Boomkat Product Review:
Hard to believe it's been 15 years since Bogdan's last album of new material, but he comes correct here with a technically dense but somehow still loose-limbed set of bit-crushed electronics struck thru with melancholia. One for anyone who misses vintage AFX, μ-Ziq, Squarepusher, Ceephax Acid Crew et al.
ADDLE has been a long time coming. It was back in 1999 when Bogdan debuted on Rephlex with formative drill 'n bass tomes like 'Samurai Math Beats' and the still underrated 'Ibiza Anthems Vol. 4'. But in 2007, he disappeared from view completely - 2019's 'Rave 'Till You Cry' compilation of unreleased material suggested he might be back in the production mindset, and ADDLE confirms it, scraping together the kind of heartfelt surrealist anthems he first explored on 2001's ace 'myloveilove'. There's something touching about Bogdan's pained vocals on opening track 'LADDE', adding a sandy Grouper-esque swirl to the tweakd rhythms and toytown synth melodies.
Bogdan's voice provides a thread from track to track - while it's not always present, the sentiment remains, though fuzzy 'n deranged cinematic beatbox destruction on 'DLAED', and in spirit on the lengthy album stand-out 'EADLD'. There's even a sad disco thrust on 'ADLDE', that sounds sugar-sweet against that recognizable idiosyncratic production style - like Kerrier District covered by Mike Paradinas. On the album's epic closer, he even signals to a sort of low-n-slow knackered house sound, building euphoric chiptune synths over grinding overdriven kicks. Good to have you back pal.