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FABRICLIVE16: Adam Freeland
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 28 June 2006
I like Adam Freelands sound, it's primarily breakbeats with a rock/hip-hop slant. On this mix for Fabric he showcases a lot of talent from his Marine Parade label such as Evil Nine, The Bassbin Twins and of course himself. The mix kicks off with the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and morphs into the awesome False Prophets remix of 'flow' by PFN. The beats get tougher and heavier and the sound grungier, MCs rap and basslines growl. Freelands mixing is good and he switches between breaks, house and downtempo stuff seamlessly.

I prefer the breaks sound that Freeland plays to that of the Plump DJs (arguably the biggest act in breakbeat). It has more attitude and edge, the beats are grittier and sound less programmed. If you like this mix check out the Evil Nine album, 'You Can Be Special Too'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From the moment you enter this album you will be sold completely!! This is definitely for the easy rollers out there. A journey of epic proportions to be listened either before going out, in the car or bak home after hours!! Each track moves effortlessly from one to the other: outstanding skills from Mr Freeland using 3 decks, a cd mixer and various other instruments. To be able to combine all this and yet sound so gritty and smooth is mind blowing! Welcome to the future! Get it now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2005
Hmm, starts off nicely, smooth downtempo breaks, blends into the superb 'Crooked' and out into 'Superpet' pleasantly building a nice tempo, Goes off in a slightly different (but nice) direction with 'Steamulation'. But after this the annoyingly out of place tracks start to appear, and the whole thing starts to fall apart for me. There are some good tracks in there, 'Reign' is great, so is 'In all nothing' but 'Freek' followed by 'mindkiller' is a really unwelcome change of pace at this point in the mix, and then it all comes back down again to finnish off with the lovely 'Airlock'. Should have stuck around that pace all the way in my opinion.
Mixing isn't that groundbreaking either, considering how much technology is employed in the making of mix albums these days, you'd expect some really amazing blends. Overall not bad, but not great.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2004
An extremely fluid mix which can be taken from it's club environs and listened to with pleasure at home. The Marine Parade sound recently has taken many cues from rock music and with the opening of this CD by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club this policy continues. The often characteristic bleepy keyboards of breakbeat are replaced by the brooding basslines of Evil Nine and Freeland himself to create a large sound with which the deejay discerningly adds a few vocal tracks to keep things fresh. Dont get me wrong this CD still bangs! but with a maturity and a refreshing patience from the man behind the boards.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2004
Adam Freeland is a name I discovered a few months ago through the purchase of his debut "Now & Them". Upon first listen, I was immediately captivated by the way Freeland was layering his tracks with deep, twisted beats and techy breaks. I must emphasise that "Now & Them" is a very intelligent album and a groundbreaking effort by Freeland.
In the 16th offering of FabricLive, Freeland has managed to create a flow in his mix, which is truly unique and characteristic of the Nu Breaks sound. The transitions between the tracks are smooth, yet very skilful. Freeland uses two of his tracks from "Now & Them" as acapellas that blend very well in the mix. Having said that, it is notable to mention that most of this mix is Freeland's and Evil Nine's production and remixes. And as you guessed, Evil Nine are signed by Freeland's label Marine Parade!
Highlights include the fantastic "Crooked" by Evil Nine, which also appeared in Lavelle's GU in Barcelona (only without the MCing), U.N.K.L.E.'s timeless "Reign" (tweaked here by Evil Nine), Freeland's own "Burn The Clock" and "Mindkiller". If you're looking for an energetic and diverse mixed compilation, then look no further!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I find that I lack a lot of Adam Freeland in my collection, shocking considering he is a pioneer of the breaks scene and that much critical acclaim is heaped upon him. This Fabric mix was the first piece of Adam Freeland mixology to enter my collection having stupidly missed out on the likes of the Tectonics mix and even his own Freeland artist album.
I found myself wandering round Manchester on many a winter evening repeatedly caning the opening section of this mix. Such a consistanly slick, dark mood is crafted lauching off from the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club into a wicked groovy breaks section punctuated by top Evil Nine works and deftly dropped Freeland acapellas. Top stuff, and you can see where alot of James Lavelle's recent breaks sound owes its inspiration to here. Also to note here is that Freeland specifies that this is a mix knocked up live on a pretty damn decent combination of decks, CDs and FX ... the same kind of set up that James Zabiela is often praised for using so well. Its all bang on, nothing seems out of place, the little acapella drops and layering of tunes over each other sound so seemless as if the tracks were always meant to be heard in this way.
The mix shifts around the moods a bit more in the 2nd half of the mix, skipping from lighter and more bubbly breaks moments to the odd drum and bass skit plus having the immense acid techno madness of Freak by LFO on board is always a good move.
The mix keeps you guessing, just as you're settling down into the dark groove of the early mix, you get taken for a real tour around the houses. Definitely one to stick on when the lights are out.
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on 23 January 2015
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