We Had It First: Justin James Gears Up for His First Artist Album & You Need to Hear “Paragon Thief”


It’s no secret. When it comes to electronic music, the Detroit-Windsor region has been a haven for producing phenomenal techno exports. Names like Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle and today’s man of the hour, Justin James are just a few of the artists to have emerged from the various waves of the Detroit Techno sound. With releases signed to international powerhouse labels such as Richie’s Minus and Dubfire’s Sci+Tec, Justin James has also had his hands busy with his very own refused. imprint.

On November 30, Justin James gears up for the release of his very first artist album, Compile. The 12-track LP will be released via refused. This sonically encapsulating album pays true homage to Justin’s craft, further cementing his stamp on techno. Today, we are very excited to premiere a personal favourite off the album, “Paragon Thief”.

The track begins with a subtle, minimal whirling effect that immediately piques our ears. As soon as the kick comes in, we’re already deeply absorbed in this intriguing track. “Paragon Thief” encompasses Justin’s signature deep, groovy sound, while also showing off a great sense of musical maturity. The winding rhythm will lock you into a hypnotic state and the steady beat will keep you happily two-stepping and shaking your hips about the dance floor. Several small breakdowns make their way through, as the track’s layers are peeled back and then built up again. “Paragon Thief” gives listeners more than 6.5 minutes of dark, sexy hypnotic vibrations. We can hardly wait to see what else Compile has in store!

Compile will be out November 30 on refused. via your preferred downloading depot.

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