download

XLII Remix of Tigerstyle - Ki Faida Out Now!

iTunes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ki-faida-feat.-raj-brar-ep/id880950307

I have always loved Bhangra and have an extensive Asian fam back in the UK with whom I’ve spent some of the best (and worst) years of my teens, so when mans like Tigerstyle hit me up for a remix, I had to do this. Unfortunately was pressed for time back then, so it’s a bit rough around the edges, but I think it actually works like this. Out now!

イギリスのトップBhangraアーティストTigerstyleからの謎のリミックスオファーが来たのビビったけど、マアジでバングラ大好きで10代の時パキスタンエリアに住んでた時のいつも友達の車で聴いてたので、やっちまった。正直あんま時間なかったので、ガチでやったけど、今聴いたら、逆にこんな汚いガチな感じで良かったかも。
もう発売中です!

Saturated Vol. IV今日リリースされました!世界の最強のビートメーカーが参加してるドイツのSaturate Recordsのフリーコンピ!俺も久しぶりの土っぽい一曲で参加したので、チェックしてください! 
G Jonesの曲がヤバ過ぎる。早くかけたい。 
Saturated Vol. IV is out now! 
It’s a pay what you like compilation of some seriously mind blowing music from some of the best musicians in the world selected and compiled by Hamburg’s Saturate Records. I’ve also submitted a tune, kind of a nod to hip-hop but… 
That G Jones tune though…. Ridiculous. 
 http://saturaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/saturated-vol-4  

 #release #compilation #germany #japan #tokyo #hamburg #new #download #free #hiphop #bass #xlii

Saturated Vol. IV今日リリースされました!世界の最強のビートメーカーが参加してるドイツのSaturate Recordsのフリーコンピ!俺も久しぶりの土っぽい一曲で参加したので、チェックしてください!
G Jonesの曲がヤバ過ぎる。早くかけたい。
Saturated Vol. IV is out now!
It’s a pay what you like compilation of some seriously mind blowing music from some of the best musicians in the world selected and compiled by Hamburg’s Saturate Records. I’ve also submitted a tune, kind of a nod to hip-hop but…
That G Jones tune though…. Ridiculous.
http://saturaterecords.bandcamp.com/album/saturated-vol-4

#release #compilation #germany #japan #tokyo #hamburg #new #download #free #hiphop #bass #xlii

XLII track on Saturated Vol. IV compilation!


XLIIのちょっと古めだけど、まだ公開してないConvoyっていう曲をサンクラにアップしました。是非チェックして欲しい。久しぶりの軍&中 東っぽい緊張しいヒップホップノリ。今週ドイツのSaturate RecordsのコンピSaturated Vol. IVで出ます。他はG Jonesとか、Doshyとかヤバいメンツいっぱい。

Just put up a new tune up on my Soundcloud! The tune itself is from a bit more than a year ago, but I have never played it nor put it up anywhere before.
Military Middle Eastern Hip-Hop head nod shit as a soundtrack for 2014 political madness and manufactured conflicts kicking off worldwide.
This will be out this week on Hamburg’s Saturate Records as part of their Saturated Vol. IV compilation and will also feature some dope arse people like G Jones, Doshy and more.
https://soundcloud.com/xlii/convoy

XXX$$$ (XLII & DJ SARASA) - Starburst EP [Out June 04!]

XXX$$$ (XLII & DJ SARASA) - Starburst EP
iTunes: https://itun.es/jp/AIqG0 

Release date: June 4th 2014
Label: KSRcorp.
Format: Digital
Genre: Electronic, Hip-Hop, Bass, Club

Tracklist:
1. Friction
2. Riot Mode feat. MC ZULU
3. Call My Name feat. Masia One
4. Riot Mode feat. MC ZULU (Mighty Crown Remix)
5. Riot Mode feat. MC ZULU (Bert On Beats Remix)
 

“Starburst” marks XLII & DJ SARASA’s first outing as XXX$$$: their newly formed group, born out of the myriad “excesses” that can be found in the city of Tokyo.

Both are established artists ­ individually they’ve performed around the world ­ and XXX$$$ is an unlikely combination that brings together seemingly opposite approaches to hip­hop and club music which, together, become more than the sum of their parts. The result is a uniquely dexterous brand of bass­heavy dance music that hops the musical continents: energetic like Tokyo, colourful like India, heavy like London and raw like Baltimore.

