As a musical style drones are utterly fascinating and attractive due to their stillness, their grasp of the moment, and the artist’s ability to work in their confines, as she/he unlimits the limiting. I am unaware of how drones may have captivated Ade Bordicott, but using the alias of Mutate, Bordicott has created three amazing drone records on Electronic Musik: Drne, Dark Out, and Space Opera. I am unsure if all three albums are guitar-based drones as Space Opera is specifically mentioned to be, but given Bordicott’s history as told by Rollo Kim I would not be surprised.
As a member of the fiercely independent trip-hop / improv outfit Stray Dog City, and more recently a collaborator with like-minded realists And Fait Was Foolish and Mekano Set, Bordicott has consistently been one step ahead of the consistently retro plagiarisms of his local (Birmingham) indie scenes.
In the late 90’s, while his peers contented themselves with shameless Slint / Pixies / Pavement / Aphex impersonations, Bordicott and Stray Dog City combined a love of down-tempo, ultra-minimalst grooves with Post Punk and Dub bass-lines, found sounds and lively guitar drones.
Regardless of Bordicott’s journey toward drones or whether or not he’ll move elsewhere, none of that takes away from the beauty of these works. Each album has distinctive from the other; all three showing the artists in complete control of his craft.
Mutate’s “Dark Out (Part 1)” (mp3)