Adonidia 'Healing EP': Review
Maxi Roberts aka Adonidia is one of the more productive faces in Australia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. Having released two EP’s in 2018, ‘Off Out’ and more recently ‘The Healing’, we’re tipping big things for the producer who has just started to forge a name for himself through his pressings and has been turning heads with live sets, particularly at Barry’s Bait Shop (Hopkins Creek) and Lucid Club nights.
The Healing EP which received a wax release on the 12th of October 2018 and in full digital format last week, is a 4 track project packed with songs for both backyards and after hours dancefloors, which underlines his ability to produce sophisticated compositions that are layered with a diverse range of percussive sounds, styles, and textures. The result is an EP of highly textured tracks with a keen attention to the relationship between melodies and percussion, at its best it is an demonstration between the symbiotic relationship of the two.
Opening track ‘Healing Pt.1’, sets the tone for the EP. A simple beat that’s cared for by pairing the pacifying synth swells. Perhaps what’s nicest about this track is the relationship Adonidia manages to create between these two elements, the song never feels like the percussion or synths are developing of their own accord, he creates a relationship where both work together in tandem, simmer down and then return in fresh harmony. The perfect song to drive with.
Figaro’s favourite track from the EP comes in the form of the bongo driven ‘1 On 1’. Through setting the baseline of the track through the bongo’s upbeat percussion and layering it with a heavy session on the drum machine, Adonidia manages to create a canvas to introduce the hero of the track: the unintelligible, yet mesmerising vocals. Whilst I did enjoy the slower tempo in the opening track, Adonidia’s choice to slightly increase the tempo is a welcomed part of the EP, highlighting the producers ability to create tracks for any dance floor or moment. The perfect song to fill a bait shop.
In Varanasi this trend continues, possibly the most detailed track on the EP and lasting almost 6 minutes. A more meditative number, the track draws greater attention to the individual layers of the track before introducing pads, cymbals and a maudlin synth fantasia - it evokes images of gazing out windows which are pattered by raindrops, reflection was clearly in mind. The perfect song rainy day ruminations.
The closing track on the release and the track with certainly the most buzz is ‘Don’t You Feel It Like We Used To?’. Originally released on Beats of No Nation’s compilation, ‘Dance Ideas Four’ and premiering on Soundcloud and YouTube through Dream Chimney. The song incorporates delicate keys, an edited yet powerful vocal sample and signature drum style, to deliver Adonidia’s most emotive piece yet. Well calculated, thought provoking, it’s found itself a regular fixture on the soundsystem at HQ. The perfect song for poaching eggs.