IT’S been a long slow process to fruition for Newcastle-bred electronic producer James Crooks. More than five years after leaving his hometown to develop his DJ skills in Sydney, and then in Melbourne, he has delivered his debut EP Blame My Soul.
The wait is worth it. Crooks has developed a distinct and melodic style that is layered with piano and smooth R’n’B beats. Blame My Soul is an obvious attempt to showcase Crooks’ most hook-laden material, but still maintains it’s own character, even while utilising the vocal talents of separate singers, which include Tyne-James Organ, Paige IV, Coasts & Ocean, and Dives.
The opener LaLaLa is the record’s highlight. It simmers with tropical and summery vibes while Dives produces a dreamy vocal.