Review: After such a massive year in 2019 with their 25th anniversary celebrations, you could forgive Metalheadz if they took their foot off the gas for a second as we hurtle into a new decade. But no, if anything they're ramping up again. And Adred's debut album is proof. From that introductory headbutt of a tune "Amenity" right through to the turbo-charged emotions and floatiness of the finale "Left Behind", the longstanding NYC artist has created a monster of a debut album here. Dedicated to his father, featuring the likes of Commix, DRS, Jamal, Strategy, Dave Owen and exploring every shade, style and sound that's inspired and drove him for the last 16 years of production, Adred has delivered a quintessential Headz album here. Essential.
Review: Captivating us since he first emerged on CIA in 2015, US jungle representor Adred fires off another four track flare on Headz, this time on their Platinum series. Once again traversing the widest spread ranging from breath-taking Marcus Intalex remix of the Manos-fronted title track to the gnarled dark rolls and stuttering drums of "Happnast" (with fellow New Yorker Dave Owens), everything about this EP is acutely on point. Elsewhere we find Ant TC1 getting elbow deep on the dreamy steps of "1238" before "New Soul" brings us back down to reality softly in a deep dream haze. D&B bliss.
Review: 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.
Around The Sun (feat Robert Manos) - (5:26) 172 BPM
170 Untitled - (6:27) 170 BPM
Ghetto Chemistry (feat Lystone) - (4:48) 58 BPM
Just A Moment - (5:52) 174 BPM
Review: 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.
Review: 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.
Review: New York's Adred returns to Metalheadz with two outstanding cuts right here. Both of which feature some major league collaborations, too. The wonderfully deep "Valley Groove" takes the lead with Commix on board; dreamy, purring and laced with just a smidgeon of hazy jazzy undertones, it's a total lesson in restraint. "Stuck In Loop" (with Ant TC1) maintains the soulful tendencies but with much more of a barbed touch as DRS lays down his lyrical raw emotion. Both are absolutely stunning.
Review: Vandal's Modern Soul series of LPs has for a long time been a breeding ground for a wide variety of drum & bass, including formative tracks from Shield, Monty and others. This time around it's number five and the quality continues, kicking things off with a gorgeously light liquid number from Phase and Lameduza that brings old school vibes right to the forefront. Tech wizard Rizzle is known for his liquid depth too as 'Levitate' has a sumptuously mystical back end that falls and falls, whilst fellow minimal heads Invadhertz equally try their hand at wispy pads and far-off vocal samples. Monty makes an appearance, as does Amoss, SKS and Arcatype. A tour de-force.