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LORAINE JAMES

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Loraine James is a London based producer who has released a string of critically acclaimed albums and EPs since 2015. Her third album Reflection, released in 2021 through Kode9’s label Hyperdub, was lauded by critics worldwide and brought Loraine to a wider audience. More recently, she adopted the moniker Whatever The Weather and released a self-titled ‘ambient’ album for the New York label Ghostly International in early 2022.

Using their rare, fortuitous connection with Julius Eastman's surviving brother Gerry, the UK label began a new project with Loraine James in summer 2021, hoping to continue the current tide of efforts to reinstate Eastman’s rightful place in 20th-century composition. Loraine was offered a zip drive of Eastman originals (courtesy of Gerry Eastman), Renee Levine-Packer & Mary Jane Leach’s illuminating 2015 biography Gay Guerilla, and transcribed MIDI stems (courtesy of Phantom Limb founder & A&R James Vella), and the resulting album Building Something Beautiful For Me carries the Eastman torch with finesse and sensitivity. Loraine employs samples, melodic motifs, themes and imagery, and inspiration from Eastman’s canon, slicing, editing, pulling apart and playing samples like instruments to craft a stunning album that venerates Eastman’s genius while adhering to her own.

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