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"iDJ Magazine"

A big favourite in his native Ireland. Edwin 'Corrugated Tunnel' James has been performing and recording since '90s, but don't worry if you hadn't heard of him before now, neither had I until this little number landed on the IDJ doormat, and it's a great place to start

From its scatterbrained, psy-style electrofunk intro ('The bionic hustle')to its wonderfully melodic electronic outro ('Adieu'), 'We are Electronix; is one varied platter that shouldn't fail to surprise or entice from the off.

And with any luck it will really put Mr.Tunnel's name on the map when it comes to razor sharp electronica. From sultry spine-tingling soundscapes such as 'Frozen Farmhouse Landscape; and 'Chainsmoking Monkey' to cheeky-yet-mournful off-beat house ('Lost Transmission'), rampant techno pressure ('The Snare') and ravey, Radioactive Man-style electro ('West Jam'), Edwin manages to ease himself into every style like it was his very own Capri Mark I.

Coming at you like Kraftwerk jamming with Eno and Daft Punk on a low budget, this is well worth a listen... just sit back, soak up the sounds and it'll all make sense.

4/5 Dave Jenkins - iDJ Magazine


"M8 Magzine"

Corrugated Tunnel is the brainchild of Edwin James on of the key players in Ireland's burgeoining electro scene and, on the evidence of this versatile debut, a man with enormous production potential. ' We Are Electronix' pinballs its way around genres for fun, taking elements of acid, electro, house and techno to create a unique sound that, if you had to nail it down, probably sits in the corner marked 'Intelligent-Techno-Meets-Acidy-Electronia'

What ever the definition, this is quality stuff - from the straight-up electro of 'Rockstars' to the old-school squelch of 'The Bionic Hustle' and moddy, vocoder-led electronica of 'Not Coming Back'. And even if 'The Snare's' crashing drumbeats come as a bit of a cold-shower shock, what's probably going to make you love Corrugated Tunnel more than anything are the string-soaked atmospherics of tracks like 'Chain Smoking monkey' and '303 on 31st and Fifth'- stonewall future classics which merit comparison to Orbital's most emotional output and hint a greatness all of their own. - M8 Magazine


"The Irish Times"

Edwin James has been a prolific player on the local electronica scene for quite a few years, yet, as seems to be the case with many Irish producers, it's taken until now for his debut album to emerge. What's clear, however, is just how useful his many compilation appearances and, particularly, live appearances have been in terms of developing and fine-tuning a particular approach to sound. Be it the pristine electronics that make up the groove on the shimmering Not Coming Back or the jumpy bleeps on Pink Is the New Black, James has the confidence to wait for his own particular sonic map to unfold from the creases. He also has an eye for the wry electro-indie crossover, as Rock Stars shows. Occasionally, James veers too near the Kraftwerk autobahn for his own safety (especially on 303 on 31 and Fifth), but he possesses enough ideas and notions of his own to prevent that happening too often. www.weareelectronix.com

*** Jim Carroll The Irish Times - The Irish Times


"One Night in Barcelona-DJ Mag"

Corrugated Tunnel - One Night In Barcelona (Elevation) Ed James makes the connection between the past and the future: ‘One Night’ boasts building techy chords and a raw Chicago bassline, underpinned by stripped back beats, while a trancey synth hangs in the ether. Chymera’s version is inspired by slamming old school techno and Scope’s version is tailored for the deep house heads. Pity that it’s only available digitally.

4/5 - DJ Magazine


"Distant Sounds-DJ Mag"

Corrugated Tunnel - Distant Sounds (Nightvision) Irish techno is re-establishing itself as a global force. With first-wave producers like Donnacha Costello and Eamon Doyle still putting out excellent music, acts like Chymera, Lerosa, TR-One and Corrugated Tunnel - aka Ed James - are following in their wake. ‘Sounds’ sees James introduce a moody chord progression over aching 303s and jittery drums, while ‘My Machine Code’ opts for a more uplifting yet melancholy chord-based workout that’s equal parts Dublin and Detroit.

4/5 - Night Vision Records


Discography

Releases:
High Rise - seedyR -2005
Dublin 2 NewYork - seedyR -2006
We Are Electronix [Album] - Invisible Agent - 2006
Dubatmos - Ork Recordings - 2007
Rockstars Swallow It - JM Recordings - 2007
TB ROX - Invisible Agent Records - 2007
Beautifully Lost - Dance Electric - 2008
Distant Sounds/My Machine Code - Night Vision - 2008
One Night In Barcelona - Elevation Recordings - 2008
The Oracle - Mode Music - 2008

Remixes:
Ikeaboy - Die To Be Alive - Invisible Agent Records, Seedy Recordings 2005
Def-Disko - Nimrod- seedyR - 2006
David Duriez - One Drop Does It - Elevation Recordings - 2007

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Bio

Edwin James first came to prominence in the public conscience supporting artists such as Abe Duque, The Hacker, James Holden, Legowelt and Chymera at the Electric Picnic Festival.

His high energy live sets enhanced his growing reputation but it was his first independent release ‘High Rise’(2005) on his own SeedyR label that firmly established his name on the up and coming Irish producers list and earned him a 4/5 in DJ Magazine.

2006 saw him release his acclaimed debut album ‘We are Electronix’ (Invisible Agent Records/seedyR). Combining shimmering techno with old school electro against a backdrop of ambient soundscapes, ‘We are Electronix’ has been described as ‘coming at you like Kraftwork jamming with Eno and Daft Punk’ (I DJ Magazine). Exquisite production is to the core of his art, and deep, melodic, clinical sounds pervade this record. The album recently won an award for Best Album at the Slick-DJ dance music awards.

His reputation has soared since and among his admirers are Laurent Garnier, Oliver Huntemann, Chelonis R. Jones, SLOK (Get Physical), Abe Duque (Gigalo), Dave Tarrida(Tresor), David K (Cocoon), Mark O'Sullivan (DK7), Ben Watt (Buzzin Fly), Groove Armada, Nick Warren and FishgoDeep.

2007/2008 Saw him collaborate with Chelonis R Jones and release records on 2007/08 saw him release on Oliver Huntmann's Dance Electric, Orlando Voorn's NightVision Records, Elevation.

His "One Night In Barcelona" Track was #1 in the beatport Deep house charts and the Juno Techno charts in Feb 2008.

His record "Distant Sounds" has been played out by Detroit Legend Derrick May from Belgium to Japan.
Footage here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLHZr6pT5U0