Don’t get too comfortable is perhaps the quintessential spirit to Loraine James’ work, as her tracks constantly jolt, jerk, jump, and move one way or another into a place between and one that seems impossible. My music is a bit rough,” she says. “A lot of it sounds a bit scrappy, but I don’t re-record it, because I like how it sounds.” Disjointed—and intentional, James mimics the controlled chaos of free jazz, embracing the dissonance and odd time signatures of off-beats and glitching synths. Unafraid to pull from different places of inspiration, this high-risk, high-experimentalism approach, increasingly her own, has been the reason for back-to-back critically acclaimed albums. For You And I, released in 2019, was voted DJ Mag and Quietus’ album of the year, whilst Reflection arrived in 2021 and received with much of the same accolades. The project looks inward in a turbulent expression of inner space, laid out in unflinching honesty. It offers gentle empathy and bittersweet hope - pared down and confident - leaning further into pop music her own way and taking the listener through how a tumultuous year felt for a young, Black queer woman and her acolytes in a world that had suddenly stopped moving.
London producer and sound experimentalist, Loraine James; also known as Whatever the Weather as her ambient-focused alias.
Fu Inle Records
New York Haunted
Reflection (Hyperdub, 2021)
Nothing EP (Hyperdub, 2020)
For You and I (Hyperdub, 2019)
Loraine Jame’s mother—an educator and an eclectic music lover—was a grand source of inspiration for her, who has grown up to be both an educator and eclectic music producer.