leo james


The next chapter in Australia’s industrial/electronic body music lineage has arrived – Leo James. A mutation of the same strain that pollinated Severed Heads, Single Gun Theory and SPK, Leo’s hypno-machine rhythms worm through throbbing beat and delirious cut ups with a subtle yet hardened hint to his disco past as one half of Canyons. Self-releasing four 12″s on his Body Language label, Leo James’ DIY tracks have been supported across the high seas by the likes of Trevor Jackson, Suzanne Kraft, Jamie Tiller and Alexis Le-Tan. These eight sides of cold heat have been mirrored in James’ other releases, one on Vienna imprint Neubau and ‘Event Horizon’ on London label Berceuse Heroique. 

As part of Canyons, Leo recorded ‘Keep Your Dreams’, their balearic-dance opus for Modular, and a seminal 12″ on DFA, while soundtracking New York clubs, Croatian beaches and Australian outdoor festivals. The duo also founded Hole In The Sky, a label that helped launch the careers of psychedelic gods Tame Impala and Pond, and released early H.I.T.S. for Bell Towers and Jacques Renault.


James Ware: james@watartists.com