Day 13: Admin – Dreamin’ About


Day 13 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of Help Musicians.

Bristol DJ and producer Admin joins in the advent fun today displaying again the acute sensitivities for grooves in his well tuned ear. Soul is the dominant influence this time round as he moulds golden tones much like his fabulous recent release on Boogie Cafe.

With an ultra smooth sample Admin channels the post-disco R&B sound from the early 80s, injecting it with a dance-ready feel. Teasing as the track opens, in the repetition of the main vocal line from Keni Burke, the dream-like mood is set with a hook of airy Rhodes, mild bass and hints of a funky electric guitar, a crucial disc in the backbone of any band in the era. At the breakdown where the track kicks into gear, Admin adds rolling percussion and compressing hi-hats on the twos and fours for that essential bounce. Yet the authoritative warmth from the Rhodes ensure the languorous aesthetic is maintained, assured by nonchalant nasal sax lines and subtly imbued background melodies.

Download ‘Dreamin’ About’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all donations going to Help Musicians, a charity that supports musicians in times of crisis.

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