Review: It's been over two decades since original Balearic heroes A Man Called Adam last treated us to a full-length excursion. "Farmarama", then, is rather a big deal - at least for those of us with fond memories of key early singles such as "Barefoot In The Head", "Musica De Amor" and "Earthly Powers". We can happily report that Sally Rodgers and Steve Jones are in fine form throughout, lazily drifting between jazz-funk fired dancefloor workouts ("Mountains and Waterfalls"), atmospheric chug-pop ("Ou Pas"), tactile Balearic deep house ("Farmarama", "Higher Powers"), blissful sunrise soundscapes ("Top Of The Lake"), and surprisingly out-there experimental missives (the music concrete style collage of "Spots of Time"). Sally Rodgers' tribute to early female synth pioneers, "Ladies Of Electronica", is also brilliant.
Paul Valery At The Disco (Prins Thomas remix) (11:40)
Ou Pas (Carrot Green remix) (6:16)
Farmarama (A Man Called Adam Too Much dub) (10:54)
Review: While A Man Called Adam's recent "Farmarama" album did contain a few dancefloor-centric cuts, it was more geared towards sofa-bound listening rather than club play. Hence this tidy EP, which offers up a trio of dancefloor-focused revisions for Balearic-minded DJs. For us, the standout is undoubtedly Carrot Green's inventive revision of "Ou Pas", which re-casts the cut as a dubbed-out, acid-powered psychedelic house trip. That said, many will enjoy Prins Thomas' jazzy and surprisingly trippy take on "Paul Valery At The Disco", which contains tons of new Latin-tinged live percussion and a suitably wonky cosmic disco vibe. If that lot's not enough to set the pulse racing, A Man Called Adam's own "Too Much Dub" of "Farmarama" strikes just the right balance between chunky, bass-heavy rhythms and melodic dreaminess.