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 Recordings. "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).
In Groups:


14BCDA James Holden - The Idiots Are Winning album art Holden* The Idiots Are Winning (MiniAlbum) Border Community 14BCDA UK 2006 Sell This Version
40BCCD James Holden - The Inheritors album art Holden* The Inheritors (Album) Border Community 40BCCD UK 2013 Sell This Version
48BC James Holden - Outdoor Museum Of Fractals / 555Hz album art James Holden & Camilo Tirado / Luke Abbott James Holden & Camilo Tirado / Luke Abbott - Outdoor Museum Of Fractals / 555Hz (Album) Border Community 48BC UK 2016 Sell This Version
50BCCD James Holden - The Animal Spirits album art James Holden & The Animal Spirits James Holden & The Animal Spirits - The Animal Spirits (Album) Border Community 50BCCD UK 2017 Sell This Version
49BC James Holden - A Cambodian Spring OST album art James Holden A Cambodian Spring OST (Album) Border Community 49BC UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none James Holden - Horizons / Pacific album art James Holden Horizons / Pacific (Single) Silver Planet Recordings none UK 2000 Sell This Version
671937 1 James Holden - One For You album art James Holden One For You (Maxi, Single) Direction Records 671937 1 UK 2001 Sell This Version
silver40 James Holden - Solstice album art James Holden Solstice Silver Planet Recordings silver40 UK 2002 Sell This Version
easy006 James Holden - Kaern Turned album art James Holden Vs Ben Pound James Holden Vs Ben Pound - Kaern Turned(12") Easyaccess easy006 UK 2002 Sell This Version
01BC James Holden - A Break In The Clouds album art Holden* A Break In The Clouds Border Community 01BC UK 2003 Sell This Version
098X James Holden - Nothing album art Holden* & Thompson* Holden* & Thompson* - Nothing (Single) Loaded Records, Loaded Records 098X UK 2003 Sell This Version
none James Holden - Come To Me album art Holden* & Thompson* Holden* & Thompson* - Come To Me Loaded Records none UK 2004 Sell This Version
K7261EP James Holden - Triangle Folds album art James Holden Triangle Folds (EP, Single) Studio !K7 K7261EP UK 2010 Sell This Version
42BC James Holden - Circle Of Fifths album art James Holden Circle Of Fifths Border Community 42BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
39BCD James Holden - The Illuminations album art Holden* The Illuminations Border Community 39BCD UK 2013 Sell This Version
41BC James Holden - Gone Feral album art Holden* Gone Feral Border Community 41BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
43BC James Holden - Renata album art Holden* Renata (EP, Single) Border Community 43BC UK 2013 Sell This Version
EGBC001 James Holden - Marhaba album art Maalem Mahmoud Guinia* / Floating Points / James Holden Maalem Mahmoud Guinia* / Floating Points / James Holden - Marhaba (EP) Border Community EGBC001 UK 2015 Sell This Version
51BC James Holden - Three Live Takes album art James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia James Holden + Maalem Houssam Guinia - Three Live Takes(12", EP) Border Community 51BC UK 2018 Sell This Version
53BC James Holden - Long Weekend EP album art Holden* & Zimpel* Holden* & Zimpel* - Long Weekend EP (EP) Border Community 53BC UK 2020 Sell This Version


none James Holden - Showreel 3.1 album art James Holden Showreel 3.1(CDr, Comp, Promo) Prolific Management none UK Unknown Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

008 471 010-2, 0084710102 James Holden - Fear Of A Silver Planet album art 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 album art James Holden Passion Presents James Holden's Silver Planet(CD, Comp, Mixed) M8 Magazine M8MAG155 / FEB02 UK 2002 Sell This Version
EQGCD008 James Holden - Balance 005 album art James Holden Balance 005 (Comp) EQ Recordings EQGCD008 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
OPIUM-023-2, VP-133-2 James Holden - Positiv album art James Holden Positiv(CD, Ltd, Mixed, Dig) Opium Records (3), ВИРУС Production OPIUM-023-2, VP-133-2 Ukraine 2005 Sell This Version

