“Invokes the vintage sounds of Miami, LA, Detroit and New York all at once.”
“AD Bourke represents the peak of a new kind of electro-boogie composer spearheaded by the likes of Dâm-Funk with sonic comrades like Onra, Computer Jay and Oriol bringing up the funky rear. Restless to the point of insanity, Mirage shows off his skills as both musician (there's some speedy fizzy synth playing on display here) and producer. His music is crazed but never loses sight of the pleasure principle, abstract and fit to burst with schizo-editing, but not forgetting to stay tight to a melody or a groove. Almost impossibly, this is a highly elegant dementia. Mirage is beautiful, decadent, gaudy and lurid fun but no less serious for that. AD Bourke is one serious talent to watch.”
“A tremendous EP.”
Mirage is the first Citinite EP from the Rome-based producer, AD Bourke. Combining soul chords, hip hop beats and funk phrasing, he invites us on a trip full of light and expansion.
The track which begins our journey, ‘Cosmic Connection’, is the perfect introduction to Bourke’s cosmic boogie style, with its relaxed rhythms overlayed by fizzing funk synthwork. It’s perhaps worth pointing out right from the start that Bourke’s music studio has only one window, and it looks straight up into the sky.
‘100’ then drops with heavier, more club-oriented beats. This was the track that first came to our attention via Benji B’s Deviation show and which motivated us to sign Bourke.
The electrically off-beat ‘Chillin on Rhea’ which follows is one of two MP3-only Bourke productions on the EP (the other being end-track, ‘Janus’). ‘Solar Commuter’ with its fun acid bass is the newest track of the set, and along with the title track ‘Mirage’ which opens side B of the vinyl version, is more uptempo.
‘Diff Star’ was recorded whilst Bourke was living in Brooklyn (and ‘One For Me’ and ‘100’ were recorded shortly after his return to Rome) and you can hear how that Brooklyn summer spirit left its mark.
‘Mirage’ and ‘Light Echoes’ were both written just after Bourke had agreed to work with us and both tracks are full of positive energy. (‘Light Echoes’ has also been remixed by London-based Ulysses82. Their remix has proved extremely popular, with Bourke using it to close out his live shows, and is included as an extra bonus on the digital release.)
The last track on the vinyl is the incredible vocal version of ‘Cosmic Connection’ featuring Stockholm-based singer Amalia. With great attitude and a dynamic delivery she steals the track and makes it her own. Finally ‘Janus’ is more dub influenced and is a chilled closer to the digital version.
We’re truly excited to be able to introduce Bourke’s music to a wider audience and hope he takes his place at the forefront of the new funk sound.