Boomkat Product Review:
Paul St. Hilaire (aka Tikiman) has graced some of the most formidable releases in Rhythm & Sound's catalogue - bringing a stoic and considered style to the rack of music he's touched. Released on his own False Tuned label and following 2003's 'Unspecified', 'Adsom - A Divine State Of Mind' is vibrant electronic roots music that brings live band elements and a digital box of tricks together in perfect harmony. Opening with 'Little Song', Hilaire opens a cask of golden melodies and echo-dub vibes that can't help but lasso your attention as he waxes lyrical with breathy intent. More than able to match his nimble vocals with cavernous production styles, Hilaire gives rhythms ample space to breathe without creating an attention vacuum. Taking 'Black Moses' as a starting point, Hilaire delivers the most conventional cut of the record as the low end bounces against the mealy lyrics, but rather than feel like a retread of old ideas and stances, Hilaire ensures the whole enterprise is box fresh and sure to keep you hooked for the duration. Moving on from here, the polemical message of 'Fortunate Fortunate' is delivered with enough bile to make its doctrine stick, but doesn't feel it necessary to lecture the listener into submission, 'Jah Love' sees some oscillating bass maneuvers circling the old-skool rhythms, whilst 'Jah Live Over The Hills' is veritably packed with vitamin C for a sunshine hit that'll knock you socks off.