It is a brave man indeed who comes back to dance music after 15 years out – braver still when the man who returns from the cold does so armed with a brand new style. Yet here he is, the ‘killer‘ himself – Adamski, rolling up to the door with a big guest list in tow and a clutch of new ideas, looking to bring some originality back to the dancefloor. His argument is a compelling one, that ‘four to the floor’ music – thrilling as it can be in the right hands – has fallen on hard times, and is not necessarily the future.
It’s a tribute to the first pop star of the rave generation that Adamski’s name still rings a bell today. He hasn’t made much music since his early-90s heyday of NRG and Killer, and indeed the last comment on his Discogs profile – predicting a comeback – was in 2003. Here he is in 2015 though, releasing a double album that falls somewhere between acid house, trip-hop, minimal techno and, well, waltz music (rebranded as “three step”).
History can be unkind: Adamski has been pumping out records since he was a pre-teen punk, but often all he’s remembered for is launching Seal’s career. This latest release finds him in rude health, serving up collaborations with acts as diverse as Minty and Congo Natty. The concept is to update the waltz (cue multiple references to threes) and much of this swanky limited-edition vinyl box set is convincing stuff.