Pomrad's latest album "Knights" hits the stores tomorrow, and I have to say it really is something special. There are times when a new scene comes about in music, and it's often difficult to pinpoint exactly when that takes place. It seems to me it's more like a gradual process with every artist contributing something until the scene is well and truly recognised. In this instance, it's still quite difficult to work out. You can trace the sound back to the 70's with artists like George Clinton and Herbie Hancock, but more recently and more obviously, J Dilla. From there artists like Flying Lotus and Kaytranada have taken it to the logical next step, taking influence from the broader world of modern electronic music. Enter Pomrad, combining all of this history with influence from his contemporaries at Soulection, HW&W and some other notable labels in the genre.
Pomrad, aka Adriaan Van de Velde, exercises his keyboarding mastery on his latest work, integrating it perfectly with flawless modern production to provide something truly unique. The album takes you on a journey through powerful funk fused with modern electronic music, with a smattering of ridiculous keyboard chops chucked in for good measure. The result is a truly great addition to the beats movement.
The title track "Knights" is an instant classic, taking all of the above and chucking in some prime vocal cuts reminiscent of the UK garage scene. The retro synthesiser patches fill the album with a classy nod back to the 80's, with the off-beat trap drum tracks bringing it right into the 21st century. On top of this there are some lovely vocal features to give this the feel of a proper studio album. These elements are brought together with the crispness of production you'd expect to find on a top deep house track. What's not to like?
Having already been featured by Joe Kay on Soulection Radio, and having gathered plaudits such as Giles Peteron, you have to assume Pomrad is gonna go far! Let's see where the scene takes us...