Boardgame James

Boardgame James — one-half of Handsome Boys alongside Kamran FKA Moleskin — delivers a grime-infused production mix that’s nostalgic and futuristic in equal measure. The 1000 Doors label head has been grafting on all fronts (check the length of that tracklist) and we’re touched to be able to showcase the results in the form of our next Exhibition.

Hold firm for the announcement of Boardgame James’ next release, promised very soon. For now, jump inside the wave machine and hold tight.

“A 100% Boardgame James production mix, and a showcase of my continued exploration into my favourite era in Grime, 2005-6, when the parameters widened, mid-range melancholy and sentimentality moved in, and an equally ambitious and naive approach to production emerged.

That mid 00s sweet spot, sourced on Limewire and DC++, and distributed via Bluetooth in the playground. The influence of video game music, but not the heavy arcade stabs that signaled the next clash, rather the JRPG sounds that could score an MC dropping something more, heartfelt.

My love of music made by those making it for the first time, that unsophisticated fresh take, a playful edge I strive for in my production. Some of the tracks here date as far back as 2006, but a large part (roughly 40%) began as sketches I put together on public transport more recently, desperately trying to block out the London commute. I found clarity in the urgency to get something down before the journey’s end.

At that pace, with peaks, troughs, and side missions, a friend called it ‘Grime Opera’. I like that, but I call it ‘The Feeling’, and the restoration of.” — Boardgame James

Tracklist

Boardgame James – Tube Meditations (The Dickens Mix)
Boardgame James – Bluesy Flute
Boardgame James – Slip Away
Boardgame James – Mergers & Acquisitions
Boardgame James – Love Story
Boardgame James – Fell Off The Beat
Boardgame James – It’s The Real
Boardgame James – Queue Riddim
Boardgame James – Chosen One
Boardgame James – Smash Hit Sunday
Boardgame James – SOS
Boardgame James – Zade Glaze (84°)
Boardgame James – Specialised Movers
Boardgame James – None of Them
Boardgame James – Sun God (Devil Mix)
Boardgame James – Wheels In Motion
Boardgame James – Roofless Church
Boardgame James – Half of West Ham Turned Up
Boardgame James – Andy Run Deja
Boardgame James – Widnes Lad
Boardgame James – Weird Happening
Boardgame James – Not On My Watch
Boardgame James – Ocado Boss Run
Boardgame James – Chillin’ In My Beemer
Boardgame James – Tom Jones
Boardgame James – Misery Guts
Boardgame James – Point & Click
Boardgame James – Five Thou
Boardgame James – Evergreen Tree
Boardgame James – Pink Nyamther
Boardgame James – ** (*)
Boardgame James – Set Me Free
Boardgame James – Ocean Bluetooth
Boardgame James – Ser’s Big Black & White At The Cut
Boardgame James – Broccoli Coloured Beemer
Boardgame James – 22 Hut Hut
Boardgame James – Straight Goer
Boardgame James – Well On My Way
Boardgame James – Step Into My Office (Outro)

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