James, the indie-dance band who surfed the Madchester wave at the start of the 1990s along with the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, have contacted DJ Mag to launch a special remix competition.
The band have a new single coming soon, 'Curse Curse', which is already quite dance-trancey. Hear it here:
In this special competition, James are inviting music producers to remix this next single of theirs. All you have to do is download the parts from the Dropbox here, craft a remix of the track in any style of your choosing, and then submit your entry back to the band themselves on this email: email@example.com
You have a month to enter your remix into this special competition — the closing date is Thursday 29th August. The winner will be announced a week later, and will have their remix appear on the official single release in all formats — vinyl, CD and download. Don't forget to include your contact details on your remix submission.
James have a rich, varied heritage in modern music. They started as an indie band in the 1980s, supporting The Smiths and releasing some early material via legendary Manchester label Factory Records. Caught up in the Madchester explosion alongside the Happy Mondays, Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets, they had big hits with anthemic tracks like 'Come Home' and 'Sit Down' (below), which reached No.2 in the UK singles chart.
After becoming huge, they recorded a couple of albums with infamous ambient pioneer Brian Eno — 'Laid', whose title track was a hit in the US too, and the more experimental 'Wah Wah'. They consolidated their position as major players throughout the '90s before recording the first of a further three albums with Eno — and then splitting up.
They reformed in 2007, and earlier this year released their 13th studio album 'La Petite Mort' — which 'Curse Curse' appears on. Produced by Max Dingel (Muse, The Killers), many of the album's tracks deal with mortality (hence the title), as it was recorded in the months following the death of front-man Tim Booth's mother and best friend. Nevertheless, it maintains their trademark uplifting sound — a sound that has seen them sell 12 million records worldwide.
Famed for their live performances, the band recently embarked on an extensive European tour, performing at all the leading festivals and kicked things off with a huge homecoming gig at Manchester's Summer in the City this week. As well as many fans in the dance community, James have also been acclaimed by the likes of REM's Michael Stipe, Chris Martin from Coldplay and ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher over the course of their 30-year career. More info here
What are you waiting for, producers — get remixing!
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