Following his debut on CIA in autumn 2015, US artist Adred continues to show the breadth of sonic span and abilities on the equally respected Soul:R on their so-far-spotless "Fourfit" series. Each cut showing balancing restraint and weight with a strong emphasis on jazzy textures and tones, we're sideswiped by Manos's vocals and the strong "Oblique" feels of "Around The Sun", we're soothed with equal measures of nostalgia and synthetic soul on the Goodlookingesque "170 Untitled" before getting deep, dark and minimal on "Ghetto Chemistry" where Lystone adds a unique US hip-hop feel. Finally we walk the plank into Adred's deepest, oceanic cut to date where the waves are high, voluptuous and all consuming. Stunning.
New York upstart Adred makes his CIA debut with four smouldering slices of rolling gold. "300 Pages" steps with a Lynx style vibe and features faraway vocal flexing from Seba-affiliate Robert Manos, "Into The Storm" glints with more of a Metalheadz feel, all switchy and spacious, "Drones" hums ominously somewhere in a gloomy sky, ready to drop low end stealth upside your features in a highly tense Commix type of way. Finally we hit major depth charge with the future hip-hop flickers of "Red Night" where Adred steps back and lets Lystone do all the talking. A highly accomplished label debut.
Fresh from the eastern district, Adred adds another definitive label to his spotless discography. Now joining CIA, 31 and Soul:r, Metalheadz are also big fans of this New Yorker's work. The whole EP thunders with authentic dark stepper science with highlights firing from all corners; the barbed soul of long time friend Robert Manos on "Lazy Jungle", the relentless push and Detroitian textures on "160 Breaks", the blindsiding space ricochet funk of "Famished" and the soft hazy keys and delicate introspection of "You Know" are just a handful of incredible moments on offer here. Instant classics.
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