ALBUM: Turn Up the Silence EP
ARTIST: Addison Groove
Addison Groove, alias of producer Tony Williams, can take at least partial credit, if he’s being modest, for bringing the sound of juke and footwork to followers of UK bass. Previously working under the moniker Headhunter, Williams was already a heavyweight in the 2nd wave of dubstep, culminating his Headhunter output with the NomadM LP, an album pulsing with tech-infused rollers. However, his work as Headhunter ended during the time dubstep was taking a harder turn.
While American artists wracked the UK for ways to boost their dance tracks, Williams went against the current; finding a new outlook in the raw sounds of Chicago, his first track of note as Addison Groove was “Footcrab”, a crossover juke track that blends English aesthetics with American techniques. Williams says of “Footcrab”:
I wanted to make something that was a bridge tune, that could be mixed with other stuff—techno or dubstep or whatever—but that still had really recognizable elements of juke without it being a full on juke tune.The song certainly made its impact—worked into sets in clubs and basements all over, audiences were suddenly introduced to a prolific and energetic US style through its UK interpretation.
“You been gone… Don’t wanna do wrong”