[box_light]James Curd – Think You Know (Exploited)[/box_light]
He invented the term ‘G-Swing’ through his routes of infusing swing music to the Chicago house sound and during his young days attended many raves whilst underage. Having released past releases to Derric Carter’s Classic Records under the alias ‘Greenskeepers’, he goes on to release music via his solo name… James Curd- who now goes on to release ‘Think You Know’ on Exploited (alongside Luke & Jimmy)- the most consistent and inspirational label of 2012.
Early likes by a variety of DJs and legends such as Soul Clap, Tensnake, Erol Alkan, Steve Aoki, Adamski, Skream, Axel Boman, DJ T, Jesse Rose, Huxley, Martin Dawson, Adana Twins, Dave Aju, Trickski, Treasure Fingers, Pete Herbert, Brandt Brauer Frick, Friendly Fires, Black Van, Ian Pooley, Sinen, The Glimmers, Light Year, Kasper Bjoerke, Round Table Knights, Noir, Adriatique, Kiki, Thomas von Party, Etienne Tron, Death On The Balcony, Rory Phillips, Prince Language, Zombie Disco Squad…
Having already released four full-length albums under his old alias ‘Greenskeepers’, James Curd is no new-comer and he offers an indie-sounding, old-sku swing infused beat, that is sure to tempt the ears of many. The release ‘Think You Know’ has a tall order to make, it will have to compete with other Exploited releases such as Everyday, Cream, Black Jukebox 05, Night On Fire, Sincerely 91 and many more releases- so does it compete… does it catch your ears like a fine woman whispering in your ear? Does it fill your body with excitement and the need to throw your hands up and ‘get down’? Does does it go out to change up the music game?! Ladies and gentlemen… James Curd and his ‘Think You Know’ EP, does all that and more!
Introducing this stunning swing infused EP, is Luke & Jimmy who are one half of disco futurists ‘The Swiss’ and ‘Luke Million’. Developing an old-school synth sound is ‘Yellow Magic‘, which brings back the typical sounds of the 90′s disco dance floor. The heavily infused disco vibe track is a certain hit and a great way to open up the EP.
The early sounds of ‘Think You Know‘ are the vocals of Annabel Weston from Australian band ‘Archie’ and combined with a similar synth disco vibe, James Curd first enters the EP. Full of indie swag, ‘Think You Know’ is a real vocal beauty and funked out vibe. Vocals clearly take centre stage for this entire track and the combination of these stunning, clear vocals from Annabel Weston and James Curd’s production style, the track creates a marvellous disco sound that would have rocked the entire 90′s!
Exiting the EP and offering anybody the chance to witness royal sophistication at it’s best is James Curd and his final track ‘Don’t Know How‘. Geared towards the sophisticated main dance floor scene, this lounge infused beauty features a stunning electric guitar throughout and really builds up your excitement. With such a huge need to get up and funk out to the incredible guitar sounds, we leave on this track by dubbing it the doorway-to-sophistication!
Going from old-sku disco to all out sophistication- James Curd has provided an EP that offers indie / nu-disco beats at it’s very finest. Exploited continue to release tracks that grab your entire attention, something Shir Khan has done all year round. Watch out for our future featured article on the huge success of Exploited in 2012, where we will be exploring a whole range of things including a Shir Khan and Adana Twins interview special and a New Years Eve UGS Podcast from the man who just brought sophistication to the dullest of back alleys – James Curd. Support the artist and label buy purchasing the track.