With the continual rise of online track identification in 2017, many partygoers witnessed DJ’s at the top of their game surprise ravers with The Streets’ classic Weak Become Heroes. Seth Troxler at Printworks, Shanti Celeste at Dekmantel, a novelty? Maybe…but it doesn’t take long to work out how many selectors across all genres will have grown up in their teens listening to Mike Skinner’s legendary release Original Pirate Material. Our next featured artist however was just 6 years old when the legendary album hit UK stores but four years ago he uploaded arguably the best WBH remix to date, earning himself a credible fan base including Skream, Jackmaster and Eats Everything. Now 22, Elliot Adamson re-released this hotly desired remix via milliondollaredits’ Bandcamp over christmas as a charitable release with all proceeds being split between MIND and The Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation.
2017 has seen a steady uprise for Sunderland born Elliot Adamson, amounting releases on Weapons, Edible and delivering mixes for Mixmag and DJ Mag in the early part of the year. Back in the summer came Je Suis, a three track EP on Man Power’s Me Me Me whose diversity had even London’s leading record store Phonica unable to categorise said title track. A simple, low-end kick-snare beat set over a glorious, almost-constant subbass, Je Suis was accompanied cleverly by Meeting House and Alphabet Song, two more traditional house/techno tracks, both with more aggressive grooves, the first with subtle background tones and the latter with sounds, sirens and vocals that surprise throughout.
The upload of “Baddest Mother F*uckers in the World” to Youtube in mid-December was his first in 4 months. He admits that the track was “the first time he truly expressed himself in a long time” and that it was “the result of 3 months of frustration”. Writer’s block? who cares… The guy’s been holding down a weekly residency at The Nest, Dalston during this time which has seen him support the likes of Breach, Subb-an & Adam Shelton and DJ Deeon. We hope quality over quantity continues for Adamson. Soundcloud followers have already enjoyed a track each day in January so expect to see him find a balance between performing and producing in 2018 which will enable him to fulfil his potential and continue to rise with that popular, care-free, slightly crazy personality which is ever refreshing to see amongst today’s snobbery in dance music.