LE MANS 2003-2009
Music (2004-2009) Look for cassette-only reissues 2018
Le Mans' kitchen-sink production, synthetic instrumentation, and bitingly witty lyrics found the artist well at home in Los Angeles' early 2000s downtown scene. Coldlife in the Fastlane (2004) hit a sweetspot with the Myspace-era electro crowd. Jamisin (aka JMSN), creator and sole constant member, performed and dejayed boutiques, galleries, festivals and clubs under countless pseudonyms and bands. With Disco Related Injury (2005), mixed to emulate vintage cassette playback, Le Mans surprised the now-international fan base with a darker, almost industrial, texture; while showcasing innovations in edm, coldwave, hip-hop, and vocals. The album featured cameos from scene contemporaries, and even Beyonce’s star guitarist. The producer/vocalist was invited to appear on My Chemical Romance’s Life On The Murderscene release as the storyline’s demolition groom.
The swirling guitars, along with the introduction of prototype goth r&b vocals and industrial-pop flourishes carried over into the influential Third Date (2006). Still gritty, certain tracks were re-recorded with scrappy synths replacing some of the expert musicians originally invited to record on the collection. No Long Tale to Tell (2008) features previously unavailable dj-only remixes and 2007 demos.
Le Mans side projects include the goth-retro-rave juggernaut, God Punished Me (I Think God Punished Me, 2007) and producing Disco Related Injury (English Rose, 2006).- the band named after the second Le Mans album.
In 2012, the “After Werk Slo-Rider 07 Reboot” and the 2009 Le Mans X God Punished Me reunion track, “Feerbuzz”, were released as singles.
This year, Le Mans' Disco Related Injury receives a cassette-only re-issue. Disco Related Injury – Taped Up presents an unreleased track (“American Gothic”) in addition to being surgically chopped, remastered, resequenced, and stitched up.