Garden of Eden

by Liquid Son

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    A repress of the sold-out Garden of Eden vinyl. Housed in full sleeves and Bandcamp purchase comes with a digital bonus track.

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  • Limited Edition LP [early bird]
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    An LP housed in Britt Brown (Not Not Fun Records) designed sleeve and remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope Mastering.

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  • Super Limited Heavyweight Test Press
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    We made 15 test pressings with a custom "Sonedelica" print designed by Olivier from Musique Pour La Danse, based on a drawing found on the original Liquid Son master reel box.
    A 180g heavyweight white label. Only a few copies go on sale via our and MPD Bandcamp.

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  • 90s UK Techno Bundle
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Get Liquid Son LP now together with "Atonal - Cithare 12" EP" and "Electro Music Union, Sinoesin & Xonox Works 1993-1994" double-LP for an insane 4 disc blast of early UK techno, electro, house and IDM.

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  • Adkins Vinyl Bundle
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    Get Liquid Son LP now together with "Electro Music Union, Sinoesin & Xonox Works 1993-1994" double-LP which covers Adkins' most sought after recordings on his own Metatone imprint a few years after his debut Liquid Son project.

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Includes a digital download of an unreleased bonus track exclusive to Bandcamp! Restored from a deteriorating DAT tape.
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"This is indisputably a UK deep house classic"
- Oli Warwick

"This is fuckin' great! Proggy, trippy, baggy early acid house proudly aligning itself with the Goan scene in the East. Mega!"
- Piccadilly Records

"Tip!"
- Boomkat
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Back in 2019, Cold Blow dipped into the bulging archives of long-serving British producer Jason Adkins, offering up an expansive collection of music released in 1993 and ’94 as Electro Music Union, Sinoesin and Xonox. Two years on, Cold Blow has joined forces with fellow archival electronic music specialists Musique Pour La Danse to showcase works from Adkins’ first successful project, the turn-of-the-90s UK techno trio Liquid Son.

Adkins formed the outfit with school friend Neil Chisolm and ‘executive producer’ Sean Smith at the tail end of the ‘90s, after spending his teenage years making electro and synth-pop in his bedroom. With the assistance of fellow Bedford producer Tony Boninsegna (a one-man dancefloor hit-factory then enjoying success with singles on Chill), Liquid Son released two singles on Luton-based imprint Bizarre in 1991 and ’92 respectively.

Adkins, Chisholm, Smith and Boninsegna shared many musical inspirations, most notably Detroit techno, jacking Chicago house, EBM, the industrial funk of Cabaret Voltaire and the pioneering bleep sounds of Warp Records’ earliest releases. As a result, the tracks they made brilliantly blurred the boundaries between contemporaneous electronic music styles while also adding layers of technical polish so often missing from British club tracks of the period.

Garden of Eden, the first retrospective of the outfit’s work, gathers together remastered versions of Liquid Son’s released output, alongside Adkins’ original 1985 electro style demo of their most celebrated track, ‘Tone Float’.

The completed, released version of ‘Tone Float’ remains an overlooked UK classic – a gorgeous mixture of squelchy acid bass, sharp TB-303 lines, ethereal chords and whispered spoken word snippets – while the accompanying remix, which is also featured on Garden of Eden, brilliantly re-imagines the cut as a funk-fuelled, deep electro beast.

Elsewhere on the compilation, Liquid Son’s commitment to an atmospheric, E’d aesthetic comes to the fore. ‘Rainfall (Garden of Eden Part 1)’ sits somewhere between glacial deep house, sci-fi techno and futuristic underground dance-pop, with the track’s sturdy dancefloor weight countered by a carefully crafted selection of rush-inducing chords, melodies and musical motifs.

‘Big Decision’, the weightiest and most raw-sounding cut in Liquid Son’s catalogue, harnesses the dub-fuelled heaviness of Yorkshire bleep and cloaks it in waves of druggy acid lines, while ‘Freedom We Feel’ brilliantly joins the dots between European EBM (check the Nitzer Ebb/Stephen Mallinder style vocals and surging electronic bassline) and the strobe-lit rush of early UK techno. Like the rest of Garden of Eden, it still sounds years ahead of its time.

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Introduction by Matt Anniss (author of Join the Future: Bleep Techno and the Birth of British Bass Music)

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released February 12, 2021

Garden of Eden was restored and remastered by Thomas P. Heckmann at Trope Mastering. Album layout and design by Britt Brown (Not Not Fun Records). Photography by Lorraine Willis.

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