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For You and I

by Loraine James

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rikm I'm truly impressed by the creation of sound textures and spaces on "For You and I". Loraine James works in a very fluid musical space, an area where beats and sounds shift and flow at a mercurial pace, using fast change and rapid movement as effectively as samples and loops.

It's a strong release, and a significant move forward within the electronic genres. James should be applauded for her work on this album, along with her impressive skills and talents...
Evan Greenwald
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Evan Greenwald Do you ever have those moments where you’re like, “Whoa, the future is already here”? This album has me feeling like that. Favorite track: Sensual ft feeo.
Elizabeth Joan Kelly
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Elizabeth Joan Kelly Loraine James releases music that seamlessly blends familiar electronica sounds and techniques with something all her won. Every song in this album is worth a listen (or 2, or 100). Favorite track: Sensual ft feeo.
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BenPujara Vocal samples that crack me to the core and glitching rhythms that open my soul. The most exciting artist working today. Favorite track: Sick 9.
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Glitch Bitch 03:12
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So Scared 04:26
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Hand Drops 03:19
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Sick 9 02:47
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Loraine James was enticed into the world of music making through her mother, who would go from playing the steel pans to blaring out music from Metallica to Calypso. Having grown up in Enfield, London, she credits the multiculturalism in the city for “broadening my mind and ears”, having listened to jazz, electronica, uk drill and grime, and the results of this exposure can be heard on the mix-up of For You And I.

Part of For You and I explores the complexities of being in a queer relationship in London, and the ups and downs that come with that. “I’m in love and wanted to share that in some way. I wanted to make songs that reflect layers of my relationship. Reflected in the song titles and mood of songs like So Scared and Hand Drops she says "A lot of the time I’m really scared in displaying any kind of affection in public…This album is more about feeling than about using certain production skills.” Of her process, James says she aimed to make something that wasn’t overthought. For You and I is rhythmically free flowing and sprawling, with melodies that evolve into rippling keys. It feels like a live jam session with a jazz mentality, contrasting the delicate and abrasive.

She also says “The other half of the album is about me, and I wanted it to be about only me.” On three tracks, guest vocals from rapper Le3 bLACK and singer Theo brilliantly articulate Loraine's emotional feelings.

The artwork, which features a photo of James holding a photo of her estate from ten years ago is a tribute to her upbringing. “I started making music in those flats, news of my Dad and Uncle passing away happened in that flat, I came out to my mum crying in that flat. Most of my life has been there and in so many years time this area will no longer exist.”

This album 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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released September 20, 2019

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