Sunday, November 28, 2010
AD BOURKE :: FUTURE FUNK
"Mirage" is the first Citinite EP from the Rome-based producer, AD Bourke. Combining soul chords, neon synths, hip hop beats and funk phrasing, he invites us on a trip full of light and expansion. This is some fresh FUTURE FUNK peeps, so pay attention!
Carrying the torch which was first lit by Dam Funk, and later carried by Onra, we currently have the pleasure of riding a wave of new producers using all the latest production techniques but with their heart firmly rooted in boogie and funk. The track which begins our journey, "Cosmic Connection", is the perfect introduction to Bourke’s cosmic style, with its relaxed rhythms overlaid by fizzing funk synthwork. It’s perhaps worth pointing out right from the start that Bourke’s music studio has only one window, and it looks straight up into the sky! "100" then drops with heavier, more club oriented beats. This was the track that first came to our attention via Benji B’s Deviation show. "Solar Commuter" with its fun acid bass is the newest track of the set, and along with the title track "Mirage" which opens side B, is more uptempo. "Diff Star" was recorded whilst Bourke was living in Brooklyn (and "One For Me" and "100" were recorded shortly after his return to Rome) and you can hear how that Brooklyn summer spirit left its mark. The last track is the incredible vocal version of "Cosmic Connection" featuring Stockholm based singer Amalia. With great attitude and a dynamic delivery she steals the track and makes it her own. An excellent debut, perhaps not with the all-encompassing anthology-like prowess of Dam-Funk's debut, but then I suspect this dude is a lot younger. Look out for more neon blushed vibes to come from this amazing new kid on the funk block!
MIRAGE EP PREVIEW by ad bourke