James Righton – Start

Klaxons frontman James Righton has been writing for the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Arctic Monkeys and Honeyblood. But he didn’t release a solo album yet. Until now, that is. His first long-player The Performer is out now via the Deewee label, which is run by David and Stephen Dewaele (a.k.a. Soulwax, a.k.a. 2manydjs), who also mixed it. Part of the record was recorded in their Belgian studio as well, alongside Righton’s home studio and Bryan Ferry’s Studio One. The Performer is full of timeless songs, influenced by classic artists like Roxy Music, R.E.M., and The Beach Boys.

Fatherhood has changed Righton’s life. It’s altered the relationship with his wife Keira Knightley, which he explores on the ‘90s-tinged pop-rock of new single Start. “It’s a song about remembering the things you love in one another during times of great change”, he explains. “I wanted to write about the nature of relationships. How they are constantly evolving and how it’s always important to keep in mind those moments when you first met.”

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