Residing in Brooklyn but originally from San Francisco, Jim-E Stack (James Harmon Stack) produces driving yet melancholy experimental club music somewhat similar to the Night Slugs/Fade to Mind sound.
His busy, bass-heavy dance tracks often feature chopped-up R&B vocal samples and wistful, teary-eyed melodies juxtaposed with slightly aggressive beats. A drummer since his youth, he started producing hip-hop beats in 2008; eventually the sounds of U.K. grime and Baltimore club crept their way into his productions. He moved to New Orleans to study music production and technology at Loyola University, and his remix of Nguzunguzu's "Mirage" made an impact, leading to his first release, 2011's Come Between EP, which received extensive airplay on BBC Radio 1. Following the "Bubble Boy" single on Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy's Body High label, Stack moved to Brooklyn in the summer of 2012 and began working on his debut album. In 2013, he remixed Deptford Goth's song "Union," and played gigs with acid house legend DJ Pierre as part of Body High's fall tour. Following a tour with Shlohmo, Jim-E Stack's debut album Tell Me I Belong arrived on Innovative Leisure in July of 2014. Stack then supported Bonobo on his North American tour, in addition to playing gigs with Jacques Greene and Chrome Sparks. In early 2016, Stack released a new single titled "Deadstream" as well as a cover of Björk's "Hyperballad" featuring Lower Dens singer Jana Hunter. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi