Griffin James was barely out of his teens when Melbourne's deep house scene began to attract international attention, but he was already one of the city's key artists. Five years later, him and Australian artists such as Tornado Wallace and Fantastic Man call Europe home, pumping out melody-rich house and disco while DJing in clubs most weekends. Moving between disco, house, acid and more out-there sounds, James takes an anything-goes approach to DJing that was learnt in a city where variety is key. "There are plenty of DJs in Australia who just play one style," he told RA in 2012. "They'll be here and gone again pretty quickly."
An accomplished producer, James has released sunny 12-inches on labels such as Let's Play House and Drumpoet Community. He also linked up with Fantastic Man to found Superconscious Records, the label that hosted his recent homage to Italian dream house. RA.585 is more upbeat than his textured Francis Inferno Orchestra 12-inches might suggest, full of crunchy drums and big melodies, and spanning boogie, pop, house, disco and beyond. Recorded with a post-apocalyptic club in mind, it captures a side of James you can usually only catch when he's behind the decks.