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On Footsteps

by James Rushworth

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James Curgenven The resultant rhythms, the groove, the amazing feeling when parts merge together and flow in and out of the bigger picture are just a couple of reason why I love this EP. I can't begin to comprehend the skill behind it, but I am so so impressed! Favorite track: UIA.
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On Footsteps 04:20
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UIA 04:00

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James Rushworth returns with new music, matching synthetic lo-fi sounds with a vivid leftfield production style. Bringing together his passion for East Asian traditional instruments and the intensity of electronic production, the dirty saturation of the tracks becomes an unnaturally dense texture, punctured only by the warped, distant calls of flutes and plucked strings.

‘On Footsteps’ layers together a dusty ambient beat with warbling, breathy instruments. He says “I really wanted to show how electronic tracks can become much more interesting through instrumental performance. It isn’t about creating a nice melody, but with the ambient sounds it’s almost like the headphones take you somewhere else.”
The release marks a new direction for James, embracing its lo-fi qualities.
“The track owes a clear debt to ambient producers, but I struggled to work out what energy I wanted my music to have. I’ve always been trying to characterise the subtle intensity of urban spaces and I kept coming back to the likes of Flume and Kaytranada. Letting this dirty wall of noise get driven out by bouncing rhythms seemed to embody the musical mix of my surroundings, letting the rhythms of hip hop and house music leave a fingerprint on the sound.”

‘UIA’ brings the idea of working with East Asian instruments to the fore again. Relying on a variety of non-Western sounds, the track makes for a balancing act. The overlapping layers of the track subside, moved apart by the distorted rhythms of a tape-based production. “I seemed to spend days just layering instruments and tapes on top of each other. From the ‘clappers’ through to the flutes it just became this tumbling wash of sound. I then started to draw the sound back, pulling melodies out from the background.” “As I began shaping the flow of the track, I realised how important it was to let go of the reins. As the end of the track calls out all the subtle melodies from earlier, it almost becomes this wave that swells around you.”

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released August 27, 2021

Composer/Producer: James Rushworth
Sheng, Erhu, Dizi, Guzheng, Gou, Kuai Ban: James Rushworth
Mastering: Matt Barnard @ Rockville

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James Rushworth Hull, UK

James Rushworth is a Hull based composer and percussionist with an interest in collecting and recording different instruments from around the world and weaving these recordings into his electronic compositions.

2021 sees him exploring new projects, diverging into more rhythmic electronica whilst also developing new ambient-centred projects.
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