Wes James is the slightly enigmatic Angeleno behind Le Youth, a producer without a past whose music is steeped in it. His signature sound is a blend of Clinton-era R&B and the house music that was lighting up dancefloors and radio stations around the globe during the same period, and the leisurely grooves, airy synthesizers, and pop hooks of a song like his debut single “C O O L” can easily pull a listener back to the pre-millennial, pre-Internet days when dance music offered a transcendentally blissful brand of hedonism that’s considerably harder to find on today’s aggro-edged EDM landscape.
"Over the past six months, 200,000 people have streamed Le Youth’s sunshine disco track “Cool,” which notably pulls from Cassie’s “Me & U,” and now Ultra have picked up the track for a legit, sample-cleared single release, out July 2nd. Even if you’re on the fence about this one—sometimes it’s hard to tell with a Cassie sample whether the producer is a true chef or just a waiter, passing off something that was great before they touched it—a breeze through Le Youth’s Soundcloud shows he’s got promise to spare." --Fader