Earlier this year, Jim-E Stack released his debut full-length record, Tell Me I Belong. Today, the New-York-based artist is finally ready to head on…Read More
Jim-E Stack has come a long way. Born and raised in San Francisco, the now Brooklyn-based artist, born James Harmon Stack, cut his musical teeth as a jazz drummer, but it wasn’t until he entered the world of solo production at the age of 16 that he found the freedom necessary to write and record how he wanted. He made his first splash with a bass-loaded remix of Nuguzunguzu’s “Mirage”, and went on to release the bright and drum-focused Come Between EP, garnering acclaim from international DJs and tastemakers alike.
Following time spent in New Orleans, James moved to New York in summer of 2012, and started the slow process of creating his captivating Tell Me I Belong LP. Written across months and months of sketching, refining, and developing the best of 30 or so ideas, the album was fleshed out by looking forwards and backwards. As the producer puts it, “I’d be working on a track and think, ‘Oh, that tom sound from that African record I bought in high school could sound cool in here.’ And so I’d dig through these messy hard drives looking just for that sound.” There’s a tangible through-line that ties together the plaintive piano samples of opener “Somewheres”, the stark rhythmic workouts of “Run” and “Out of Mind”, and the body-moving, emotional resonance that songs like “Reassuring” and “Is It Me” offer in mass quantities. “Below” moves with the skip of an experienced drummer, but it’s the billowing synths and jittery organ chords that keep you stuck to the elastic groove. In every corner of Tell Me I Belong, you can hear an artist who reveres classic jazz musicians like John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner, experimental pioneers like Steve Reich, and Detroit techno greats Omar-S and Robert Hood, but contemporary boundary pushers Arca, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Actress are no less inspiring for Stack.
Jim-E Stack is also streaming a new track and cinemagraph from the record every weekday leading into its release at Innovative Leisure’s YouTube Channel. Jim-E Stack has come a long way. Born and raised in San Francisco, the now Brooklyn-based artist,Read More