Championed by Ferry Corsten, most recently on his Once Upon A Night 4’ album, ‘Thrive’ begins to hardwire more driving, floor-facing tones into ‘Something For The Pain’s system. Co-produced alongside Miami studio-head Stan Kolev, the pair incorporate a grooving feel-good bassline nature, tying it idiosyncratically to cool trance-progressive tones. ‘Tears’ meanwhile is a rare instrumental from Brown. Basing itself around a chiming xylophonic leadline, it deals complex yet memorable note movements. Hung off resonating piano notes, reverberant stormy FX (recorded in Indonesia during his travels) and drum-free immersion, ‘Sorry’s half-whispered/half-sung lyrics, deliver ‘Something’s midpoint interlude. It’s an ephemeral rest-up though as ‘Pulse’ (produced alongside stateside Shawn Mitiska) plunges into big, sonic tubular mainlines, bringing greater force and stridence to the album.
The trance-toned, Kerry Leva sung ‘One More Night’ and the transposing riffs and ever-exacting production of ‘All I Need’ deliver the album some of its most uplifting moments. ‘Been A While’ brings further contrast through its classic Chicago house themes, whilst vocalist Arielle Maren infuses both list and lament on ‘Like The Sunrise’. ‘Lie Awake’ again highlights Ad’s innate ability to pair catchy vocals (Hannah Ray again) with accessible productions, while ‘Tonight’ gifts the album its pensive, touching, poignant dénouement. Across 14 advanced-beyond-his-years pieces of music, Ad Brown delivers a flawless first album. Flush with lyrical depth, an inspiring lack of cliché, vocal turns from class-of-tomorrow singer/songwriter talent and cornered around his precocious, hyper-polished studio work, ‘Something’ is a blueprint for a debut album.