“Starburst” EP kicks off with “Friction”, a futuristic halftime burner laced with razor­sharp arps, taut drums and tweaky vocal chops concerned with “friction” of some sort ­ watch out for it. “Riot Mode” is a stomp fest inspired by the Rio carnival, with a nod to UK grime and funky, and features the megaphone­toting tropical baritone, MC ZULU, the badman. Elsewhere, VIMA award winner Masia One takes care of vocal duties on “Call My Name”. With a southern flow, bags of attitude and a side dish of catchy oriental synth hooks, this is a sub­centric party lurcher for the laziest of dancers. Accompanying the three original tracks are remixes by the Mad Decent proclaimed ‘King of Tropical Bass’ ­ Bert On Beats ­ and reggae and sound system sound clash world champions Mighty Crown.

“Starburst” EP comes out June 4 on the Tokyo­based KSR imprint, and will be available globally on iTunes and Beatport.

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アーティストコメント:

「オモシロイ 音使いしてますねー。このEPは ジャンルレスにも取れたかな。 色んなフレイバーが混ざってて。 オリジナリティがあってUp up up! 参加できて光栄です、respect」
Sami-T (Mighty Crown)

「MAAAAD VIBES!!!!! 最高!このEPで夏は踊りまくれ!」
DJ KENTARO


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重低音の旗手“XLII”(シリー)とハードコア体現者“DJ SARASA”(サラサ)
“ウクライナ生まれUK育ち”と“日本生まれNY育ち” 日本発、世界を相手にするインターナショナル•ライヴユニットを結成。 その名も・・・・・
“XXX$$$” (エクセス)!


I AM LEGION (NOISIΛ + Foreign Beggars)のファーストシングル「Make Those Move」の オフィシャルリミックスを手掛け、結成からわずか一年で6月開催のマイアミ発の大型エレクトロニッ ク音楽フェス『Ultra Music Festival』の韓国版 『Ultra Korea』に出演が決定している 日本発のインターナショナルユニット、“XXX$$$”の待望のファーストEPが遂にリリース! 今作は2人と親交が深いアーティストに参加してもらい完成した、濃い作品に仕上がっている。 フューチャリングにはユニークなダンスホールスタイルを持つ“MC ZULU”、VIMA 2014 South East Asian Music Awardsにてベストフィーメールラッパーを受賞した“Masia One”が参加。 また、リミックスを手がけるのはREGGAE界から世界で活躍するトップ・サウンドで実績、実力共に 世界No.1クラスなMIGHTY CROWN!そして、トロピカルベースを基盤に高い人気をほこる プロデューサーBERT ON BEATS!


XXX$$$ Live: http://youtu.be/fMOfp45hWIE
XXX$$$ Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/xxxsssmusic
XXX$$$ Official Web: http://xxxsssmusic.com/

XLII Track on Unlog Complex #3 Compilation [Free DL]

Unlog Complex #3 out now, FREE on Bandcamp!
http://unlog1.bandcamp.com/

It’s a 14 track compilation of dope stuff from various producers from around the world! Don’t sleep!

Unlog Complex #3っていうコンピに1曲で参加しました!古い曲ですけど、是非チェックしてください!コンピ自体も気持ちいい曲たくさん入ってて、最高です。しかも、FREE DL!

Knight Riderz - Million Miles EP feat. XLII Remix

Late post, but I had the privilege to remix one of my favourite artists Knight Riderz who put out their EP on Seclusiasis, run by another favourite artist of mine (and Civil Music fam) Starkey and Dev79.

Great EP with a bunch of great remixes on a great label! Check it out!


Read full review of Million Miles - Knight Riderz on Boomkat.com ©

Shop Links:

http://www.junodownload.com/products/knight-riderz-million-miles/2109169-02/
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/million-miles/id591035520
http://www.beatport.com/release/million-miles/1020737
http://www.trackitdown.net/track/knight-riderz/million-miles/dubstep/5249695.html
http://boomkat.com/downloads/636122-knight-riderz-million-miles

DJ Kentaro - Kikkake Remixes EP feat XLII Remix out on Ninja Tune

Totally forgot to mention. A few weeks ago Ninja Tune has put out DJ Kentaro’s Kikkake Remixes EP featuring the remix I’ve done for Step In feat. Foreign Beggars.

