In London, where Loraine James calls home, 36°C is the kind of temperature that causes discomfort. For those unfamilar with the metric system that's 96 degrees fahrenheit, a sticky heat that doesn't work in a built-up city full of small apartments in which AC is something you hear about from American friends but never see in reality. Sleep is ruined, skin is burned, London slows at 36°C.
This sweltering atmosphere is far from the vibe of “36°C,” the closing track from the new album by electronic producer Loraine James under her Whatever The Weather moniker. James adopted the name switch to reflect the difference between her ambient work and her heavy hitting club music (perfectly captured on 2021 album Reflection).
Whatever The Weather, due April 8 via Ghostly International, is a collection of synth washes and keyboard improvisations designed to craft distinct atmospheres. There's a delicacy to the album that contrasts nicely with Reflection's toughness. James worked on both albums at the same time, a testament to her versatility and open ears.
“36°C,” premiering below, brings the album to a close with a gentle embrace. Speaking to The FADER via email, James said: “36 degrees is an improv track that felt like it had to be a closer for the album. It really makes me feel warm and content and that everything is going to be ok.”
Check out the new track below and pre-order Whatever The Weather now.