Exclusive: Donky Pitch's The Range premieres his new album
Brighton’s club night heroes, Donky Pitch have, as ever, got another stellar release in the works courtesy of The Range. The Brighton-based club night turned radio show and label powerhouse signed Rhode Island musician, James Hinton back in 2012. Following two EPs, we’ve now got the exclusive premiere for the 11-track album, Nonfiction ahead of his UK tour dates and CMJ shows.
Fresh from playing The Boiler Room US this August, Hinton’s electronic yet percussive sound has already got him noticed as a Caribou-Four Tet hybrid. All splintered vocals and looping, hazy jungle rumbles, Nonfiction has itchy feet when it comes to genre, jumping from ethereal strings to tough percussion and grime. Set to play Pitchfork's CMJ show alongside Dazed favourites, Ryan Hemsworth and Kelela later this month, stream the album in full here for a first taste.
Here, Dazed catches up with James ahead of the album release and his Old Blue Last album launch this Thursday.
Dazed Digital: You used to release under another moniker, Stegosaurus. How has your sound progressed since then?
The Range: I was still in school when I was working on the Stegosaurus project and was really into Baltimore club rhythms and harmony. I think there are still pieces of those ideas in my music now but I've also started using tempo with a more frenetic pace to provide a more stark contrast with lush harmonies. In that sense, Footwork and Jungle are absolutely cornerstones for me at the moment, but I'm still about pushing into my own space with harmony, and using more human voices than I had been when I was working as Stegosaurus.
DD: What was the recording process like with Nonfiction?
The Range: It was all completed in little under a year. I work from my own studio with quite a sparse set of instruments and base tools as well. Because of that I think my compositions tend to have more involved instrumentation and I use those tools more to stitch together the song than a means to generate cool effects or sound design. I always want to make sure that the main thrust of the song is clear and not upstaged by effects.
DD: What's your tour looking like?
The Range: It's been so amazing over in Berlin, where I'm currently writing. So far I've played there and in Brighton, and next weekend I have the London show on Thursday and then head to Aberdeen and Manchester on the Weekend. I have a couple of CMJ shows next week when I get back to the US as well so its been quite a whirlwind for my first set of shows around the album.
DD: Cool. Any artists you're into right now that Dazed should check out?
The Range: Right now I'm really interested in DJ Nate's new R&B stuff under all of those aliases, I can't get enough. I suppose its not as underground anymore but I'm also still really into The Host, and Blue Sky Black Death's new work is incredible.
Nonfiction is out on October 14 on Donky Pitch, pre-order here.
Catch the tail-end of The Range’s UK tour:
10 Oct London, Old Blue Last
11 Oct Aberdeen, Cellar 35
12 Oct Manchester, Fallow Cafe
18 Oct New York, Cameo Gallery showcase with Blue Sky Black Death and Sister Crayon
19 Oct at 285 Kent for the Pitchfork CMJ showcase with Ryan Hemsworth, Traxman, Huerco S. and Kelela
Photography by Evan William Smith