I’m in super good company on this release:

DJ Kentaro feat. DJ Krush

and remixed by Ninja Tune’s The Quemists, fellow Civil Music fam Reso, Daedelus and Anchorsong!

Japanese Info Below:

6月に最新作『CONTRAST』をリリース、世界No.1ターンテーブリスト、そしてプロデューサー
として著しい飛躍を見せ続けるDJ KENTAROがリミックスEP「KIKKAKE REMIXES」を
11/12(月)~iTunes Japanを皮切りに、デジタル配信のみでリリース決定!
DJ KRUSHと念願のコラボレーションを果たした「KIKKAKE ft. DJ KRUSH」を
The Qemists、Reso、Daedelus、Anchorsong、XLIIと国内外の強力なリミキサー陣が
アップデート!さらに、フジロック、AIR JAM、海外フェスへの出演、
ヨーロッパ・ツアーを経て先頃国内最大級の
エレクトロニック~ダンス・ミュージック・フェスティバル<electraglide2012>
への出演もアナウンスされた中、12/23(日)には今年2回目となる
<NIXON presents BASSCAMP 2012 WINTER>の開催が決定!
大盛況に終わった6月開催の初回に続き、DJ KENTAROがシーンを
代表する多彩なゲストを迎え、日本のベース・ミュージックをネクストステージへ
“ステップ・イン"!再び貴方は伝説と語り継がれ る一夜の目撃者となる!!

DJ KENTARO / "KIKKAKE REMIXES” EP

1. DJ KENTARO ft. DJ KRUSH / KIKKAKE (The Qemists Remix VIP)

2. DJ KENTARO ft. DJ KRUSH / KIKKAKE (Reso Remix)

3. DJ KENTARO ft. DJ KRUSH / KIKKAKE (Daedelus Remix)

4. DJ KENTARO ft. DJ KRUSH / KIKKAKE (Anchorsong Remix)

5. DJ KENTARO ft. FOREIGN BEGGARS / STEP IN (XLII Remix)

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/kikkake-remixes-ep/id574858452

Broken Haze new "Lightning Flash EP" out now on Top Billin!

Original Post here:

http://topbillinmusic.com/2012/11/25/preview-the-bass-samurai/

BUY it here:

You know that we listen music all around the world, right? Now this is the first time we got 100% Japanese release for the label, definitely something outside the box. Broken Haze aka Keisuke Ito is an acclaimed producer / DJ from Tokyo, who’s style draws influences from dubstep, garage techno, electro, hip hop and more. His neo-futuristic synth melodies (definitely a Japanese description) and glitchy beats are the staple of his genre-hopping style.

Broken Haze first created buzz after releasing his first album titled Raid System, featuring artists like Machinedrum and Richard Devin,e and followed it up with another release alongside 2010 Red Bull Music Academy graduate B. Bravo, creating noise both in Japan and around the world. BH has done remixes for artists like RQM, Crookers, Aucan, XLII, as well as J-pop superstars. He was also commissioned to do an official cover version for a Disney electronic compilation (Japan in full effect), showing off his production skills in various scenes and genres.

On top of all that Broken Haze also hosts a regular podcast called RIRS on London’s Rhythm Incursions site and Berlin’s BLN FM/Internet radio. And in Tokyo he’s got a regular show on Block.fm and his tracks are played often on Rinse.fm and more. Top Billin welcomes yet another hard working samurai to the team.

Mad Hop vol. 5 feat. a XLII track [FREE DOWNLOAD]

The long awaited Mad Hop vol. 5 compilation is now out as a free download and features my track “Dickie Mouse” . Details below!

