Another superb album from Leifur James. At first it sounds like a departure from the sounds on his first album. And while it is to an extent, there remains the "Leifur" sound, which emerge after repeated listens. By the way, repeat listening is an absolute pleasure. I cannot wait to see what he does next.
Favorite track: Angel In Disguise.
London based experimental producer and composer, Leifur James returns with his highly anticipated second album Angel in Disguise, via Late Night Tales original artist label Night Time Stories.
Driving, melancholic electronica, ‘Wise Old Man’ is a nod to what can be expected of James’ second album, Angel In Disguise, showcasing a more experimental side to his production. Traversing through musicality, progressive synths and introspection, this first single unveils the producer’s distinct sound with disorientated vocals; speaking of the interplay between reason and emotion, the lyrics repeat “Wise old man in my brain, soul bursting through my veins”, opening the gates to this captivating electronically steered opus.
This news comes after an incredible few years for the artist. 2018 saw James release his esteemed debut album A Louder Silence on Night Time Stories and follow up remix EP that championed upcoming electronic talent including Bruce, FaltyDL and Whities producer, Coby Sey, on rework duties - projects which captured the attention of key tastemakers including Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Mixmag, Electronic Sound, Future Music UK.
An aesthetically driven artist dedicated to marrying powerful visual backdrops with sonic explorations, James teamed up with Hungarian director, Balázs Simon; producing the critically acclaimed, ‘Wurlitzer’ project which saw widespread support from the likes of Boiler Room, CLASH, Directors’ Notes, Motionographer, the UK and Berlin Music Video Awards, the London Short Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival and more.
A highly anticipated body of work, Angel In Disguise reflects on societal cycles and our growing division with Mother Nature in his most dance ready experimental offering to date.
“A sack full of favourites”
DJ Mag***** 9/10
“Art rock, balanced between experimentation and emotion”
The Wire ***** 9/10
"Profound tension that plays out wonderfully"
Clash ***** 8/10