Colours

Colours

by Adam F
     
 

Blazing onto the scene in 1996 with his debut single, "Metropolis," Adam F was greeted as the next big thing in English drum and bass. Rightly so, as a year later, his debut album, Colours, introduced us to a wide range of styles and innovations previously unheard in that genre. Jazz sensibilities direct the sterling "73," in which a cupped tenor sax shares…  See more details below

Overview

Blazing onto the scene in 1996 with his debut single, "Metropolis," Adam F was greeted as the next big thing in English drum and bass. Rightly so, as a year later, his debut album, Colours, introduced us to a wide range of styles and innovations previously unheard in that genre. Jazz sensibilities direct the sterling "73," in which a cupped tenor sax shares aural space with live drums, bass, guitar, and organ. The ethereal vocals of Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn grace "The Tree Knows Everything," while a soothing break-beat and strings propel the song at a gentle pace. On "Music on My Mind," Adam turns his voice into another instrument by using a vocoder -- a '70s-style device for a '70s-referencing guy. His homage to the era is no more apparent than in "Dirty Harry," his interpretation of the Lalo Schifrin theme to the Clint Eastwood classic. The club anthem, "Circles," appears here in its original form and in a remix by Bristol break-beat maestro Roni Size. Anyone familiar with Size's work on the Mercury Music Prize-winning LP New Forms will know what to expect: furious live drumming and liberal use of the upright bass. In Colours, Adam F has created an album that can float in any of the various drum and bass subgenres, all the while staying true to the singular style of an innovator.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Love
Too many drum'n'bass artists rely on obvious clichés, leading critics to dismiss the genre on the whole as repetitive. Like Roni Size before him, Adam F hopes to change all that, adding some intriguing spice to the typical, skittering breakbeats-meet-bottomless basslines sonic stew. Opening with the blaxploitation funk of "73" -- chunky wah-wah guitar, bopping congas, rollicking drumbeats and all -- Adam F makes his desire for diversity clear right from the get-go. Drum'n'bass is merely the template from which he launches his heady sonic excursions, flowing seamlessly from the straightforward jungle of "Metropolis" into the brilliantly accessible soul of "Music in My Mind," which boasts dreamy keyboards and a vocoder melody Midnight Starr would kill for. The rest of the album is similarly diverse, from the ambient atmospheres of "Mother Earth" to the strangely gorgeous pop of "The Tree Knows Everything," which features vocals by Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn. For purists, there's also a Grooverider remix of "Dirty Harry" and Size's reworking of "Circles," but Colours offers something to please just about every techno fan.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1997
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724382172529
catalogNumber:
8217252

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Adam F   Primary Artist,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Human Whistle,fender rhodes
Tracey Thorn   Vocals,Track Performer
Nick Cohen   Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Damon Brown   Trumpet
Goldie   Vocals
MC Conrad   Track Performer
Peter Shrubshall   Flute,Saxophone
Greg Lester   Guitar
Tim Philbert   Bass
Spry   Percussion
Dave Ital   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bob James   Composer
Ben Watt   Producer
Roni Size   Producer
Adam F   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Tim Philbert   Composer

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