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Addison Groove is Bristol's rhythm king and his music is all about the sheer thrill of forward motion

  • Mixmag
  • 12 March 2014

New album 'Presents James Grieve' takes inspiration from high speed sounds such as footwork, jungle and d'n'b but goes way beyond the parameters set by those genres. The LP accelerates in a future-facing direction and explores the possibilities of percussion, taking a journey that we described as being "all about exhilarating propulsion and the power of drums." Much like contemporaries such as dBridge and Om Unit, his productions and DJ sets are about flow and making people move.

He's got to this point having worked in the realm of soundsystem music for the best part of a decade. He cut his teeth as Headhunter, releasing true-skool dubstep through the scene's pioneering Tempa label, as well as other crucial imprints Black Box, Wheel & Deal and Soul Motive.

But in 2010, after discovering Chicago's fervent footwork scene, the Addison Groove alias appeared with debut single 'Footcrab'. Designed around the booty bounce and rhythmic thrust of the Windy City, it dropped on Loefah's Swamp81 and kicked off a whole new career path for the Bristolian.

Since then Addison Groove, real name Tony Williams, has found home on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons, releasing a string of EPs as well as Chi Town-indebted debut album 'Transistor Rhythm'. As sophomore effort 'Presents James Grieve' lands, he finds himself at the fore of a wave of artists taking uptempo dance music into energetic new worlds.

Having released his best work yet, we called Addison Groove in for an exclusive mix in which he effortlessly displays what he's all about. Moving through techno, dubstep, footwork and d'n'b it proves that what he does is all about rhythm rather than genre.

'Presents James Grieve' is out now via 50 Weapons.

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