‘Elements’ is an interesting EP that successfully encapsulates the diverse range of flavours currently resonating amongst the bass music faithful. The EP covers many genres ranging from Hip Hop and Drum & Bass to Dubstep, Moombahton and Electro House. It is evident that Adam F is a man who has spent his career at the forefront of the electronic music scene and has no intentions of stopping here.
01. Adam F – Elements
The Title track ‘Elements’ kicks off with a huge big room melody offering a euphoric moment early in the arrangement. The drop heads into dirtier territory but keeps the mood up beat making use of the familiar Knife Party whoop sound, combined with glitchy synth edits and cheeky lasers. Although I wouldn’t describe Elements as groundbreaking, it does successfully marry two massively popular and contemporary music styles; Big Room House with Skrillex/Knife Party style Electro House. It effectively utilises a formula of cross-pollinating genres, a technique I can envisage being replicated by other artists.
02. Sander Van Dorn – Nothing Inside ft. MAYAENI (Adam F Remix)
Sander Van Dorn’s ‘Nothing Inside’ has one of those vocals and melodies that will become an instant classic. It is beautifully crafted, deep and meaningful, with enormous crossover potential. A track of this calibre deserves a remix that does it justice and Adam F delivers. The re-working is an upfront Drum & Bass anthem that will be a sure fire hit this summer. Contrasting light and dark, Adam envelopes the epic tone of the original while fusing bright leads with filthy bass. The interplay between ‘Nothing Inside’s’ defining elements yields high levels of energy throughout, creating more dance floor ammunition.
03. Adam F vs Sonic C – In the Air
The ethos of the EP is centred on developing a union between different bass styles and ‘In The Air’ continues in the same way. Aesthetically it shares many characteristics with releases that are currently being labelled under the Moombahton umbrella, however it differs from regular Moombahton releases by rolling along at steady 128 bpm instead of the standard 110-115 bpm. Featuring Reggaeton style snares coupled with talking bass’, it is heavily influenced by Knife Party’s current sound. ‘In The Air’ is very similar to ‘Elements’ but it exploits a well known vocal as a focal point in contrast to the big room euphoria imposed by its counterpart.
04. Aftrojack feat Eva Simons – Take Over Control (Adam F Remix)
‘Take Over Control’ takes the EP in a different direction. Like a musical chameleon, Adam F proves he is capable of diversity by crafting another great remix. This piece embodies a more relaxed attitude towards Dubstep, a welcome change to the overabundance of Brostep currently circulating the net. His work developing acts such as Nero is evident, showcasing a melodic approach to the genre. While his version explores different musical territory to its initial release, Adam cleverly introduces Afrojack’s pitched lead motif, saluting the original and teasing the audience at the same time.
05. Adam F & DJ Fresh – It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop (Feat Dead Prez)
‘It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop’ is the stand out track of the EP. Collaborating with DJ Fresh, Adam F unites the world of US Hip Hop with the UK underground. Not only is their take on the seminal record appropriately dirty, it is delivered with a masterful touch of class and finesse. It respectfully plays homage to Dead Prez’s Hip Hop roots by incorporating tight chops to the ‘Super Sharpe Shooter’ style bass, like a DJ cutting a cross fader. A slick move equally highlighting their history in the UK Drum & Bass scene. This take on the classic captures the spirit of the original and strikes the perfect balance between old and new without being overly aggressive.
06. Adam F – When The Rain Is Gone
‘When The Rain is Gone’ offers a good interpretation of today’s commercial Dubstep sound. It is melodic with a dominant vocal hook driving the track. The leads and bass are well balanced, creating a solid soundscape. There is enormous potential for this to become a mainstream chart release. It is radio friendly, club friendly and the vocal is catchy enough to become memorable. What makes this effort particularly interesting is the use of the high pitched arp lead replacing the typical opening bass drop. It is a nice touch, showcasing Adam F’s creativity as a producer.
‘Elements’ drops on the 29th July 2012. Make sure you get your hands on one.
Mike Steventon is a Hardstyle/Hard Trance DJ and producer from the UK known for his energetic performances and cutting edge dance music productions.
Fusing new school production techniques with old skool influences, Mike’s sound is unique, innovative and always pushes musical boundaries.
Having held residencies in premier clubs in the Southwest and invited to perform at world-class events including Judgement Sundays, Bionic, Audio Surgery, Contact, ’Be’@ Space Ibiza, Ibizian Heat, K405 and more, Mike has amassed a loyal global following.
His appreciation for all genres of EDM makes him the ideal person to take the position of Resident International Music Reviewer at Teknoscape.