With years of DJing at the world’s top clubs and over fifty electronic dance music releases as Adultnapper, Sycophant Slags and lightbluemover to his credit, one might think Francis Harris had reached the pinnacle of his career, or at least firmly established his niche. But 2012 marked a pivotal year for the Brooklyn-based producer in which his true potential as a composer, producer and label head was revealed. It was then that Harris dropped his Adultnapper alias, stepping to the fore under his given name with his first full length, Leland, an opus conceived as a requiem to his father. Now Francis has announced the second LP under his real name with Minutes of Sleep set for release February 24 2014 on Scissor and Thread, the label he founded in 2012. The first single You Can Always Leave was released this week with Terre Thaemlitz providing a hypnotic remix of the track under her DJ Sprinkles name. Spin premiered the track here.
On Minutes of Sleep, Francis continues to grapple with the subjects of memory, loss and profound grief that suffused his acclaimed debut, Leland. Writing this time in tribute to his mother who sadly passed the following year, he revisits deeply personal territory on with newfound perspective, heightened confidence and a markedly refined approach, yielding a noticeably matured and eloquent statement which transcends sorrowful brooding and rumination. It was through recording Leland that Harris first broke from his decade long preoccupation with solitary electronic music production.
Seeking to infuse his formal compositions with emotional content, Harris employed the singular talents of Danish vocalist Gry Bagøien, trumpeter Greg Paulus (No Regular Play) and cellist Emil Abramyan, each of whom provided truly inspiring passages throughout that album. All three return on Minutes of Sleep, along with Léah Lazonick on piano, session player Brendan Golle on keys and Harris’ childhood mate Gabe Hedrick on guitar. Harris even contributed to the sessions himself with some guitar and piano work, rekindling of his passion for instrumentation, collaboration and performance. The end result is an album that actively connects the dots from the electronic and dance worlds, to the realms of modern classical and experimental composition.
You can catch Francis Harris live in 2013 with DJ Sprinkles on the following dates:
December 13- Paris-Badaboum
December 14- London- Fabric