Electronic musician The Range shares house-infused song
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The Range, the project of Vermont-based musician and producer James Hinton, releases new single “Relegate” from his forthcoming album Mercury, out June 10. “Relegate,” which samples the 2001 Keke Wyatt single “Nothing in This World,” evokes the rush of pure four-on-the-floor but avoids becoming too locked-in. Hinton opens up the mix and imbues the house motifs with his own distinct warm glow.
Hinton says on the track, “It represents the butterflies you feel in a new relationship. The logical part of your brain is toast at that time and I like that this song captures that kind of unthinking swirling moment to me.”
The Range will be performing at San Francisco’s inaugural Portola Fest on September 25 alongside Flume, The Chemical Brothers, Kaytranada, Jamie XX, Toro y Moi, Charlie XCX and many more. More details can be found HERE.
In April of 2018 James Hinton relocated from Brooklyn to isolate himself in the Green Mountains of Vermont and continue to work on the tracks that would make up his rave and grime-influenced fourth LP as The Range. On Mercury, Hinton builds on the techniques he established on his critically acclaimed 2016 LP Potential, seeking to create human connection in the Internet age through sampling vocalists from the corners of YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope.
Mercury is moody, transportive, and undeniably rave-infused, and although it is indebted to IDM mainstays like Aphex Twin and grime pioneers like Skepta, the album finds Hinton pushing himself outside the constraints of any one specific genre. The result is both maximalist and restrained, huge soft synths up against cruising beats to offset the compressed vocals of his carefully chosen clips.
Mercury was produced by James Hinton with additional production by Damian Taylor (Bicameral, Ricercar, Relegate), mixed by Lexxx (Alex Dromgoole) except for “Relegate” which was mixed by Damian Taylor, and mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters in Los Angeles, CA.
Mercury is available on CD, LP, and limited-edition coloured vinyl LP. The limited-edition coloured vinyl LP is available to pre-order now exclusively from Domino.