James Pants - Clouds Over The Pacfic EP
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As there’s still a little wait until the follow-up to James’s first album Welcome that came out in 2008, what’s he been up to in the last 3 years?
Well, we saw him with the King of Latin Soul, Joe Bataan at Cargo for one thing (see HERE with the then little known Jamie Woon!) and toured the world with his live and DJ sets then there’s been couple of ‘out there’ albums, Seven Seals and All The Hits and limited released compilations of a Disco Mix and one called Ice Castles - The Coming Of A New Age that’s covers his love of 7s cult/New Age Records (hence the move from Colorado to Cologne?) plus collaborating with Dâm-Funk!
Even though he was still in the US when he recorded the new album, he was obviously inspired by the Krautrock originals of Can, Faust, NEU! and even more obscure.
So it’s a little surprising that ‘Clouds Over The Pacific’ features the delicate vocals of Spain’s Lucrecia Dalt (who’s a little bit ‘out there’ herself - check out the links below) but if the rest of the album is as good as this spaced out 60s pop-girl dub Cannibalism, we’re in for a real treat. The only issue I have is that it’s just not long enough as there must be an extend version in there.
To make up for that minor gripe, the 3 other tracks won’t be on the album and ‘sitting On The Couch Turning To Stone’ takes up where ‘Clouds Over The Pacific’ left off but in a more laid back dub out synth pop way.
‘Prologue To A Ritual’ (possibly Space?) is ideal mixtape tape intro and the last track of the four, ‘The Way She Looks Tonight’ is closer to an electrified Yusef Lateef doing a cover of a Human League doing a cover of a The Chi-lites smoocher.
The new album, called James Pants is due out on 2nd May and I hoping we’ll get a exclusive run down from the man himself on the 13 new tracks in addition to ‘Clouds Over The Pacific’!
Reviewed: James Pants - Clouds Over The Pacific (Stones Throw) Cat. No. STH7045 Release date: 4th April, 2010
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