Mad-Love brings together many artists from around the world and features a variety of styles and genres based on the hip-hop sound characteristic for our 5th compilation.The whole compilation creates a wonderful atmosphere of futuristic hip-hop, post-dubstep and what is best for our fans: It’s a free download.
mad-hop.bandcamp.com

Mad-Hop on bandcamp and on GNs
tracklist:

01 Lomovolokno - 22
02 Anders Wallden - Oandligheten (Ninjato Remax)
03 Sina. - Not That Man
04 Mokhov - U Know
05 Leadsmen - Words Unspoken (Arts The Beatdoctor Remix)
06 Kingstux - Beat The Clock
07 Lee Spacey - Thermal Blooming In The 80s
08 Filtercutter - Ataristix
09 Headshotboyz - ERMAC
10 Foolk - Broken Mirror
11 Jemapur - Empty (free)
12 Antti Szurawitzki - 3 Minutes City
13 Lupid Ocampo - Night Shift
14 Zova -Toy Crash
15 GLGN - Red Clouds
16 Dnte - Could We Dance
17 Dizz1 - Relentless
18 Metaform - Boombox Casket
19 Favorite Flava - So Cruel (Yosi Horikawa Remix)
20 en2ak - Oral Hygiene Basics
21 Jimmy Pé - Old Times
22 9th Cloud - Riffrafing In Front Of You (Gaex & Karaoke Tundra Remix)
23 XLII - Dickey Mouse

Video animation : vimeo.com/51203751

credits

released 13 October 2012
Track 5 Courtesy of Beats Broke records
Track 19 Courtesy of Ubeat records
Mastering: “Gargle & Expel” (www.gaex.org)
Logo design: We Are Creative Collective / wacc.pl

Pixelord - Supaplex Remixed feat. XLII Remix out now!

Myself, Chrissy Murderbot, XI and Raja went in on 4 remixes of Pixelord’s Supaplex EP.

Out now on Civil Music!

Here’s my “Space Opera” version of Freeze The Star:

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‘Supaplex Remixed’ sees Chrissy Murderbot, XI, XLII and Raja revising the four advanced dancefloor cuts that made up the 'Supaplex’ EP, Pixelord’s debut outing for Civil Music.

Pixelord is the artistic moniker of Moscovite Alexey Devyanin who is at the forefront of an exciting new chapter for his country’s club music. Supaplex traversed a wealth of influences leading the way through Russian juke, emotive digitalism and half-stepping bass works, championing the heavy-hitting rhythms of a new Russian beats scene and beyond.

Chicago’s Chrissy Murderbot opens with a Footwork-jungle remix of Chi-Town indebted ‘Been Lookin’. Toyko’s highly respected XLII (Civil Music / Raid Systems) delivers his 'Space Opera Remix’ of 'Freeze the Star’ adding hip-hop swagger, low swung dancefloor bounce and thunderously gangster bass weight. Berlin based Canadian producer XI charges his remix of 'Vibrate’ with shuffling, stepping post-Garage drum programming and deft dub bass to crafts a refined roller wrapped in atmospheric percussion and ornamented with dusty chords. The final part of the package sees Raja throwing a curveball. The prolific teenage NYC hiphop producer deconstructs the frenetically percussive 'Paperball’ stripping it back to its elements to create a looping techno beat steeped in warm haze and spaced out atmospherics. Supaplex Remixed is released 8th Oct 2012 on Civil Music and follows the original ‘Supaplex’ which was released Sept 2012 also on Civil Music.

More info / Buy Supaplex 12" & get the original downloads free here.

Download EP (CIV043)
  1. Pixelord - Been Lookin (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
  2. Pixelord - Freeze the Star (XLII Remix)
  3. Pixelord - Vibrate (XI remix)
  4. Pixelord - Paperball (Raja Remix)

Shop links:

iTunes

Beatport

Juno Download

Boomkat

XLII - Neon High Vinyl / Digital links:

Pixelord - Freeze The Star (XLII Space Opera Remix)

This is just a clip. Look out for this tune dropping on Civil Music on October 08!

Lewis James - Heavy Romance EP DL links!

[TITLE] HEAVY ROMANCE EP
[ARTIST] LEWIS JAMES

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

Download links:

iTunes

Beatport

Juno

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.”

Juno Chart May 2012!

I’ve made a bunch of different charts of stuff I’m digging right now on different online stores to help support my Neon High EP! I’ll be posting them one by one over the course of the next few hours!
新作Neon Highを出してから、色んなオンラインストアでXLIIチャート作りました。気に入ってるとハマってる曲の盛り合わせです!是非聴いてみてください!


XLII JUNO CHART May 2012!

http://www.junodownload.com/charts/dj/1136856-Xlii/569925-Chart