Loadstar (musical duo)

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Loadstar
Also known as Xample & Lomax
Origin Bristol
Genres
Years active 2010–present
Labels RAM Records
Website www.loadstar-music.com
Members Gavin "Xample" Harris
Nick "Lomax" Hill

Loadstar is an electronic music production duo from Bristol, United Kingdom. The duo consists of Gavin "Xample" Harris and Nick "Lomax" Hill. They previously produced under the alias Xample & Lomax.[1]

Career[edit]

2007–2009: Record deal and formation[edit]

The two artists met while Bristol-born Xample was studying sociology at Liverpool University. Lomax was one-third of the production trio Holdtight at the time. Xample booked Holdtight for a drum and bass event, and Lomax moved to Bristol shortly afterwards. Xample sent some tracks to Andy C via instant message, and soon afterwards was signed to his label RAM Records. The duo's first release was the track "The Latter", released on 28 May 2007. It featured as a B-side to Xample's track "Lowdown", released on RAM Records.[2] Their second collaboration was "Contra", released as a single on 2 February 2009.[3] Throughout 2009, they shared studio space and began to release more material together.

2010: Formation of Loadstar[edit]

On 26 April 2010, they released a single on RAM titled "Remember / Rushin Dragon".[4][5] On 27 September 2010, they released their first song under the Loadstar alias: "Link to the Past / Rapidas". To tie in with the song title, they looked through old rave tape packs and computer game cassettes until they found an old E-mu sampler. The old interface took a long time to load each sample, and displayed a spinning star while loading. Hence, the moniker "Loadstar" was born.

2010–2011: Commercial breakthrough[edit]

During late 2010, the duo also started producing for Hadouken!, starting with their singles "Mecha Love" and "Oxygen". On 14 November 2010, their remix of Example's "Two Lives" was released as their first Loadstar remix. In 2011 collaborations became more frequent, including remixes for Breakage, Chase & Status and Jess Mills. They received airplay from major radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, and were asked by Annie Mac to create a mashup of Jessie J's "Price Tag".[6] On 28 March 2011, they released the second Loadstar single, titled "Space Between / BLVD". "Space Between" was their first track to have an official music video.[7] On 24 July 2011, their track "Kaoss" was released as part of RAM 100, the label's hundredth release.[8] They went on to release the single "Berlin / Hit the Ground" and a remix of Ed Sheeran's "You Need Me, I Don't Need You" in 2011.

2012–present: Every Weekend and Future Perfect[edit]

2012 saw a redesign of Loadstar's image: they created a new logo and began to gain recognition from a wider audience. The duo remixed "Tommy's Theme" by Noisia, which appeared on the special edition of their album Split the Atom, re-released by mau5trap. They produced "Parasite", the lead single from Hadouken!'s third studio album Every Weekend. It was released as a free download on 11 April 2012,[9] and the song was later released alongside remixes on 19 May.[10] They also produced the majority of tracks on Every Weekend, including the album's fifth single "Levitate" which was co-produced by Noisia. On 8 May, they released a free two-track single titled "Second Skin / Terror Drone".[11] On 8 July, they released their first extended play titled "Passenger / Bomber", alongside a remix of "Passenger" by Culprate.[12] In September, they released a remix of Excision's "Sleepless", as part of his mau5trap remix album X Rated: The Remixes.[13] In November, they released a remix of Rudimental's single Not Giving In featuring John Newman and Alex Clare. They released a remix of The Good Natured's song "5-HT" as a free download in December. Their most popular release to date, "Black and White" featuring Benny Banks, was released on 9 December 2012. The official video has accumulated over one million YouTube views.[14][15] It was later announced that this was to be the first single from their debut album.

It was announced in February that the duo would be releasing their debut album, titled Future Perfect, on 5 May 2013. However, this was later delayed to 26 May.[16] On 8 February, they released the track "Drowning" from the album as a free download. On 21 April 2013, "Refuse to Love / Flight" featuring Takura was released as the album's second single.[17] On 9 May 2013, they announced the fifteen-track standard edition album tracklist. It includes guest appearances from Scrufizzer, Takura, Jakes, Benny Banks, Jenn D, Hadouken! and Lloyd Yates. The deluxe edition of the album features seven extra tracks.[18]

