Harry James, Buy The Numbers  
Harry James
Buy The Numbers
TIP  
USA 1xLP 
Label: Potions Music
2nd Press
Release Year: 2021
Style: Funk & Soul
 
  Tracks  
  A1 Un Été Sans Mort
A2 Laika (Rowland Stone)
A3 The Strut
A4 Dapper
A5 Kid Icarus
A6 From Dogs To Ducks
A7 Alice Runs The High Life
B1 May 29, 2020
B2 A Risen Brew
B3 Bum Rush
B4 Bars For Freddie
B5 The Bandit
B6 Last Dance
B7 Twenty Three
 
  Born in New Jersey and bred in Chicago’s underground music community, Harry James Brenner Jr. has built a practice termed in composites. As a longtime member of ensembles like Killer Whales, Chandeliers, and Songs For Gods, Harry’s work to date has encompassed a wide range of formats and styles, from experimental electronica and punky afro beat to MPC-chopped jams and jazz-inflected post-rock. Though trained as a percussionist, recent years have seen his contributions expand to include the piano and keyboards, allowing him to explore musical composition from synchronous angles: approaching beats from a tonal perspective, highlighting the rhythmic potentials of melody.

This dual vantage serves as the foundation for Buy the Numbers, Harry’s debut solo LP, out now via Potions Music (Queens, NY). Released under the moniker Harry James, this new collection is an exercise in mining the creative possibilities of constraint: fourteen smoky instrumentals, each under three minutes in length, which find Harry limiting his instrumentation to upright piano and percussion, building fluid compositions whose concise arrangements neatly interweave color and cadence while leaving room for epiphanies found through improvisation.

Brenner performed and recorded Buy the Numbers on his own in a series of after-hours sessions at Chicago’s venerable Shape Shoppe recording studio/loft (RIP), constructing his tunes one take at a time. While his methods were strict—no punching in, no manipulation, each song completed in a single night—the resulting works are striking in their handmade intimacy: with the album’s spacious production allowing each element to stand clearly in the mix, Harry’s process offsets careful craft with intuitive feel, creating a vividly honest sonic document.

In keeping with Harry’s diverse resume, Buy the Numbers varies greatly in both mood and points of reference: where upbeat tracks like “The Strut” and “Bars for Freddie” merge cycling melodic patterns with urgent kit work and skittering percussion (think Mulatu Astatke-meets-Jaki Liebezeit), lower-key cuts like “Dapper” and “Alice Runs the High Life” evoke figures ranging from Erik Satie and Mamão Conti to Alice Coltrane and Rashied Ali, unfolding as if the arpeggiated flourishes of Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou were set to Madlib’s subtly off-kilter timing. The result is a crate digger’s dream: a suite of sample-ready grooves that echo the past while remaining unrooted in genre and time, a product of personal vision that leaves itself open to new possibilities.
 
      Wish List  
  Price: CHF 35.00   Add to Cart  
  Releases of the same artist  
  Harry James, Harried  
Harry James
Harried
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 33.00 Add To Cart
 
  Harry James, Off The Record  
Harry James
Off The Record
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 33.00 Add To Cart
 
  Releases of the same label  
  Anzola, Typical  
Anzola
Typical
[Potions Music]
USA 12inch  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Add To Cart
 
  Controller 7, Right Handed Straw  
Controller 7
Right Handed Straw
[Potions Music]
USA Diverse  Wish List
CHF 13.00 Add To Cart
 
  Diamond Cafe, Say You Will  
Diamond Cafe
Say You Will
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 30.00 Restocking!
 
  Gerald Bailey, Migration Climate  
Gerald Bailey
Migration Climate
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 33.00 Add To Cart
 
  Meaty Ogre, Marinades - Cassette  
Meaty Ogre
Marinades - Cassette
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA Diverse  Wish List
CHF 14.00 Add To Cart
 
  Scott Matelic, In A Sky Blue  
Scott Matelic
In A Sky Blue
[Potions Music]
TIP  
USA 1xLP  Wish List
CHF 28.00 Add To Cart
 
Amaro Freitas
Y'Y
[Psychic Hotline]
André 3000
New Blue Sun
[Epic Records]
Another Taste
Another Taste
[Space Grapes]
Bahamadia
Kollage
[Be With Records]
BALTHVS
Third Vibration
[Mixtape Medidation]
Brenk Sinatra & Wun Two
Tango & Cash
[Wave Planet]
Carl Moore
Carter Lake / Must Be The Beat
[Sweet Free Association]
Creation Rebel
Close Encounters Of The Third World
[On-U-Sound]
Creation Rebel
Dub From Creation
[On-U-Sound]
Creation Rebel
Psychotic Jonkanoo
[On-U-Sound]
Creation Rebel
Rebel Vibrations
[On-U-Sound]
Creation Rebel
Starship Africa
[On-U-Sound]
Freddie Gibbs
You Only Live 2wice
[ESGN]
Gaussian Curve
Winter Sun / Fever Dream
[Music From Memory]
Hi-Tek
Werk Road (1997 MPC 60)
[Hi-Tek Music]
Ill Considered
Precipice
[New Soil]
Khruangbin
A La Sala
[Dead Oceans]
KRS ONE
Return Of The Boom Bap
[Get On Down]
Lee Tracy & Isaac Manning
Foxy Lady
[Athens Of The North]
Mess/age
Hi Wo Kaou / ?????
[Peoples Potential Unlimited]
Monophonics
In Your Brain
[Ubiquity Recordings]
Opa
Back Home
[Far Out]
Random Axe
Random Axe
[Duck Down Records]
Ricardo Dias Gomes
Muito Sol
[Hive Mind]
Takuya Matsumoto
Drawer Tracks EP
[Vibes And Pepper]
Tha God Fahim & Oh No
Berserko
[Nature Sounds]
Thee Sacred Souls
The Instrumentals
[Penrose]
Underground Resistance
Hi-Tech Dreams
[Underground Resistance]
VA
Inside Vol. 3 Selected By Volcov
[Neroli]
VA
Jah Children Invasion Vol. 6
[Wackies/Digikiller]
  1. TamTam
Ramble In The Rainbow
 
  2. Larry June And The Alchemist
The Great Escape
 
  3. Mogwaa
Translucent
 
  4. Nu Genea
Nuova Napoli
 
  5. Nu Genea
Bar Mediterrano
 
  6. Another Taste
Another Taste
 
  7. Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92
 
  8. Black Rascals
Keeping My Mind
 
  9. CCO
Sonic Atmospheres
 
  10. Earl Sweatshirt & Alchemist
Voir Dire