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Former Klaxons singer James Righton returns with new solo single ‘The Performer’

James Righton, founder of new rave band The Klaxons, has returned to music with his 1970s inspired solo material.

Righton, who has previously released material through his moniker Shock Machine, is back with a slowed-down number as he prepares to release his new album The Performer through the Soulwax-run label, DEEWEE in March.

“Am I this showman up on stage? Or am I the dad changing nappies?,” Righton asks in the accompanying press release. “Am I living in the moment and doing something enjoyable? Or am I fucking miserable?

“I find that really interesting: this idea of putting on a suit and becoming this other thing.”

Below, stream the first taster from the record with accompanying video as our Track of the Day:

“I was really interested in the idea of using a live performance as the basis for a music video,” director Hugo Campan said of the video.

“I wanted the video to delve into what music is at its most existential point: a human performance and a live experience. James is a great showman. He has so much energy, attitude and style. We filmed 43 consecutive takes to create something unique, and by the end of the process it drifted into a kind of abstract, surreal MTV performance.”

The Performer Tracklist:

1. The Performer
2. Edie
3. See The Monster
4. Devil Is Loose
5. Lessons In Dreamland, Pt. 1
6. Start
7. Are You With Me?
8. Heavy Heart
9. Lessons In Dreamland, Pt. 2