James Yuill

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James Yuill
James Yuill performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJames Yuill
Born (1981-07-20) 20 July 1981 (age 37)
OriginLondon, UK
GenresAcoustic, Electronica
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, electronics
LabelsThe Happy Biscuit Club
Moshi Moshi
Nettwerk Music Group
Cooperative Music
Associated actsHunger/Thirst

James Yuill (born 1981) is an English folktronica musician from London, currently signed to the Moshi Moshi record label.[1]


Yuill released his first album, The Vanilla Disc, on his own Happy Biscuit Club label in 2005.[2] After releasing his second album Turning Down Water for Air in February 2007, he was later signed by Moshi Moshi, who re-issued that album in January 2009. Turning Down Water for Air was described by Clash as "a startling piece of work".[3] He has been described as "a one-man band armed with a laptop, mixing decks and an acoustic guitar".[4] His popularity grew internationally and he was signed by the Nettwerk Music Group in the United States in 2008.[2]

Yuill also works as a remixer and has provided remixes for Tilly & the Wall, The Answering Machine, Au Revoir Simone, and David Holmes.[2][5][6][7] He has also collaborated with Charlie Westropp under the pseudonym Hunger/Thirst.

In 2010, he produced a version of "Jingle Bells" for a Guinness commercial, using pint glasses containing varying levels of Guinness to create the tune.[8]

In 2013, after a successful campaign on PledgeMusic, he released his fourth studio album called "These Spirits" on his Happy Biscuit Club label. Yuill's fifth album A Change In State is to be released in July 2017.



  • The Vanilla Disc (2005), Happy Biscuit Club
  • Turning Down Water for Air (February 2007), Happy Biscuit Club
  • Turning Down Water for Air (January 2009), Moshi Moshi
  • Earth EP/Fire EP (2009), Moshi Moshi
  • Movement In A Storm (2010), Moshi Moshi
  • These Spirits (2013), Happy Biscuit Club
  • A Change In State (2017), Happy Biscuit Club


  • "This Sweet Love" (2008), Moshi Moshi
  • "No Pins Allowed" (2008), Moshi Moshi
  • "No Surprise" (2009), Moshi Moshi
  • "Over The Hills" (2009), Moshi Moshi
  • "On Your Own" (2010), Moshi Moshi
  • "First In Line" (2010), Moshi Moshi
  • "Crying For Hollywood" (2011), Moshi Moshi
  • "Turn Yourself Around" (2013), The Happy Biscuit Club


  1. ^ "Single Reviews, James Yuill 'No Surprise'". Channel4.com. 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-11-26.
  2. ^ a b c Nastos, Michael G. "James Yuill Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-12-12
  3. ^ Murray, Robin (2009) "Track of the Day 10/12 - James Yuill", Clash, 10 December 2009, retrieved 1 January 2010
  4. ^ Wither, Emily (2009) "James Yuill - The MacBeth, London (24/01/2009) Archived 2012-03-27 at the Wayback Machine", dailymusicguide, 28 January 2009, retrieved 1 January 2010
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (2008) "New band of the day No 380: James Yuill", The Guardian, 1 September 2008, retrieved 1 January 2010
  6. ^ "Artist of the Week! James Yuill", rockfeedback.com, 26 January 2009, retrieved 2010-12-12
  7. ^ "James Yuill Archived 2011-07-13 at the Wayback Machine", IMU, retrieved 2010-12-12
  8. ^ "James Yuill remixes Jingle Bells using pints of Guinness", music-news.com, 10 December 2010, retrieved 2010-12-12

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