James Pants and his new pair of trousers

Blake Gillespie

James Pants

In November we briefly discussed the merits of James Pants' “Darlin'” and it's brand name cereal hailstorm of hi-hats. Now only three months shy of Pants' follow-up to Seven Seals (2009), the Love Kraft drip campaign dropped “Alone” into our blogosphere. Also, Love Kraft is no more. He's gone the “no title” route.

James Pants has kept a relatively low profile on the Stones Throw roster. He's nary led us astray since his debut Welcome, but with a cosign from OFWGKTA general Tyler The Creator declaring James Pants to hold the position of 1-5 in Top 5 producers (KRS One style), Pants might catch fire come April.

Pants' “Alone” rips open from the jump with a two buzzsaw licks, then softens up into a weirdo-funk sung like Pants' performing an homage to “The Monster Mash” vocals. Strange musings and kitschy references have been James Pants' calling card since his debut, but with rise of Ariel Pink's kindred style new-comers better recognize that Pants is not sharking on Ariel.

James Pants, “Alone”

James Pants' now-self-titled record is out April 19 on Stones Throw.

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