Berlin-based British producer James Welch aka Seams has spent the last year buffing up his bleeps and beats, making them dancefloor fit and able. His debut album proper Quarters is out this week and shows just how far his lo-fi electronic productions have developed over the past 18 months. The relocation from sleepy Hampshire to the German capital has given his music an innovative, nocturnal sheen while he’s rapidly becoming an intriguingly heavy live act.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 16 Sep 2013
  • min read
Decamping to Berlin is the classic move for any fledgling electronic music maker.

For James Welch aka Seams, it’s decision which has done much to shape his sound and push his music forward.

Originally hailing from the more sleepy environs of Hampshire, Seams has been tinkering and toying within the world of lo-fi electronic for the past couple of years. However, he’s really upped the creative ante and homed in on his sonic aesthetic since relocating.

His blending of synths with warm blooded melodies have already found their way into more switched on sets of ears. The bleeps and beats of Focus/Energy and Tourist/Sleeperwere both based on field recordings of his new home and his debut album proper continues with this geographical theme.

The eight songs within Quarters were recorded in four different locations across Berlin and make for his most complete work to date.

The release also points to a polished, crunching electronic sound. It’s more dancefloor friendly and is the result of numerous live outings supporting the likes of Gold Panda and Three Trapped Tigers as well as a PRS for Music Foundation trip to SXSW earlier this year.

His forthcoming live dates include a support slot with the much loved electronic producer Jon Hopkins and an appearance at the Simple Things festival in Bristol.

Quarters is released on 16 September 2013 on Full Time Hobby. Check out Rilo from his new album and the full list of forthcoming live dates below:

September 21 London, UK - KOKO w/Jon Hopkins
October 9 London, UK - Concrete
October 11 Birmingham, UK - Bull’s Head
October 12 Bristol, UK - Simple Things Festival
November 8 The Hague, NL - Rewire Festival