A figure amid London’s queer club continuum, Joshua James follows up a trilogy of releases on Phantasy with a swerve into techno with ‘Amber Rush’, complete with a remix by close friend and Phantasy label mate, Daniel Avery.
The track’s drums are possibly reminiscent of The Chemical Brothers in their Battle Weapon mode, as it matches the thunder dome ready scope of a big-room track with waves of psychedelic texture. The result is synapse tickling within even the best (or worst) adjusted of dedicated rave brains.
Avery’s metallic-tinted reimagining subtly shifts the aesthetic of the track, gliding out of the strobe and into the fog. Following the course mapped out by James, he transforms acid tension into graceful heights and somehow deeper plunges, ultimately settling on a groove.
Joshua James ‘Amber Rush’ drops today on Phantasy Sound.