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It’s an honour to be able to do an Electronic Explorations mix, Rob Booth, the founder, is one of the most influential and nicest heads in the electronic music world, so the pressure was on for me to deliver! I am not a DJ in the traditional sense of using tech for beat matching and using pitch controls although I love to hear all that, instead I have mixed all these tracks purely by ear, a bit like I play the piano, which is never to a metronome and just by feeling, more jazz than electronic in that sense.  ~ James Heather

As a child in Southampton, Heather’s Grandad taught him composition and how to manipulate the tuning of piano strings, whilst his Granny on the other side used to dabble in improvisations. Heather started to make his own music from the age of 11 inspired by a love of Beethoven, Debussy and his older neighbours Acid House pirate radio station which he listened to from the garden. Heather spent many years honing his solo piano composition style before feeling ready to record and release his own music, taking influence from electronic music’s structure, ambience and melody and combining it with a grounding in classical and jazz.

I have included many of the versions that artists have done of my tracks for the new album “Reworks”, nearly all the other songs are new to me this year and are sign posts to some of my earliest influences in style. I threw one old song in there by LJ Kruzer, there was a lot of amazing debut music that came out in the period after CD’s stopped selling well in the mid 2000’s and before the internet could be considered a legitimate income stream. I don’t think some of these artists ever got their due and a foothold for a lengthy career, so I wanted to shine a light on an old track too. Enjoy! ~ James Heather

He now releases music on Ninja Tune founders Coldcut’s Ahead Of Our Time label. First came Modulations: EP 1, 7 tracks written in various head spaces. Next came his debut album Stories From Far Away On Piano, a more unified conceptual piece of work. The album concept centred on Heathers interpretations of real world news stories from 9 locations. Heather has collaborated and been remixed by names including Dawn Richard, Mumdance, Iskra Strings, DJ Seinfeld, Sarah Davachi and Roger Robinson (King Midas Sound), played on bills with the likes of Laura Marling, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Lubomyr Melnyk and performed at festivals such as Glastonbury and Wilderness.

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Tracklist

  1. James Heather - 504 - Electronic Explorations
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  3. 01 James Heather - Ruqia (Echo Collective Rework) (Ahead Of Our Time)
  4. 02 Resina - Surface (130701)
  5. 03 LJ Kruzer - Poil (Uncharted Audio)
  6. 04 Niksham S.W.A.T Spoken Word
  7. 05 Rival Consoles - Untravel (Erased Tapes)
  8. 06 Olafar Arnalds & Nils Frahm - 00:26 (Ryan Davis Rethink) (Erased Tapes)
  9. 07 James Heather - Biomes (Aparde Remix) (Ahead Of Our Time)
  10. 08 Tim Green - Echo (Cocoon Recordings)
  11. 09 Gil Scott-Heron - Parents (Interlude) (XL Recordings)
  12. 10 Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra - Hubble (Ninja Tune)
  13. 11 Nine Inch Nails - The Lovers (The Null Corporation)
  14. 12 Bliss Signal - Swarm (Profound Lore Records)
  15. 13 Tirzah - Guilty (Domino)
  16. 14 Gaika - Warlord Shoes (Warp)
  17. 15 Jóhann Jóhannsson - Drywall (Varèse Sarabande)
  18. 16 James Heather - Bad Role Model (Sarah Davachi Rework) (Ahead Of Our Time)
  19. 17 Bing & Ruth - Quebec (Climber) (Stadiums & Shrines)
  20. 18 Joep Beving - 432 (Suzanne Ciani Rework) (Deutsche Grammophon)
  21. 19 James Heather - Mhope (DJ Seinfeld Yada Yada Remix) (Ahead Of Our Time)
  22. 20 Ryuichi Sakamoto - fullmoon (Commons/Milan)
  23. 21 James Heather - Blueprint (Chihei Hatakayama Remix) (Ahead Of Our Time)