James Holden

James Holden

Real Name:
James Alexander Goodale Holden
UK-based producer who has gained substantial fame for his tireless remixing and his instantly-recognizable ethereal style with a very apparent attention to detail. He garnered instant fame in 1999 with the release of his first 12", "Horizons / Pacific" on Silver Planet. "Horizons" was licensed to INCredible and became one of the biggest surprise hits of 1999. At the time James was only 19. He has since followed up with a handful of original productions, a slew of highly-regarded remixes, a pair of mix albums, and successful collaborations with Ben Pound and Van Bellen. In 2003, "Horizons" was eclipsed by the runaway popularity of "Nothing" (with Julie Thompson) and "A Break In The Clouds" (the first release on his own label Border Community).
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James Holden Discography


14BCDA Holden* The Idiots Are Winning (MiniAlbum) Border Community 14BCDA UK 2006 Sell This Version
40BCCD Holden* The Inheritors (Album) Border Community 40BCCD UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SILVER 024 James Holden Horizons / Pacific Silver Planet Recordings SILVER 024 UK 2000 Sell This Version
671937 1 James Holden One For You (Maxi, Single) Direction Records 671937 1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
SILVER040 James Holden Solstice (Single) Silver Planet Recordings SILVER040 UK 2002 Sell This Version
easy006 James Holden vs. Ben Pound James Holden vs. Ben Pound - Kaern Turned(12") Easy Access easy006 UK 2002 Sell This Version
01BC Holden* A Break In The Clouds Border Community 01BC UK 2003 Sell This Version
098X Holden* & Thompson* Holden* & Thompson* - Nothing (Single) Loaded Records, Loaded Records 098X UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Holden* & Thompson* Holden* & Thompson* - Come To Me Loaded Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
K7261EP James Holden Triangle Folds (EP) Studio !K7 K7261EP UK 2010 Sell This Version
41BC Holden* Gone Feral (Single) Border Community 41BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
39BCD Holden* The Illuminations Border Community 39BCD UK 2013 Sell This Version
42BC James Holden Circle Of Fifths Border Community 42BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
43BC Holden* Renata (EP, Single) Border Community 43BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
EGBC001 Maalem Mahmoud Guinia* / Floating Points / James Holden Maalem Mahmoud Guinia* / Floating Points / James Holden - Marhaba (EP) Border Community EGBC001 UK 2015 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

008 471 010-2, 0084710102 James Holden Fear Of A Silver Planet (Comp) Silver Planet Recordings 008 471 010-2, 0084710102 US 2001 Sell This Version
M8MAG155 / FEB02 James Holden Passion Presents James Holden's Silver Planet(CD, Mixed, Comp) M8 Magazine M8MAG155 / FEB02 UK 2002 Sell This Version
EQGCD008 James Holden Balance 005 (Comp) EQ Recordings EQGCD008 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
SYS 1090-2 James Holden At The Controls (Comp) Resist Music SYS 1090-2 US 2006 Sell This Version
!K7261CD James Holden DJ-Kicks (Comp) Studio !K7 !K7261CD Germany 2010 Sell This Version
none James Holden Podcast 145: James Holden(File, MP3, Mixed, 192) XLR8R none US 2010
RA.367 James Holden RA.367(File, MP3, Mixed, 160) Resident Advisor RA.367 UK 2013


Suara Free 06, Suara Free 006, SUARAFREE006 James Holden 10101 (Heartik Edit)(File, MP3, 320) Suara, Suara, Suara Suara Free 06, Suara Free 006, SUARAFREE006 Spain 2012
none James Holden Early Tools From The Inheritors Era(3xFile, WAV) Not On Label (James Holden Self-released) none UK 2015

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April 10, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
The sound of needle falling on a piece of cotton has been going on for too long...
Dear Holden, please return to dance music.


December 27, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
I kind of hoped James and his Border Community disciples would of continued a tad longer with this genre, gutted it was under indulged in imho, especially for what "progress" has it replaced them with, namely a massive library of empty skeleton minimal tracks that offer "peak" where progressive borrowed as "filler" . To be able to produce what he has done (some are mindblowing) and to spot artists that can produce tracks like "albatross" and "outhouse" on his BC label will remain "mumified" on winamp :) Happy days!


April 8, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
So much respect for James Holden. Kaern Turned, Britney Spears, Depeche Mode, Break In The Clouds, Put Out The Light, and Solstice immediately come to mind when his name pops up. Its obvious that the glitchy idm stuff isnt really getting it done anymore. New Border Community releases are unfortunately becoming less and less relevant as time passes, although I am aware some of them are still difficult to get in physical format.

To James: Rather than quietly fade out of the scene on the experimental/boundary pushing music, I think its time to give the people what they want. Progressive House as most of us know it is well over a decade old now. If you started releasing newly created progressive that sounds club friendly as your old Border Community releases do, it would actually be very much in contrast to the way the main dance trends are heading right now which is towards slowness, dubby instrumentals, nu disco. If I could influence your direction without imposing on your artistic style, I say bring some classic/vocal prog back and write some more brilliant melody. It would be incredibly refreshing even for most of your original fans who are probably in their late 20's to mid 30's by now. We are still here and still listening. You still have fans everywhere wishing you could take us back to the way that you used to do it. I know those tunes are boring to you but I personally still listen to a lot of those vinyls on a regular basis. Please bring back the melodic tunes built for big wide open spaces, if not for your own sake, please do it for us. The world would be a better place to live in.


January 25, 2012
edited over 2 years ago
He's kind of overrated. He has a lot of fans who somewhat exaggerate his talent and try to validate even his more lackluster and mediocre works.


May 21, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
From my point of view this man has had a big impact on dance music. In 2003 he got away from "progressive" music, and started to focus on tech-house. At first there were his own tracks like "A Break In The Clouds" were a combination of quality production, good melody and emotion and experiment. And secondly he was able to find fantastic producers, who weren't well known, to release gems for his own label Border Community. Doing that he set a standard for quality tech house we saw in the following years. Also his "progressive" tracks, especially "Nothing" are fantastic. The only problem is that since he stopped making progressive music, we hear very little about him.


October 9, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
First James Holden was a pure progressive artist. Since 2005 he created a wider vision of music and since that moment I was addicted to his music. There are so many different styles in his sets. Influences of ambient, electro, IDM, (tech)house, techno and many more. But he picks out the right tracks and creates an incredible mysterious, euphoric and dark sphere which gets into your body and your head. Tracks like Lump, the sky was pink & planet 7 are superb. The Border Community label is also excellent. James Holden is always developing and you can say he is the future..


July 22, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
I have two contradicting comments to add to this discography...

Firstly, James Holden is an absolute genius for conceiving two impossibly good tracks, namely "Nothing"
and "I Have Put Out The Light". For me, these two techy monsters touch a part deep inside me that few grooves do. Both have amazing dirty, grinding, erotic basslines and powerful melodies.

Unfortunately I must also add that I don't like the direction Holden is taking these days. He seems to have lost his knack for techno stormers and instead has become weirder and weirder, musicwise, by the day.

Regardless, said tracks will forever remain priceless gems in my collection...


March 25, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Another very gifted talent in the art of making music however his djing skills doesnt come anywhere near the magic he can put out when producing. He is notorious of trainwrecking time after time, perhaps that is the reason why his Essential Mix of 2002 was pre-recorded on a laptop. Altho it should just be a matter of time before he has mastered the knowledge of a good mix because without exaggregating, he seems to be one of the most musically gifted people around.

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