In 2013, the duo produced grime songs for Dot Rotten, Benny Banks and Scrufizzer. They also produced P Money's 2013 single "Round the Clock", the title track from his EP on Rinse. The first single after Future Perfect, entitled "Stepped Outside" / "Under Pressure", was released on 6 April 2014. On 17 April, "Stepped Outside" was added to BBC Radio 1Xtra's C-list,[19] and it rose to their B-list on 24 April,[20] staying in rotation for the following week.[21]

On 13 July 2014, Dot Rotten released his second studio album Interview for free download, which included the Loadstar production "Determination".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Song Label Release
2009 "Remember" / "Rushin Dragon" (as Xample & Lomax) RAM Records Non-album singles
2010 "Link to the Past" / "Rapidas"
"Space Between" / "BLVD"
2011 "Berlin" / "Hit the Ground"
2012 "Second Skin" / "Terror Drone" Future Perfect
"Passenger" / "Bomber"
"Black & White" (featuring Benny Banks)
2013 "Refuse to Love" (featuring Takura)
2014 "Stepped Outside" / "Under Pressure" Non-album single

Other appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Label
2011 "Kaoss" RAM 100 RAM Records

Remixes[edit]

Year Song Artist
2010 "Two Lives" Example
2011 "Fighting Fire" Breakage featuring Jess Mills
"Blind Faith" Chase & Status featuring Liam Bailey
"Price Tag" Jessie J featuring B.o.B
"The Shield and the Sword" Clare Maguire
"Illmerica" Wolfgang Gartner
"Live For What I'd Die For" Jess Mills
"You Need Me, I Don't Need You" Ed Sheeran
2012 "Tommy's Theme" Noisia
"Sleepless" Excision
"New York" Angel Haze
"Not Giving In" Rudimental featuring John Newman & Alex Clare
"5-HT" The Good Natured
"You're the One" Charli XCX
"Lose It" Jenn D
2013 "Lifted" Naughty Boy featuring Emeli Sandé
"Losing You" (VIP Mix) Loadstar featuring Jenn D
"Warrior" (VIP Mix) Loadstar featuring Jakes

Production credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2010 "Mecha Love" Hadouken! Every Weekend
"Oxygen"
2012 "Parasite"
2013 "Levitate" (additional production by Noisia)
"As One"
"Stop Time"
"The Comedown"
"Round the Clock" P Money Round the Clock EP
2014 "Determination" Dot Rotten Interview

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Xample & Lomax Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Xample & Lomax - Lowdown / The Latter :: Ram Records :: RAMM65 at RollDaBeats". RollDaBeats. 2007-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Contra feat. Lomax / Keep Their Heads Ringing (RAM Records) :: Beatport". Beatport. 2009-02-02. 
  4. ^ "Xample & Lomax - Remember - YouTube". YouTube. 2010-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Remember / Rushin Dragon by Xample & Lomax mp3 download - Drum & Bass Arena Download". Drum & Bass Arena. 2010-04-26. 
  6. ^ "Jessie J - Price Tag - Loadstar Mash Hit by Loadstar on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Loadstar - Space Between (Official Video) - YouTube". YouTube. 2011-02-20. 
  8. ^ "RAM 100 (RAM Records) :: Beatport". Beatport. 2011-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Hadouken! - Parasite (FREE DOWNLOAD) by hadouken on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. 2012-04-11. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Parasite (Remixes) by Hadouken!". iTunes. 2012-05-19. 
  11. ^ "SECOND SKIN by Loadstar on SoundCloud". SoundCloud. 2012-05-04. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Passenger / Bomber - EP by Loadstar". iTunes. 2012-07-08. 
  13. ^ "X Rated: The Remixes (mau5trap) :: Beatport". Beatport. 2012-09-03. 
  14. ^ "Loadstar - Black & White (Ft. Benny Banks) (Official Video) - YouTube". YouTube. 2012-11-21. 
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Black & White (Remixes) by Loadstar". iTunes. 2012-12-09. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Future Perfect by Loadstar". iTunes. 2013-05-26. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Refuse To Love (Remixes) / Flight - EP by Loadstar". iTunes. 2013-04-21. 
  18. ^ "Loadstar - We're pleased to be able to reveal the track list from...". Facebook. 2013-05-09. 
  19. ^ "Twitter / 1Xtra: Playlist update! New entries ...". Twitter. 17 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Twitter / 1Xtra: Playlist update! Newness ...". Twitter. 24 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Twitter / 1Xtra: ** HOT OFF THE PRESS ** ...". Twitter. 1 May 2014.