The Los Angeles-based electronic music artist and producer Wes James, best known to fans as Le Youth has quickly developed a reputation for a sound that meshes 90s house with R&B – and with an extremely populist flair. In fact, “Cool” a single, which featured a sample from Cassie Venture’s “Me & U” received over 200,000 Soundcloud plays, and wound up getting picked up by Ultra Records. James released his debut EP, Cool in July 2013 and within a few weeks BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw selected the EP as the Record of the Week.
Released earlier this year James’ “Real” is comprised of shimmering layers of cascading synths, keyboards and huge woofer rattling drum and bass paired with a glitchy vocal sample and a seductively cooed vocal section. The track obviously cements James’ reputation for a slickly produced sound that nods to 90s house music.
Recently, Brooklyn-based electronic music artist and producer Figgy, who has developed a reputation for crafting slickly produced electronic dance music that channels old school house and R&B, remixed Le Youth’s “Real.” And the remix is a bold reworking of the song – the only thing he retains is the glitchy vocal sample; however, he pairs that with layers of sinuous synths, hot flashes of cymbal and very precise drum programming. In some way, the remix manages to give the song a great carnal urgency.