Friday's Stuff We Like
Addison Groove - Presents James Grieve
The first time I heard a DJ Magic Mike mixtape I couldn’t believe what I was hearing or to be more exact what I was feeling. I remember the bass lines just rattling my insides and giving me a feeling of nausea/euphoria. This was the beginning of my love affair with bass music. I have continually followed bass heavy music ever since and it has lead me on an amazing journey from the early days of jungle to dupstep and everything in between. So it comes as no surprise that I am a huge fan of Addison Groove. I was excited to find out that he had a new record “Addison Groove presents James Grieves” scheduled for release. It had been almost two years since his previous record “Transistor Rhythm”. This new record shows Addison Groove moving in a direction inspired by his Bristol roots. Bristol is a main stay in British bass music and is home to such acts as Roni Size, Dj Die, Joker, and Pinch. The album begins beautifully as the intro builds slowly but pushes the pace of the beat. Then the song “Just You” kicks the album into gear with a heavy sub and the beautiful vocals of Josefina adding a nice counter point to the track. The addition of vocals on the album, whether by Josefina or longtime favorite jungle emcee MC DRS, is handled well and is a great addition to the album. I also like the collaboration tracks with Sam Binga and DJ Die. Addison Groove has done it yet again and made a slab of bass music that is current while giving a nod to the past. Stand out tracks include “167 Blast” and “One Fall”.
– Joe Gonzalez