When “Megaplexxx” blew a hole in my sub-woofers, I got that feeling that ya get when you are hearing a song that you know all of your friends are gonna go crazy for. One by one until there were six, this feeling aligned over and over as I made my way through the six track Threshold to Madness EP from Rondell Adams. Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Rondell’s influences include a share of early Dance Mania and Westbrook tracks; this fits tongue-and-groove with the minimal booming style of Armani Trax or a Steve Poindexter joint. I hear more people fucking this up than doing it right because it’s so much easier to throw in a sample or FX when you want something different but don’t know how to get it done. Rondell knows.
This is the most solid EP I’ve gotten my hands on in months. I feel I’m having a headache trying to select “highlights,” but the martial stomp of “Megaplexxx” leads, the title track sours and “The Wizard of Move” suggests a mood of nostril-flaring euphoria. In some religions they dance. Rondell Adams makes dance music worthy of building a religion around it.
Originally published in 5 Magazine Issue #136 featuring DJ Spen, Phil Kieran, Mateo & Matos, a DJ’s guide to music streaming and more. Become a member of 5 Magazine for First & Full access to everything House Music for just $1 an issue!