Adi is a nineteen-year old songwriter/producer/engineer from Minneapolis, MN who recently released Fruits of Regal. In regards to the album he has stated, ”I've begun to look within much more and search for my own truths. This album speaks on some of the truths I've found since coming into adulthood.” At only nineteen-years old he is going to be discovering a lot more truths throughout his 20’s and beyond. Even though I’m almost twice that age I can still remember that being in your late teens is a time when you start pondering existential questions and autonomy from the systems that surround us. Adi tackles some of these topics on Fruits of Regal.
Take for instance the opener “WAVS” which dabbles into topics such as revolution and a mundane job. Similarities are immediately apparent between Adi and Kanye West. It’s not only apparent because of the ubiquitous auto-tune effect that has not diminished in popularity but the way he pronounces some of the lyrics. The production is tight all around. I was impressed by the ominous atmosphere he creates between the buzzing bass and the inventive beat.
“WAVS” is a solid opener but ”Emergency!” Is a solidified highlight. This song has it all including inventive production, great rhymes and something you can dance to. Lyrically Adi is on point when he spits lines like, “I thought about what it means to be a piece of matter riding in this cosmic limousine.” The bass in kicking, the guitars are melodic and rhymes are fluid. Don’t miss this track!
“Castles (Vibestrumental)” is a short instrumental piece that sounds contemporary in a FKA Twigs type of way while “Minstrel Rock” is subdued and dark. The dub-step beat hits hard like James Blake on “To Night” where Adi sings briefly sings about embracing atheism. Adi shows his willingness to think out of the box with a song “Macbeth” and closes with the atmospheric “King’s Grief.”
Adi has his finger on the pulse of contemporary sounds and considering he is so young I was really impressed after taking this album in. He has all the time in the world to keep on evolving and I really hope he does because he may have a shot at the big time if the stars align. I hope to hear more soon.
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