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August 27, 2020
James Holden definitely helped shaping my taste in my teens, building the foundation of what is me musically, up to this day, almost 20 years later. I was 12 years old when my record collecting love/obsession started, starting with Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, ITWT, Matt Darey etc. I found the www.trance.nu forum around 2001 (dunno if it still exists?) where I first started to notice the hype around this young guy called James Holden. Some dc++ sessions later, and his catalogue at the time was in my headphones. His brilliant sense of melody helped me feel comfortable, although his productions were (already then) more sophisticated than what I was used to with the above mentioned Euro-Trancers. But little did I/we know that this was only Holden's babysteps as a producer and DJ. Soon he would totally blossom and become not only a great musician with an enormous potential, but even become THE cutting edge, THE guiding light for a whole world of ravers. What he did with Border Community, the Balance-mix and really everything he touched between 2002-05 (ending with his suspense-masterpiece of The Darkest Star) is in my eyes still cutting edge. It's original, it's technically brilliant, it's extremely danceable, and above all, it's emotionally captivating. It's all that, track after track after track! A Break In The Clouds, The Wheel, Breathe On Me, Nothing, Come To Me, Fancy Arse, Janeiro, Safari, Fine Day, and surely a lot more. To be honest I don't think I've ever had a DJ-set in the 120-130 bpm range without bringing a handfull of Holden's old tracks. And I shit you not when I say that every single time I drop it you instantly create a sensational moment on the dancefloor. I've seen people become all loved up to Janeiro, A Break In The Clouds and Fine Day, and I've seen people lose it to Breathe On Me, Fancy Arse and The Darkest Star. And my greatest secret: Ogenki Clinic - First Light. It took me years to track down a digital lossless version of this early masterpiece of Holden and Main Element. The ultimate sunrise-track, with the most beautiful synth lead I know of.

I consider myself to have a very open mind regarding music, but unfortunately nothing Holden, nor Border Community, has released since those formative years have ever caught my attention. I did buy The Idiots Are Winning and tried and tried, but it's just too damn cold and "elitist", and I even watched Holden play live with The Animal Spirits while peaking on a great acid session at Ozora 2018, but it was just OK.
I totally understand Holden's reaction after being treated like a God for some years, where too much expectations must've caused a lot of mind ghosts within him, and obviously I wish him to create the music he likes. But my personal interest is long time gone for his current music. Luckily his old treasure is so big that I'll never get tired of it, and I'll probably never get tired of occasionally entrancing my crowd with one or a couple of his masterpieces in the perfect moments out in the forest parties of Scandinavia. And I'm still hoping for a danceable comeback.


December 7, 2017
For me personally James Holden is (was) one of the most innovative and intelligent progressive trance producer ever. For me his mid 2000's tracks alongside with early Max Graham (Airtight!), Airwave ,M.I.K.E. and Oliver Lieb works really well represent this genre. Just listen to his remix of Solid Session's "Janeiro" or his " Come To Me (Club Mix)


September 6, 2016
I just feel the need to express my views on James Holden. He is one of my all time favorite artists, along with Tiesto, Armin, Sasha, Digweed, PvD. Most of the people who are into this kind of music have heard of all the artists I mentioned, except for James Holden. I think he is way underrated. Tracks like Nothing (both original and especially 93 returning mix), Horizons, Eternity and so on.. those tracks are world class, yet so few people have listened to them. It's a shame, he should've been rich like Tiesto if it was a fair world, he made the world a better place for me.
Also, I don't like his new stuff, it's a shame he doesn't make progressive anymore. I really hope he gets back to it at some point, it would be a dream.


April 10, 2014
edited over 8 years 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.


April 8, 2012
edited over 10 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 9 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 12 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 15 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 16 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 17 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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