Boomkat Product Review:
Loraine James scratches her IDM itch on Whatever the Weather, centering her obsession with Telefon Tel Aviv and DNTEL, and slamming those sounds together with emo vocals and math rock structures.
Named after a Less Than Jake song, Whatever the Weather is a marked left turn for James. It's not as if she hasn't explored these sounds before, but here she's unchained from the R&B, drill and pop modes she's made her calling card. She's never been shy about her interest in American Football and Deftones, but it's made completely clear on a track like '30°C', where she sings calmly over skeletal beats and cascading synth tones - not just evoking her influences but sounding similar to Hood's ace "Cold House" too.
James tangles D&B breaks with pitch-mangled vocals on '17°C', but retains the album's frozen mood, dipping the sound in-and-out of cityscape field recordings. On '10°C' she forgoes a beat completely, instead working with dipped sine tones and experimenting with glacial ambience. It's a rewarding diversion that plays like a victory lap.