AUXILIARY PHOENIX NEW ALBUM 'CAMELOPARDALIS' OUT NOW
Auxiliary Phoenix is James Strain, a producer, multi-instrumentalist & DJ based in Carlow, Ireland. Coming from a background of hip hop, turntablism, progressive rock and jazz fusion, these elements are combined through modern experimental hip hop production.
The latest release is 'Camelopardalis', a combination of jazz fusion and hip hop production, with live fretless & 5-string basses, guitar and drums, accompanied by big beats and synthesizers. It is available now on Inner Current Recordings.
The music is performed live by the Auxiliary Phoenix Trio, which includes James McDermott on keyboards & Jake Quinn on drums, with Auxiliary Phoenix on bass. The Trio perform extended and alternative versions of Auxiliary Phoenix productions, along with original jazz music informed by hip hop, neo-soul, future beats & progressive rock. Heavy on grooves, synths, rhodes, bass & beats, the songs range from laid back lounge vibes to hectic syncopated rhythms.
Auxiliary Phoenix is also one half of High Elders, a collaboration with Delaware emcee Gentle Jones. The debut album 'Forest of Pencils' came out December 9, 2014 on Little L Records. The album was Album of the Week for the start of December on Dan Hegarty's 2FM & 2XM show, 'The Alternative'. The follow up mixtape 'More Magick' was released in May 2015.