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Joshua James Unveils New Single ‘Bang/Flux’

London based DJ/producer Joshua James, today announces his debut release, and shares the track ‘Bang’. The double A side single, ‘Bang/ Flux’, will be released on his new label, Three Triple Two, on 17th June. Joshua has been quietly and consistently carving out a name for himself, as a resident DJ on the London underground over the last few years.  As a solid selector and purveyor of all things house and techno, he has made his mark at queer, cult night Savage.  Lucy Fizz, resident dancer at Savage, stars in the video for ‘Flux’.  Following Joshua’s Room 2 takeover at XOYO, during Heidi’s ‘Jackathon’ residency in 2016, he returned in April this year, to the newly refurbished Room 2, to play all night long for The Black Madonna’s ‘We Still Believe’ residency.

Alongside his residencies, Joshua has been in the studio, remixing artists including Beth Ditto, Nimmo, Klyne, KDA, Boxed In, The Very Best, Rozi Plain and London Grammar as well as working on his own original productions.

‘Bang’, which is available to stream now, is a punchy, 4/4 filled workout, merging in snappy hi-hats with shimmering synth lines and addictive grooves. On the flip is ‘Flux’, taking things in a deeper direction, chugging undertows sitting aside funky breakdowns and multi-colour melodies.  The tracks have already gathered tastemaker club and radio support from DJs including Jacques Renault, Nicole Moudaber, Shadow Child (Rinse) Boris Dlugosch, Moodymanc, Jason Bentley (KCRW) and Horse Meat Disco.

Listen to 'Bang' here 

DJ Dates:

27th May - Savage

2nd June - XOYO Room 2 All Night - Room 1 Black Madonna, Heidi, K-Hand

3rd June - Savage with Eli Escobar (Classic)

4th June - Mighty Hoopla Festival

23rd June - XOYO Room 2 All Night - Room 1 Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, Haai

24th June - Savage

25th June - Body & Soul Festival (Dublin)

6th July - House Festival

8th July – Savage

29th July - Savage

30th July - Standon Calling Festival 

September 9th - Bestival

Sam Frankl’s ‘Gold Rush’

For Brixton-bred artist Sam Frankl, words are everything. A published poet, the budding singer-songwriter’s literary career is a lofty one: he previously served as an editor at le cool London, and has had his works appear in journals on both sides of the Atlantic, including Ardor, Cent Magazine, Ginosko Review, and more. In addition, he created a video series in 2013 called The Surrogate Poets, which was published by Black & Blue, and featured strangers reading his poems. One of those that agreed to participate was famed beat author and poet laureate Jack Hirschman – one of his idols and a contemporary of Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

While he continues to write poetry, Sam’s passion for words only further fueled his love of music, which has been his main ambition since he was 14. Something of a vagabond, Sam has spent most of his life on the road, and when not in school, he lived on a hundred year old German sailing barge. This spirit of adventure has stayed with Sam, who has traveled cross-country across the States and in Latin America starting from Argentina down to Colombia, the latter which ignited a passion for Latin rhythms and bossa nova. Sam’s sound evokes this same romanticism, a kind of poetic pop, where hooks are weighted with a precise use of language, recalling the likes of Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.

The fruits of his journeys are showcased best in the release of his new single ‘Gold Rush’, recorded with RAK Studios-based producer Rob Brinkman (Barns Courtney, Mumford and Sons) and mastered by Enginge Earz (Jorja Smith/Ray BLK). Sonically fitting somewhere between Father John Misty and Glass Animals, the track is born from a programmed bossa nova beat and looped saxophone samples. Naturally drawn to issues surrounding housing, Sam drew on a local case study as inspiration -- Heygate Estate in Elephant & Castle -- a 5 minute walk from his flat. “The Heygate Estate was in the process of being demolished. It was once the largest housing estate in western Europe but had fallen into disrepair due to systematic defunding,” Sam recalls. “Eventually only a handful of tenants remained where once 3000 family units had lived. Those tenants refused to leave.”

Listen to ‘Gold Rush’ here

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