Adam Freeland is a UK-based DJ and producer of rock and punk-infused breakbeat-based electronic music. He was a resident of Brighton and is now based in Los Angeles. He is the owner of the record label Marine Parade, which has released material by artists including Alex Metric, Evil Nine, ILS, and Jape.
I discovered Adam Freeland in a great vinyl dance/electronica record store in Orlando, Florida called The Drop Shop.
I was on a mini tour of Florida playing DJ gigs in downtown Orlando. One of the things I wanted to do while in Orlando was go to the popular record store to pick up some records. My guide was a DJ and promoter who goes by the name CB4. He takes me down to The Drop Shop, introduces me to everyone who works there and to every DJ he knows who walks in to see what's on the new releases wall.
After we get all of that out of the way...I make my way to the new releases wall. I find the record "We Want Your Soul". It was awesome. I started asking about it, and most of the staff was like, "um...yeah...it's ok...I guess". My eyebrows begin to raise in surprise. Well...I bought two. Soon enough it became a hit, and made itself into just about every mix cd at the time. It's still one of my favorite songs by Adam Freeland.
Freeland recently released a new album. It's called Cope, and it shoulda been called Dope! It features some great and surprising collaborations. You can expect to hear Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe playing drums and Twiggy Ramirez of Marylin Manson playing bass. There are also collaborations with Soundpool, Vocals from Brody Dalle (Distillers / Spinnerette) and Gerald V. Casale from DEVO. Freeland's new frontman Kurt Baumann also sings on four songs.
According to the acclaimed Grammy-nominated DJ/producer Adam Freeland, he always intended his groundbreaking new full-length Cope™, to be more than just another electronica album.
Adam says this about Cope:
I wanted to make more than just another artist project, I always saw Cope™ as a band album more than just another DJ slapping together a bunch of random club grooves.
It seems likely that if Freeland is coming to your town, that it's not just going to be a DJ set, but a live performance. Adam explains further:
I’ve always mixed rock into my sets anyway, so having a band is just a natural progression from that. Freeland has all the hard-hitting grooves of my DJ sets, but played live they’re even more raw, personal and in your face. This is the sound I’ve always heard in my head, so now I want to hear it as loud as possible!
My favorite track on the album, and trust me it was hard as hell to decide on one, ends up being the one I also think will get you to buy the album. You tell me if you are not interested in picking it up after listening to it below:
[Download Freeland - Rock On (David Essex cover)]
You probably recognize it as a cover. It is David Essex's song Rock On with
more awesome lyrics and a much darker groove. I can't wait to hear some remixes of this one!
Speaking of remixes, I am going to drop a few at the end of this post, so look for them.
If you were lucky enough to go to SXSW (don't rub it in if you did) then you possibly saw Freeland's concert debut. I would love to see some comments if you caught it! (But promise not to rub it in...)
One last thing, if you are just now getting into Freeland, and like what you hear, then check out his DJ mixes and previous work. The Coastal Breaks album, Tectonics, On Tour and Global Underground mix albums, as well as a FabricLive mix, and groundbreaking Back To Mine are all gems to grab. Amazon links at the bottom as always.
[Download Freeland - Under Control (Alex Metric Remix)]
[Download Freeland - Under Control (Evil Nine's Graveyard Smash Remix)]