Fresh off the back of his hit release “New Jack Swing” on the brand new Well Rounded Housing Project, we welcome James Fox to our mixtape series.
Over the last year James Fox seems to have rocketed out of no where and is now a rather familiar household name to most people into the House and Bass Music scene that’s bubbling along at the moment. With his first release on TAKE Records receiving a remix from Ramadanman on the flip, he made a strong arrival. Moving on from that, his debut for the brand new sub-label of Donga’s infamous Well Rounded too the scene by storm, easily making it’s way onto the list of top tunes for 2011. It seemed like the perfect time to get James involved in the TDS mixtape series. Away from his music career, James is also a passionate man when it comes to fine clothing, loving nothing more than a good browse of Liberty’s, so it makes twice as much sense.
For mixtape 015 James takes us on a smooth House trip that draws music from the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Photek, Julio Bashmore, Cosmin TRG and Doc Daneeka’s super-exclusive unreleased remix of Skream’s “Where You Should Be”. Overall it’s a very fluent mix that sums up what’s going on in the UK underground House scene at the moment.
What approach have you taken for this mix?
“Musically I think it’s a pretty good representation of the kind of thing I like to play and listen to at the moment – deep bass driven house music that works just as well in a basement full of people as it does on headphones. Usually I would spend quite a long time working out how each record fitted together, then do a few takes of the whole thing and pick one, but this time I wanted to go for a slightly rawer feel – so I got a few beers in, had a couple of practice runs then recorded it in one take.”
Which track or mix is your personal favourite?
“Probably the Jackmate remix of dOP – I picked it up a couple of years ago and have been wanting to use it in a mix ever since. Great vocal, heavy production, fun to mix with. Also the Dorisburg tune, probably my favourite house track of the year thus far – super deep with a great bassline and bags of soul. D&M cut too, so sounds lovely. The last tune is a classic as well.”
What did you do the mix on?
“Two battered old CDJ800s and an Ecler Nuo 2.0 mixer, recorded straight into the computer.”
Is style important to you?
“Definitely. Deep down I’m something of a geek, so clothing and footwear is just another thing to get a little obsessive over.”
What brand(s) are you particularly feeling at the moment?
“I’ve been buying a lot of Our Legacy recently after being introduced to it by one of the guys who runs TAKE Records a while back; their stuff is great because it’s just simple, high quality stuff that looks good. I have quite a bit of APC stuff which I like for the same reasons, also Folk, Albam, Engineered Garments…”
What have you got coming up soon?
“Next release is a remix for Jack Dixon & Robin Card which is due on TAKE Records very soon. After that I have a couple of other remixes, then hopefully follow up releases for TAKE and for Well Rounded Housing Project after that.
I’m next DJing at Way Back Here in Dalston on August 13th with Elgato (Facebook event), then a Well Rounded showcase in Cardiff on August 19th, then Aeon Festival in Exeter with Bok Bok, Midland etc on August Bank Holiday weekend.”
01. Kevin McPhee – One52 [Unreleased]
02. Deadboy – Heartbreaker (Julio Bashmore Remix) [Forthcoming Well Rounded]
03. Dorisburg – Emotion [Kann]
04. Cosmin TRG – Bijoux [Hessle Audio]
05. James Fox – Close Your Eyes [Unreleased]
06. dOP – I’m Just A Man (Jackmate’s Rejacked Version) [Eklo]
07. Brawther – Do It Yourself [secretsundaze]
08. Skream – Where You Should Be (Doc Daneeka Remix) [Unreleased]
09. Maya Jane Coles – Little One [20:20 Vision]
10. Dennis Ferrer – Transitions [Defected]
11. Ike – Free To Fly [Philpot]
12. Photek – Mine To Give [Astralwerks]
13. Gel Abril – Spells Of Yoruba (Kaytronik Remix) [Strictly Rhythm]
14. Midland – Bring Joy (Youandewan’s Warehouse Dub) [This Is Music]
15. Rhythm & Sound – Free For All (Soundstream Remix) [Burial Mix]