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PRS Foundation are #ProudToBe supporting: Loraine James

In line with the Black History Month 2021 theme, we’ve teamed up with PRS Foundation to highlight some of the outstanding Black creators they’re #ProudToBe supporting. Next up: Loraine James.

Maya Radcliffe
  • By Maya Radcliffe
  • 28 Oct 2021
  • min read

Oram Award-winner Loraine James is an electronic artist and producer, influenced by artists such as Aoki Takamasa, Telefon Tel Aviv and Toe.

James was enticed into the world of music making by her mother, who would go from playing the steel pans to blaring out music from Metallica to Calypso. Having grown up in Enfield, north London, she credits the multiculturalism in the city for broadening her mind and ears, having been exposed to jazz, electronica, UK drill and grime. The results of this exposure can be heard on the mix up of her debut album For You And I.

With a minimal use of equipment, Loraine crafts truly breathtaking textures from relatively simple means. Armed only with a Macbook, a MIDI Keyboard and Novation Launchpad, Loraine transcends any technological constraints to make anything from ambient off-kilter beats to four to the floor vocal-sample driven techno and house.

For You And I was released on Kode9’s seminal Hyperdub label and was celebrated by Pitchfork as one of the best experimental albums of 2019.