Archive for the ‘Collaborations’ Category

Archive: Performance at Sonic Arts Network Expo Plymouth 2007

August 24, 2017

Lick the pitch sudophone plymouth

In 2007 I performed two pieces at the Sonic Arts Networks Sonic Picnic event in Plymouth. I was in John Richards (Dirty Electronics) ensemble performing a piece called Lick The Pitch for the electronic instrument the Sudophone. I also performed on turntables in an ensemble called the Semorphonic Orchestra. (more…)

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Gra8755 Ft. I-Mitri – Violence and Crime -Vinyl Release

August 4, 2017

Gra8755 violence and crime

Gra8775’s Dub version of Violence and Crime voiced by I-mitri is now available on 7″ vinyl on the Dreadwise label. The track has been well received in the sound system scene and it had DJ support from Reggae luminary David Rodigan who played the track at Glastonbury and on BBC Radio.

Violence and Crime was originally a Pure Phase Dubstep track which we used to play in sets. It did the rounds as a dubplate, with DJ support from Mungo’s Hi Fi, but was never released. Later, Gra’s Dub version became an anthem on the Biscuit Tin Sound System, so it’s great to see it getting a vinyl release.

Gra8755 Ft. I-Mitri – Violence and Crime (Dub Version)

Pure Phase and Pandacub Ft. I-Mitri – Violence and Crime (Original Dubstep Version)

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Ola Szmidt – Moja – First Play by Gilles Peterson on 6 Music.

August 3, 2017

Gilles Peterson Ola

I had a nice surprise on Saturday when Gilles Peterson dropped one of my tracks on his 6 Music show. The track Moja was written with the Polish vocalist Ola Szmidt and it will feature on Ola’s debut vinyl EP which is due to be released with support from the PRS Foundation for New Music and the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award. Moja features Corey Mwamba on Vibes, Dave Dhono on Cello and Cyriel Diels and saxophone. It was mixed by Chris Cousin and myself at the Bathysphere studio.

More info and sounds from my collaboration with Ola:

James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt: Transformation Remix EP

James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt: The Healing Remix EP

Muted Fnord, Poisk and James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt

Pleq and James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt

SoundKitchen Performance with Pleq and Mark Harris

UK Young Artists Performance with Ola Szmidt

Archive: James Kelly and Adam Weikert + Turntablist Philip Jeck at Summer Sundae 2008

January 24, 2017

james-kelly-and-adam-weikert-celestial-road

I worked in an ambient electronic duo with Adam Weikert between 2007 and 2008. We recorded three studio improvisations which were released on CDR and performed a handful of concerts in Leicester and Coventry. In 2008, we performed on the Bathysphere stage at Leicester’s Summer Sundae festival alongside turntablist Philip Jeck. I think of this as my crate digger phase where I was remixing obscure records found in charity shops.

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Ambient Electronica: James Kelly and Adam Weikert – Green Ep

January 31, 2016

green ep james kelly adam weikert

 

Green Ep is a studio collaboration which was recorded in 2008 with the composer and musician Adam Weikert. The tracks were entirely improvised combining sampled sounds on turntables with samples and keyboard playing on a laptop. The EP was released as a CDR in February 2008 and was sold and handed out at gigs around that time. (more…)

Ambient Music: James Kelly Ft. Ola Szmidt Transformation Remix EP

February 12, 2015

Transformation James Kelly

Following on from the Healing Remix EP, I released the Transformation Remix EP Ft. Ola Szmidt. The EP features the original track, along with remixes from Ed Dowie, MSB and Hervé Perez. The original is an ambient drone piece featuring the Polish singer Ola Szmidt on vocals and Dave Dhonau on cello. Ed Dowie’s mix creates a new vocal lament and MSB takes the track deep into glitch territory, while Hervé Perez extends the three minute track into a 17 minute epic, allowing the listener space to focus on individual textures from the original track, while adding saxophone arrangements and glitch drums. The release is available on my bandcamp page.

Iration Steppas at Tokyo Dub: Pure Phase Ft I-mitri One Away (Counteraction Dubplate)

October 8, 2013

iration steppas sound system

Great to hear that UK Dub legends Iration Steppas have been playing the Pure Phase track One Away Ft I-Mitri. The track is a dubplate for the Counteraction Soundz label.

Dirty Electronics Ensemble and Kei Miyata

May 30, 2013

Dirty electronics ensemble kai Miyata

I recently worked with the Dirty Electronic Ensemble and Japanese choreographer Kei Miyata (Teshigawara/Karas) in residence at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, UK. It was great getting my hands dirty again with some dirty electronics and it was and honour working with Kei Miyata. Over a two week period led by Kai and John Richards, we built new electronic instruments and devised a performance piece called Rock – Papers – Scissors. (more…)

United Nations of Dub Weekender 2013

May 10, 2013

dubplate dub siren

It was treacherous weather getting down to the United Nations of Dub Weekender 2013, but once we arrived we could settle into a full on weekend of dub and reggae music where we were spoilt for choice. The sound system arena was one of the highlights and over the course of the festival, featured Jah Shaka, Channel One, Jah Tubby’s, Iration Steppas, King Earthquake, Kabirl La Amlak, and Young Warrior.. (more…)

Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hifi Soundmash

March 26, 2013

Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hi Fi

Fresh from hosting the selectas arena at the United Nations of Dub Weekender, Biscuit Tin Sound System and Wonkey Hi Fi link up once again for an evening of Dub, Dubstep and Jungle.

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