TOTD // 28/11 // Adesse Versions

Published: November 28, 2016, words by Oli Katz

Adesse Versions is an alias of Kevin Gorman, a UK DJ & producer active under various aliases since 2001. “Up till 2010 I was touring internationally and releasing a lot of music. For Ostgut Ton and Curle, also Cocoon, Stroboscopic Artefacts, CLR, Gigolo and many others. In 2010, I took two years off and had some other adventures. This included living for a year in Vietnam” he explained in his fabric Introducing article. Whilst in Vietnam, the alias Adesse Versions was born with an all-dubplate vinyl set on Boiler Room. Shortly after, he released his debut EP on Trus’me’s imprint Prime Numbers which kickstarted what has been another fruitful project for Gorman.

His music has since been featured on labels such as Numbers, Local Talk, Heist, Toy Tonics and Crosstown Rebels, alongside numerous remix credits for Blossoms, Shura, Fono and major labels Sony, Virgin, Polydor and Decca. Fans and supporters of his music include a long list of established artists, from Gilles Peterson, Derrick May, Carl Craig to Larry Heard, DJ Spinna, Osunlade, Jackmaster, Bicep and many more. With over a decade in the music scene under his belt, and countless shows in some of the most respected establishments, his DJing is of the same calibre as his production. As concrete proof, he recently announced his debut performance at the electronic music scene’s mecca, Berghain. Before then however, he’ll be coming to our home turf, London, to deliver a performance for Fade To Zaire‘s next event on 10th December. Ahead of this, he’s picked out four tracks from his main musical idol, a man who’s influenced his approach to both music and DJing. Find out why below, and grab tickets for his next performance here.

“For my theme, I’ve gone for four tracks by Carl Craig… 
Carl Craig is one of the most enduring (and enjoyable) influences on my musical journey. Like with anybody, there are high and low points. But over the last 25 years, nobody else has had as much of a consistent impact on me. It’s how he combines quirkiness with soul and intensity. He does things in tracks that few would dare to do. The ‘so wrong it’s right’ attitude. His last few years haven’t been his best, but when he gets it right, few can come close. Here are four that over the years have featured heavily in my sets. There are LOTS more, but these are the first that spring to mind.

Catch him spinning some of these gems at Fade To Zaire

via soundcloud

Naomi Daniel

Stars

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“An end of the night classic produced by Carl Craig with the vocals of Naomi Daniel. You might have heard that opening arpeggio before, as its a Larry Heard sample from his own 1987 track ‘Stars’. A more current use though was by a certain Jay Daniel on his Scorpio Rising EP, it’s very apt as he is the son of the above mentioned Naomi. ”
via youtube

Jonny L

This Time (Carl Craig remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is one I rinsed big time a couple of years back. I have to admit that the rough use of vocals inspired some of the ideas in my track Pride. Just how Carl loops that dry sample long enough to make people think WTF? I also dig the stark and militant use of drums and bass and how everything then floats off into deeper territories.  ”
via youtube

Kirk Degiorgio

Nairobi (Carl Craig remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Back in my earlier techno days I played this a lot. It’s just one of those tracks with impact, a show stopper. You could just feel the tension in the room swell during that long intro. I also love the Latin swing and feeling of the melodies and the usual Carl Craig tension inherent in the track.  ”
via youtube

Tony Allen

Kilode (Carl Craig remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The most recent on this list (from 2007), anyone seeing me play in the last 18 months will have heard this. Just that bassline, absolutely devastating. Add in the repetitive synth stabs, held strings for tension, soulful vocals and you have a Carl Craig classic. So much attitude and soul!  ”

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