James Kumo has mentioned in the past that being part of a scene isn’t important to him, and that making music that can be appreciated by a wider audience, no matter who you are or where you live, is more in line with his outlook on music production. Now fully based in Manchester after a long-term move from London he’s had a slew of releases on Delsin’s sub-label Ann Aimee, Ghent’s Curle Recordings and Dan Curtin’s Metamorphic imprint since his debut EP back in 2008. Having been brought up through the 90s glued to KISS FM 100 and getting to watch the likes of Andrew Weatherall, Darren Emerson pre-Underworld, Paul Daley, Steve Bicknall and David Holmes, his own DJ sets reflect this; running through a mixture of deep, dubby, tripped-out house music to melodic 120bpm techno.
Launching his own label K:Music back in 2011 with the Signal Failure EP, he’s mainly used it as an outlet for his own music while also bringing in names such as Ozka and David Hausdorf. The seventh release on the label sees Kumo returning the fold with a three track EP of refined house and techno cuts. With all tracks more than eight minutes in length, these are tracks for the long sets, rolling out the subtle rhythmic elements gradually and bringing certain key sections only half way through. We’re able to premiere “Deep Breath” today, which rounds off the EP with a more contrasted palette than the two other tracks on the release. One for the gradual warm-up.
James Kumo – On & On EP is out on K:Music on the 20th May