90s sounds refracted through a thoroughly modern aesthetic. Tracks that are serious about moving a dance floor full of people without coming on too strong. Breezy California vibes touched by a twist of European flair and an air of mystery. This is what Le Youth is about.
Wes James is the slightly enigmatic Angeleno behind Le Youth, a producer without a past whose music is steeped in it. His signature sound is a blend of Clinton-era R&B and the house music that was lighting up dancefloors and radio stations around the globe during the same period, and the leisurely grooves, airy synthesizers, and pop hooks of a song like his debut single â€œC O O Lâ€� that can easily pull a listener back to the pre-millennial, pre-Internet days when dance music offered a transcendentally blissful brand of hedonism thatâ€™s considerably harder to find on todayâ€™s macho-tinged EDM landscape.
Viewers of the video for â€œC O O Lâ€� (directed by Renata Raksha) who know their 90s music will likely pick up on the influence of a number of cultural touchstones from the time: chart-topping crossover club acts like Technotronic and Black Box, house divas like Robin S. and CeCe Peniston, and R&B icons like Aaliyah and Ginuwine, as well as a visual sensibility that evokes Herb Ritts in his role as video director to the decadeâ€™s biggest pop superstars. Itâ€™s got retro style while maintaining completely contemporary feel thatâ€™s free from gimmicks and offers stylishly relaxed relief from the ongoing onslaught of dayglo-tinged bass music and big room EDM.
Le Youthâ€™s already attracted the attention of taste-making dance music bloggers and DJâ€™s the world over, and his music has continued to impress with each successive release including â€œDance With Me,â€� â€œFeel Your Love,â€� â€œGirl,â€� and well-received remixes for the likes of Disclosure, Sam Smith, RAC, Jess Glynne, Tensnake, and Chromeo. Having already debuted his latest singles â€œR E A Lâ€� and â€œT O U C H,â€� and with remixes on the way for Alina Baraz & Galimatias, Seinabo Sey, and Digital Farm Animals, Le Youth is continuing his hot streak in 2015 with no signs of stopping.
- Kingdom Austin