Everyone knows that with the onset of warmer weather comes the requirement for a summer soundtrack. Sydney producer Hayden James has that need covered with the release of his self titled EP. Delivered via Future Classic, this collection of five sonic gems glistens with slick production values and wonderfully cruisy house vibes, ensuring its place amongst some of the more impressive debuts this year.
Many will already be familiar with the sublime single ‘Permission to Love,’ its delectable disco groove and infectious hook making it an early winner for James. The praise that it has garnered will no doubt extend to the other tracks featured on the EP, which will just as easily get into one’s head and stay there.
The song structures are made up of multiple synth layers that weave in and around each other effortlessly. Every element is meticulously arranged and special mention must go to the vocals on cuts like ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Embrace.’ Despite the chopping and electronic manipulation given to them, they retain an elegant soulfulness that gives the tracks more life. Retaining the human essence alongside the warm and sensual production speaks volumes about Hayden’s mixing skills.
Ultimately, this fine little EP does exactly what it is supposed to do. It demonstrates all the ability of its creator whilst leaving listeners wanting more. Hayden James set the bar high for himself with such a strong effort, so he better get ready for the accolades that are bound to come his way.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
Hayden James EP track-list:
2. Lay Down
3. Permission to Love
4. No Time