Few DJs revel in such an intimate, joyous relationship with London’s thriving queer culture as Joshua James, whose selections carry forth the punk attitude of his urban queer ancestors whenever and wherever he steps into the DJ booth for his dual residencies at XOYO and the notorious ‘Feel It’ parties.
Since debuting on Phantasy Sound in 2019 with his debut EP for the label ‘Coarse’, James has settled in comfortably at Erol Alkan’s well-established powerhouse of dance music and alternative culture. Transcending the guttural acid of his introduction, he explored dreamy and deep house avenues on follow-ups ‘Journeys In Love’ and ‘Marlene’, expertly remixed by Joe Goddard and Deetron respectively.
But it was in 2022 that James made his most outlandish statement with ‘Fist’, perhaps the rudest club record in recent memory. Sampling personal hero and queer icon Leigh Bowery (“Boot licking, piss drinking, finger frigging, tit tweaking, love biting, arse licking…”), ‘Fist’ was remixed by none other than Peaches, connecting three generations of underground queer culture in one sonic menage-a-trois. ‘Fist’ was accompanied by a wildly creative video from collaborators Faboo TV, showcasing some of London’s most inventive Talent in tribute to Bowery, and in a hyperactive representation of James’ devotion to queering the norm.
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