POMRAD releases his second EP on London art label Earnest Endeavours!
One year after the release of his first EP, ‘Vlotjes‘, Pomrad (alias of Antwerp based jazz keyboard player, rising producer and solo performer Adriaan Van De Velde) returns with the ‘This Day’-EP, set for release in April on London art label Earnest Endeavours (links with Brownswood, Sonar,….)
Having built a small local following around his electric stageshows and virtuoso keyboard playing, the funky, soulful and international sounds off the ‘Vlotjes’-EP in 2012 were taken by many to be a revelation, and invited comparison to popular powerhouse producers such as Hudson Mohawke and Rustie. Approaching these recent influences with his own eclectic sensibility rooted in 80’s funk, 90’s hiphop and jazz fusion renders Pomrad with a unique and recognizable voice, through a focus on progression, structure, improvisation, and nostalgic productions that are allowed to breathe (think Patrice Rushen).
Tracks off the EP were featured on Lefto, Select & Switch, in a selection made by Selah Sue for Studio Brussels, and drew some attention abroad with praise from Moovmnt, and Hot Rain being included on the Brownswood Electric 3 compilation.
Pomrad’s one man live set, where he truly distinguishes himself from dj producers, continued to draw accolades as well, with performances at Dour Festival & Off Centre. Trying to play live as much as possible, on stage he has been described as a “funked out octopus”, making use of synthesizers, midi controllers & keyboards. Laying out the different samples over his keyboards gives him control over the groove of each set, only making use of backing tracks when stepping to the front of the stage for a searing keytar or talkbox solo.
Releasedate ‘This Day‘: April 15th 2013 (12” vinyl & digital).
Releaseconcert: 20/04 – TRIX, Antwerp, BE