Steve James – Renaissance feat. Clairity (Original Mix)
17-year old Steve James can’t yet legally vote, but he closes out 2015 with résumé additions including touring as support for The Chainsmokers Friendzone tour and credits on the title track of Justin Bieber‘s commercial smash hit Purpose. The producer has built the buzz around him through his well-executed remixing abilities, but another milestone comes with “Renaissance,” his latest release and first original.
James teams up with 18-year old vocalist Clairity for the downtempo track. Piano chords build beneath the soulful topline, before an unexpectedly tropical-tinged breakdown picks up. Crisply syncopated percussion, bright synth riffs, and chopped vocals round out the infectious melody. Balancing pop sensibilities with inventive production elements, Steve James’ first original sets the bar high for future releases.
About his first original, Steve shared “I’m not sure how to really put my excitement for this track into words. Having never released any original music, every detail had to be perfect. ‘Renaissance’ has been in the making since early Summer, and we knew it needed something special to set it apart from the rest of my release; that something was Clairity, and I couldn’t be happier with what we ended up with.”