Welcome to the sound of LA, Stones Throw Records. Best known for the top names in the underground hip hop scene including the late J. Dilla, Madlib, and MF DOOM, the label headed by Peanut Butter Wolf has been a host to the city’s best street-sprung talent. In recent years they’ve diversified their sound by strongly promoting funk and soul artists like Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne. Further diversifying and taking their sound to the next level, Stones Throw proudly presents the indie artist James Pants from Spokane, Washington.
Tastefully experimenting with funky synths and trippy vocals, James Pants shared his creativity this year on a self-titled Stones Throw album. Mixing psychedelic rock themes with electrified bits of soul, the album is an eclectic mix topped up with a gritty retro vibe. Definitely my favorite on the album, the soothing Clouds Over The Pacific is a gentle tune carrying acute melodies, deep pads, and beautiful female vocals. Reminding me a bit of Crystal Castles, Every Night boasts a dirty harmony with catchy beats, a dynamic guitar riff, and Depeche Mode-esque vocals. Lastly, A Little Bit Closer takes its own little insane trip back to the ’80s with the decade’s vocal stylings topped off with plenty of distortion.