The rise of Jim Rivers aka Copy Paste Soul over the past 24 months has seen the elusive producer garner the support of the electronic music elite, with luminaries such as B-Traits, Annie Mac, Laurent Garnier, Claude von Stroke, Justin Martin, Skream, Modeselektor, Pan-Pot and Paco Osuna all supporting his soul-quenching sub-heavy rave inspired sound. By incorporating his love of Detroit Techno, Drum & Bass and UK and US garage into a finely honed style, Copy Paste Soul is leading the charge with a left-of-centre broken sound that is turning heads and pricking ears across the electronic music community.
Releases such as his ‘Blink’ and ‘Look At Me’ EPs on the highly respected Exploited in 2013 caused respective storms, and remixes for the likes of Photek, Deadmau5 and Alex Barck on Sonar Kollektiv, as well as Hugo on Gruuv signal that his production nous is respected and sought after by those in the know.
High-profile gigs such as the O2 Academy Oxford for Annie Mac's Presents Party have had the industry talking and his terrace performance at Carl Cox’s Revolution Night at Space Ibiza in 2013 had the likes of Carl Cox, Loco Dice and Louis Vega all dancing in the booth as he closed his set. He rounded off that summer at Bestival and IN:Motion in Bristol.
The end of 2013 saw the return to Exploited for two more EPs, plus an outing on Gruuv which was supported by the likes of Laurent Garnier and Annie. CPS has also turned in official remixes for Topher Jones on Ultra, and also James Arthur’s new single.
2014 saw a return to Gruuv for a three track EP, and the re-launch of his own label 2Swords. Now on it’s seventh EP with most of the output coming from Copy Paste Soul, his sound has attracted remixes such as Laurent Garnier, No Artificial Colours and dubspeeka. Continued support from the likes of Annie Mac, Skream, and B-Traits show that the quality in his productions continues unabated. As such he was asked to remix the likes of Clare Maguire & High Contrast, Kele Okereke, and James Wolf. In addition to his own productions Jim CPS has begun to shine a spotlight on a newer generation of producers, with EPs coming from Neil Browne and Jay Robinson.
Early 2015 witnessed him turn in a remix for Low Steppa, continue a monthly residency at London superclub Ministry of Sound, and submit a remix for Laurent Garnier for his legendary FCOM. The summer months meant a four track EP on Suara called “Pong”, his single track release “Home” on Exploited, and then an EP on Intec titled “Hypno” in the autumn.
2016 has continued at a pace with a remix for dubspeeka on his Skeleton imprint, and a follow up EP on Intec, and another release scheduled for his own 2Swords imprint for April. Plus what will surely be a career highlight of playing b2b with the legendary Laurent Garnier at Nuit Sonores, it appears as if the Copy Paste Soul train is gathering momentum. So watch this space, sit back and have your soul soothed by the bass heavy beats of Copy Paste Soul.
Copy Paste Soul’s tracks