Jam City

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Jam City
Birth nameJack Latham
Also known asVincent L'Traques
BornLondon, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
InstrumentsLaptop, guitar
Years active2010-present
LabelsNight Slugs
Associated actsBok Bok, Main Attrakionz, Kelela
Websitewww.jam-city.net

Jack Latham is a UK electronic music producer and DJ who performs under the alias Jam City.[1][2] He has been active since 2010 and records on Night Slugs. He has released two full-length albums on the label, 2012's Classical Curves and 2015's Dream a Garden, both to critical praise. He has also produced for artists such as Kelela.

Recordings[edit]

Classical Curves[edit]

Jam City's debut album, Classical Curves, was released in 2012 to positive reception. Sonically, the album featured glossy, alien-sounding post-dubstep and club music and established his reputation for creating instrumentals from club music tropes.[1][3][2] The Quietus called it "one of the most interesting album-length listens to come from a UK club producer in a while."[4]

Dream a Garden[edit]

Latham's follow-up album, Dream a Garden, was released in 2015. Inspired by the 2011 England riots and the work of bell hooks, the album further developed the socio-political conscience of his debut, engaging particularly with the effects of neoliberalism.[1][5][2][6] Latham said the album "is about the personal effects of living under capitalism. Why do I feel shit and why do the people I love feel shit when they look at billboards?"[6] The first single from the album, Unhappy, critiques corruptive elements of online porn.[7]

Work with others[edit]

Latham has also written songs and produced for Kelela, producing "Keep It Cool" and "Cherry Coffee" on her mixtape Cut 4 Me, and providing a remix of "Keep It Cool" on the deluxe edition.[6][8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Latham grew up in the suburbs of South London and worked in corporate espionage and also spent time as a fashion designer.[10][11]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • Refixes 12" (2010)
  • "Magic Drops" (2010)
  • Waterworx EP (2011)
  • "Glide" (2012)
  • Classical Club Mixes (2012)
  • Club Constructions Vol 6 (2013)
  • "Unhappy" (2014)
  • "Proud" (2015)
  • Earthly Versions (2015)
  • Trouble Mixtape (2016)

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Keep It Cool" 2013 Kelela Cut 4 Me Producer - -
"Cherry Coffee" - -
"INTRLD" 2016 Rosie Lowe Control Co-writer/Producer Rosie Lowe -
"I'll Be Gone" Co-writer/Co-producer Rosie Lowe Dave Okumu
"LMK" 2017 Kelela Take Me Apart Producer - Kwes
"Frontline" - -
"Waitin'" - Ariel Rechtshaid, Kwes
"Take Me Apart" - Al Shux, Ariel Rechtshaid, Arca, Loric Sih, Kwes
"Truth or Dare" - Kwes
"Turn to Dust" Co-writer Kelela Mizanekristos, Alejandro Ghersi, Romy Madley Croft -
"Bluff" Producer - -
"Altadena" - Ariel Rechtshaid, Kwes
"The Good Side" 2018 Troye Sivan Bloom Co-writer/Additional producer Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin, Bram Inscore, Alexandra Hughes, Ariel Rechtshaid Ariel Rechtshaid, Bram Inscore
"Animal" Co-writer/Co-producer Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin, Bram Inscore, Alexandra Hughes, Ariel Rechtshaid Ariel Rechtshaid, Bram Inscore, Buddy Ross, The Haxan Cloak
"No Fun" 2018 Joji Ballads 1 Producer George Miller -

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Sophie (25 March 2015). "Weekly Listening: Earl Sweatshirt, Diana Tribute, Jam City and more". Wireless. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Fox, Killian (22 March 2015). "Jam City: Dream a Garden review – a departure from Jack Latham's glossy debut". Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Jam City: Dream a Garden review – modern psychedelia with a dark edge". Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  4. ^ The Quietus
  5. ^ Saxelby, Ruth. "Jam City Is Fighting The System With Love". The Fader. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Macpherson, Alex (19 March 2015). "Jam City's songs of resistance are a reaction to 'living under capitalism', says Jack Latham". The National. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ Eede, Christian. "Positive Force: An Interview With Jam City". The Quietus. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  8. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "We Talked to Jam City About His New Protest Record, the Angry But Still Hopeful 'Dream a Garden'". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Kelela - Cut 4 Me (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2015-04-06. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  10. ^ Ravens, Chal. "Darkest dreaming: Jam City dismantles his world". Fact (UK magazine). The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Jam City interview and mix". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2015.

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