A while back, physician when I was DJing more frequently, purchase I used to rely on a small stack of records to get me through particularly tough transitions within sets. One of those records was “The Underwater Adventure Hop Secret Treasure 12″from the Secret Frequency Crew, mind and I always felt like their full-length CD that followed on Schematic a few years later was heavily overlooked by DJs because they just couldn’t figure out what label to place on it. Part electro, part downtempo, speckled with live playing and hip-hop sensibility, that record’s reception suffered from the insistence of DJs to slap an easy genre-tag on it.
Four years later, one of the SFC members, Adrian Michna has released his own solo project, Magic Mondays on Ghostly. I won’t get too deep into the bio because the Ghostly site has that locked down, but for a young dude, Michna is certainly on a solid path towards well-deserved notoriety. He DJs as Egg Foo Young here in the city, has done production work for Bonde Do Role and — most importantly — is one of the first artists I can think of who has included written explanations of his instrumental song titles in the CD. It’s that kind of attention to detail that characterizes his music — a sound that doesn’t eschew emotion for style and proves that there’s a place for even the most erudite thinking man on even the most down-and-dirty of dance floors. Dude said it best himself in a piece for The Fader, referring to the new record as a “gateway drug,” and a way to excite listeners to explore the broad spectrum of electronic music currently out there. And frankly, I couldn’t think of a better description. But don’t blame me when you’re 8 steps into your 12-step program.
RIYL: Secret Frequency Crew, Kelpe, mu-Ziq, Hexstatic, Outputmessage, Andrea Parker
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