James Pants - Welcome (4 stars)

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James Pants - Welcome

(Stones Throw)

ELECTRONICA

First things first, this guy isn’t pants, anything but. He is, however, an artist with the ability to cross live and electronics in a very cool way. Welcome draws influence from the likes of Pharrell, Egyptian Lover and even Lizzy Mercier Descioux, giving you an idea of the album’s depth.

Choice cuts include ‘Crystal Lite’, a quality psychedelic synth groove with a spun-out soul vocal. There’s the ultra catchy new wave cut ‘We’re Through’, all deranged and static-filled, plus the ultra moody ‘My Girl’, filled with dirty drums, synth tweaks and droning vocal post-punk madness. This guy is good, and well worth a listen.

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