ADJ’s focus on pure, unadulterated electro sets the bar a little higher than usual as it maneuvers its way across layers of analog-synth tones, emotive pulses, hypnotic waveforms and roughened, head-bobbing experimentation.
Electro has traveled quiet a distance since the mid-90’s; where breaks, beats and bass dominated poly-rhythms, dance-floors were lit with fuel-for-fire and an anticipating crowd eagerly danced to every possible sonic movement. With such an expansive scope the genre has taken, musicians continually innovate, recreate and forge new pathways, often trying to jump into territories previously untraveled. Such is the case with Shameless Toady‘s latest signing, ADJ.
Definitely not new to the scene, having sparked the Pyramid Transmissions imprint, running the IQ Record Store in London and spreading his sound-signature across the planet for two decades, Andrew Jaggers’ Beats, Blips & Other Dimensions is choke full of synaptic audio beauty. Taking large slices of classic electro-motifs, elements of Meat Beat Manifesto, Bitstream and Funckarma sparkle in the foreground as dark-room beats frolic with bass-infested wizardry. It’s all hear, tucked away in digital form; highly evolved bleeps for every blip and interstellar dimensions cascading for every beat. ADJ’s focus on pure, unadulterated electro sets the bar a little higher than usual as it maneuvers its way across layers of analog-synth tones, emotive pulses, hypnotic waveforms and roughened, head-bobbing experimentation. A classic take on old-school electro that adds an extra layer of serendipitous bass-lines and mindful knob-twiddling to an already strengthened chassis.