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James Kelly DJ Workshop at R10 Leicester 27.01.18

January 17, 2018

Ableton User Group Leicester Mark Towers James Kelly

I will be delivering a DJ workshop focused on the use of locked grooves at the Ableton User Group meeting at R10 in Leicester. Details below:

Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers will be on hand to guide you through some of the new features of Ableton Live 10. This workshop will include techniques for composition and performance with a focus on some of Live 10’s new devices, workflows and Push integration. more details on the upcoming release of Live 10 can be found here:

We are also very please to invite James Kelly along for a very special workshop:

As a turntablist for the last 15 years, James Kelly’s music explores the remixing of vinyl using DJ scratch techniques for the creation of new music. James will discuss how he takes influence from both Hip hop turntablism and experimental music practices when approaching the turntable for composition and performance. The workshop will explore locked grooves in DJ’ing and composition. A locked groove on a vinyl record is a closed groove, which traps the turntable needle creating a short repeating passage. They have been used by a range of artists from the Musique concrète of Pierre Schaeffer to the Detroit Techno of Jeff Mills. Participants in the workshop will experiment with mixing locked groove records and creating new locked grooves, by placing stickers onto existing records causing the sound to loop.

After both workshops, we invite you to take part in a Link jam. Simply bring your Link enabled devices, plug and and get your groove on. What is Link? Details here: (more…)


Ola Szmidt EP1 – Vinyl and Digital Release

December 1, 2017

Ola Szmidt EP1

The debut EP from Ola Szmidt is now available on vinyl, in a limited edition of 500 copies. I co-wrote and produced the track Moja which is featured on the EP. The release has been supported by the PRS Foundation for New Music and the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award where Ola has received mentoring from Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Emily Moxon (Brownswood Recordings). Moja features Ola Szmidt on vocals, Corey Mwamba on Vibes, Dave Dhono on Cello and Cyriel Diels on saxophone. It was mixed by Chris Cousin and myself at the Bathysphere studio and mastered by Kieran Hebden.


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.

Chillout DJ Mix: James Kelly Cold Chillin Mix

March 12, 2013

DJ Mix featuring remixes of my latest release The Healing along with tracks by Envelope, LV, Jacques Greene, Bonobo, Hudson Mohawke, Djrum, King Midas Sound, Lapalux and Floating Points

Full track list below


The Healing James Kelly Ft Ola Szmidt Remix EP

February 20, 2013

The Healing remix EP

The remix EP of my track The Healing Ft Ola Szmidt is available on download and limited edition 5″ lathe cut vinyl. The EP features an eclectic collection of remixes by Daidono, Si Tew, Envlope, Echo Locate and Adam Chetty.

The Healing and The Healing (Daidono Remix) are available on 5″ lathe cut vinyl, cut by myself on my own disc cutting lathe. The 5″ is packaged in a screen printed gatefold card sleeve, with CDR of the full remix EP, limited 200 copies. The release also includes immediate download of 7-track EP in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or Wav.

The Healing track is from the forthcoming from the album Transformation of the Mind due out in 2014.

From The Archive: Funk and Soul DJ Mix

February 5, 2013

I found one of my DJ mixes on an old hard drive. Its a selection of Soul and Funk tracks that I was playing out back in 2007. Including tracks from Quantic Soul Orchestra, Mark Ronson Feat Alex Greenwald, Lack of Afro, Betty Harris, James Brown, Joe Cocker and others.

Chillout DJ Mix on Mixcloud

October 31, 2012

vinyl record chill out dj mix

I’ve posted a new mix on mixcloud, which is a selection of laid back tracks with some laid back presenting from me! Its a mixture of electronic music with ambient, dub and funk influences. Check the mix to hear my soon to be released track The Healing Ft Ola Szmidt along with a remix from Envelope. I also played tracks from my label mates and collaborators, Chin Chin and Pandacub Ft I-mitri, alongside music from DJ Shadow, Rhythm and Sound, Bonobo and Midaircondo among others. Full track list on Mixcloud.

Pure Phase Dubstep Mix for 8755 Recordings

November 22, 2011

You're in Tune To The Biscuit Tin Soundsystem

We have put together a Pure Phase DJ Mix of Dubstep tracks that we are currently dropping in out sets.

Track List (more…)

Sonar Barcelona 2011

June 29, 2011

Some of my highlights from Sonar this year. (more…)

Pure Phase: The Silent out now on Full Melt Records

September 22, 2010

Pure Phase the silent

New Pure Phase track is out on San Fransisco based label Full Melt. The original track features Alison Mason on vocals and Mike Sole on rhodes. The remix is by Om Unit and has been destroying dance floors at our gigs!