Notorious for sophisticated programming, larger than life DJ sets and making people cry via Twitter, Kent’s finest House export has stood the test of time as one of Britain’s best loved Progressive House forces to date. Dealing in a tough yet euphonious blend of exquisite studio output, a proficient spate of releases alongside Mark Knight established that Adam Walder, better known as Funkagenda, was a new breed of technically advanced artist that every aspiring Brit wanted to be.
Now leading the way with an assorted army of like-minded leaders of the middle ground, his beloved imprint Funk Farm has proven an integral home not only for the next generation of European talent, but his own well-crafted dance floor weapons. Keeping up appearances for 2012, ‘Deck 9’, a nod to the renowned floating Miami nightspot, is a firm reminder of just what all the fuss is about. With a discography that has always stood out from the crowd, the familiar scenario of Walder’s seemingly scientific approach to club chemistry is still richer in sound quality than anyone else on the market. The hypnotic precision of his melodic arrangements and equally contagious lead play that drives this Progressive banger home soundly reassures that there is still a thrill factor at bay in this intrinsic landmark in British House music.
Words by Dan Carter