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The Skinny | Adam Freeland

The Skinny

Adam Freeland
Sugarbeat Club @ Cabaret Voltaire
29th September 2006

After a no show in June, Brighton’s breakbeat maestro Adam Freeland was back in town, and determined to make up for lost time.

Sugarbeat residents Utah Saints weren’t willing to be outdone by their guest however, and laid down a ferocious set of tough acidic breaks laced with numerous current classics, raising the bar for the main event.

Right from the very beginning it was clear that Adam was ready to rock the Cabaret Voltaire, in more ways than one, as a guitar solo intro laid way to a set combining the bravado of rock with the bass of dance. A typically diverse set of the finest house and breaks was littered with the likes of Bloc Party, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead and a dash of Led Zeppelin to finish.

Subtlety clearly isn’t in his vocabulary, but Freeland’s big tune policy makes a refreshing change from the obscure minimalism of the current trend, and the crowd certainly weren’t complaining.