The Range – Potential
The concept behind this album was that James Hinton (aka The Range) sourced all his samples from wannabe stars of YouTube, whose videos often had fewer than 100 views. You can hear about the project in a short documentary here. However, high concept or not, what stands out for me is the strength of what’s going on around the samples. It touches on a few of what I could crustily call ‘urban’ styles, as well as house and breakbeat, but all with a warmth and accessibility that don’t make you feel an outsider for not having grown up on a sink estate. The general tone is hugely uplifting – these intricate, immediate arrangements elevating their source material well beyond its obscure origin.