Jam City

Jack Latham is a UK electronic music producer and DJ who performs under the alias Jam City.[1][2] He has been active since 2010 and records on the label Night Slugs. He has released three full-length albums: 2012's Classical Curves, 2015's Dream a Garden, and 2020's Pillowland. He has also produced for artists such as Kelela, Troye Sivan, Gaika, and Olivia Rodrigo.

Jam City
Birth nameJack Latham
Also known asVincent L'Traques
BornLondon, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
InstrumentsLaptop, guitar
Years active2010-present
LabelsNight Slugs
Associated actsBok Bok, Main Attrakionz, Kelela, Troye Sivan, Gaika
Websitewww.jam-city.net

RecordingsEdit

Classical CurvesEdit

Jam City's debut album, Classical Curves, was released in 2012 to positive reception. Sonically, the album featured glossy, alien-sounding post-dubstep and club music and established his reputation for creating instrumentals from club music tropes.[1][3][2] The Quietus called it "one of the most interesting album-length listens to come from a UK club producer in a while."[4]

Dream a GardenEdit

Latham's follow-up album, Dream a Garden, was released in 2015. Inspired by the 2011 England riots and the work of bell hooks, the album further developed the socio-political conscience of his debut, engaging particularly with the effects of neoliberalism.[1][5][2][6] Latham said the album "is about the personal effects of living under capitalism. Why do I feel shit and why do the people I love feel shit when they look at billboards?"[6] The first single from the album, Unhappy, critiques corruptive elements of online porn.[7]

Work with othersEdit

Latham has also written songs and produced for Kelela, producing "Keep It Cool" and "Cherry Coffee" on her mixtape Cut 4 Me, and providing a remix of "Keep It Cool" on the deluxe edition.[6][8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Latham grew up in the suburbs of South London. He later worked individually in corporate espionage and as a fashion designer.[10][11]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Singles and EPsEdit

  • Refixes 12" (2010)
  • "Magic Drops" (2010)
  • Waterworx EP (2011)
  • "Glide" (2012)
  • Classical Club Mixes (2012)
  • Club Constructions Vol 6 (2013)
  • "Unhappy" (2014)
  • "Proud" (2015)
  • Earthly Versions (2015)
  • Trouble Mixtape (2016)

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Keep It Cool" 2013 Kelela Cut 4 Me Producer - -
"Cherry Coffee" - -
"INTRLD" 2016 Rosie Lowe Control Co-writer/Producer Rosie Lowe -
"I'll Be Gone" Co-writer/Co-producer Rosie Lowe Dave Okumu
"LMK" 2017 Kelela Take Me Apart Producer - Kwes
"Frontline" - -
"Waitin'" - Ariel Rechtshaid, Kwes
"Take Me Apart" - Al Shux, Ariel Rechtshaid, Arca, Loric Sih, Kwes
"Truth or Dare" - Kwes
"Turn to Dust" Co-writer Kelela Mizanekristos, Alejandra Ghersi, Romy Madley Croft -
"Bluff" Producer - -
"Altadena" - Ariel Rechtshaid, Kwes
"The Good Side" 2018 Troye Sivan Bloom Co-writer/Additional producer Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin, Bram Inscore, Alexandra Hughes, Ariel Rechtshaid Ariel Rechtshaid, Bram Inscore
"Animal" Co-writer/Co-producer Troye Sivan, Brett McLaughlin, Bram Inscore, Alexandra Hughes, Ariel Rechtshaid Ariel Rechtshaid, Bram Inscore, Buddy Ross, The Haxan Cloak
"No Fun" 2018 Joji Ballads 1 Producer George Miller -
"jealousy, jealousy" 2021 Olivia Rodrigo SOUR Co-producer - Dan Nigro, Olivia Rodrigo
"Top Picks for You" Injury Reserve By the Time I Get to Phoenix Co-producer, songwriter Nathaniel Ritchie, Jordan Alexander Groggs, Parker Corey, Jeremiah Raisen Parker Corey, Jeremiah Raisen

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Sophie (25 March 2015). "Weekly Listening: Earl Sweatshirt, Diana Tribute, Jam City and more". Wireless. Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Fox, Killian (22 March 2015). "Jam City: Dream a Garden review – a departure from Jack Latham's glossy debut". Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  3. ^ Petridis, Alexis. "Jam City: Dream a Garden review – modern psychedelia with a dark edge". Guardian. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  4. ^ The Quietus
  5. ^ Saxelby, Ruth. "Jam City Is Fighting The System With Love". The Fader. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Macpherson, Alex (19 March 2015). "Jam City's songs of resistance are a reaction to 'living under capitalism', says Jack Latham". The National. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ Eede, Christian. "Positive Force: An Interview With Jam City". The Quietus. Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  8. ^ Lindsay, Cam. "We Talked to Jam City About His New Protest Record, the Angry But Still Hopeful 'Dream a Garden'". Noisey. Vice. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Kelela - Cut 4 Me (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 6 April 2015. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
  10. ^ Ravens, Chal. "Darkest dreaming: Jam City dismantles his world". Fact (UK magazine). The Vinyl Factory. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Jam City interview and mix". DJ Magazine. Retrieved 26 April 2015.