Music List | posted 04.05.2020
ADULT.
10 All Time Favs
ADULT. have been making music for more than 20 years now. And they still don’t want simple attributions, sunlight, self-deception. Instead they wanted to call us records, which they shaped, improved, formed.
Text Kristoffer Cornils
10alltimefavs_magazin_artikel_1024px_685px

ADULT. – Perception Is / As / DeceptionFind it at hhv.de: Black Vinyl LP | ● Green Vinyl LP For more than two decades Adam Lee Miller alias Le Car and Nicola Kuperus have been working together under the name ADULT. To what exactly? Pretty simple: trivial attributions, sunlight, self-deception. Their new album is the eighth of the Detroit duo. It was recorded in a darkened and blacked-out room and is called »Perception is/as/of Deception«, which is a kind of cave allegory for the 21st century: What if everything we accept so easily is not what it seems to be?

Anyone who is already dizzy in the head about this should better sit down before the music starts. With fidgety drummachine grooves, synth lines that flicker in an icy cold and Kuperus’ fading understatement vocals, ADULT. make a statement in the direction of Zeitgeist and take full advantage of the treasure chest of their (own) past, which is definitely international: The references to EBM and New Beat point to Belgium, the shimmering melodies to the Italo-Disco stronghold Milan, the dirty patina to Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and London. And then there’s the unflinching machine rattling that the two took into their blood as children of rock, motor and techno city Detroit.

»Perception is/as/of Deception« is not only a stocktaking of the status quo, but at the same time is to be understood as a preliminary end result of more than two decades of band history, which in turn has absorbed a few more years of music history. They have helped shape Kuperus and Miller since they founded their label Ersatz Audio in 1995 and debuted as ADULT. shortly after. What has shaped, inspired and driven them from then to now is shown by their 10 All Time Favs. One thing is for sure: Both of them don’t want to be pigeonholed or pigeonholed, that’s right. This is what makes ADULT. so important even after more than two decades in the business.


You can find the Vinyl Records of ADULT. in the Webshop of HHV Records.


Einstürzende Neubauten – Perpetuum Mobile 1 – Einstürzende Neubauten – Perpetuum Mobile (Mute) (2001) | Vinyl LP
Nicola Kuperus: Brilliant album, as are all of their albums, but this one in particular I really love. Saw them tour this album in Detroit: April 2004. The first and so far only time I’ve ever seen them. I was in such a trance of euphoria the entire show that I didn’t realize how close I had been standing to the speakers, for the next 4 days it sounded like trash cans rolling around in my head. The worst tinnitus I’ve had next to seeing SWANS. Also, fanned out and had Blixa sign the back of my Tamion 12 Inch shirt (a now defunct Detroit band), which I still own and cherish. »There’s a place around the corner where your dead friends live….«

Chavela Vargas ‎– Chavela Vargas En Carnegie Hall 2 – Chavela Vargas – ’ Chavela Vargas En Carnegie Hall (Warner Music) (2004)
Nicola Kuperus: It’s wild to think when this live performance was recorded Chavela was 83. I could listen to this recording at any time, regardless of my mood it is always perfect. The range in this album is what makes it my favorite of hers. You can feel her journey of being an artist and how time has changed her range and confidence.

Swans – Leaving Meaning 3 – SWANS – Leaving Meaning (Mute) (2019) | Vinyl 2LP
Nicola Kuperus: I’m a fan of all SWANS albums, so it’s hard to pick. I picked the latest because I feel like it’s a great culmination of all things SWANS. I’ve been doing quite a lot of woodworking while listening to this album; mostly, tung oiling huge walnut frames. It’s repetitive work. This album is like a great story unfolding. Poetic. Almost sentimental at one moment then it makes a turn and it’s intense as fuck, a true journey in sound. You can really sink your teeth into it as you work and/or labor.

The Cure – The Head on the Door 4 – The Cure – Head On The Door (Polydor) (1985) | Vinyl LP
Nicola Kuperus: This was the second Cure album I bought in my life timeline, the first was The Top when I was 12. It took many years to understand that record (which I love). This album I bought years later and it has stayed with me since. I find great comfort in this record. It was their sixth album and at the time probably their most pop, which is strange to think because I find it as unusual and boundary pushing as ever.

Suicide – American Supreme 5 – Suicide – American Supreme (Mute Records) (2002)
Nicola Kuperus: Hated this record when it came out in 2002, and now it’s one of my go to albums. I could listen to “I Don’t Know” every damn day for the rest of time. What I also love about this album is thinking about how bands get to be know for or classified by a certain song, aka Ghost Rider, which too me is so limiting. This album really speaks of their avant-garde nature to not give a fuck.


John Foxx – Metamatic 1 – John Foxx – Metamatic (Metal Beat) (1980) | Vinyl LP
Adam Lee Miller: This was the first album in my life that really effected my music at a young age. I would have purchased it around 1988 at a second hand record store in Indiana. I was in a punk band, but felt that trajectory had a limited life span. This album had everything I was looking for – such as; references to literature, confrontation through alien instrumentation and the CR78 as a strong, main drum machine (not backup for a live drummer). In 1996, I ran a short lived record label called Monoplaza – plaza being a reference to ‘Plaza’ on this record.

Virgin Prunes – if I Die 2 – Virgin Prunes – If I Die, I Die (Rough Trade) (1982) | Vinyl LP
Adam Lee Miller: This is that album you buy too young (I probably got it in 1987) and have no idea how to process it. It would sit in my small record collection and periodically I would pick it up and try again. I couldn’t understand how strange and repetitive ‘Caucasian Walk’ was – but it was almost what I understood about “punk.” With that song, I at least had a comparison, where as songs like ‘Dave-Id is Dead’ were like a foreign language to me. But like any education it took time, and I am grateful for how much it taught me. And was excited to see years later reading the liner notes for the umpteenth time that Colin Newman from Wire produced it.

John Harrison – OST Creepshow 3 – John Harrison – OST Creepshow (Varèse Sarabande) (1982) | Vinyl LP
Adam Lee Miller: We are huge horror soundtrack fans in this household. This is my favorite (next to ‘The Fog’ by John Carpenter). It is so easy to picture every scene with the music and the Juno 106 work is perfect. The Juno 106 was my first synth, but it wasn’t until years later I figured out the correlation.

Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses 4 – Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses (Mutel) (1987) | Vinyl 12inch Box | Vinyl LP
Adam Lee Miller: If you want a record to be with you for a long time, hit a telephone pole at 60 mph with out wearing a seatbelt while listening to it. In 1988, I slid on black ice while racing home to beat curfew in the Indiana countryside. I hit a telephone pole straight on and my face went into the windscreen and my knees blew out the dashboard. I crawled to a nearby farmhouse through the snow while Agent Orange played until the transformer wires fell on my car and ignited it.

Public Image Limited – This Is What You Want... This Is What You Get 5 – Public Image Ltd – This is What You Want… This is What You Get (Virgin) (1984) | Vinyl LP
Adam Lee Miller: So many people say ‘Second Edition’ is their favorite P.I.L. album, but this is definitely mine. The synth work is incredible. ‘Tie Me to the Length of That’ takes ‘Chant’ from the ‘Second Edition’ to a whole new dimension. ‘The Order of Death’ is one of my favorite songs of all time! I just love the hypnotic repetition of this album that can quickly turn to in-your-face chants… and Lydon’s vocals are so perfectly angular and unexpected from song to song. We don’t like genre – Lydon wow!


You can find the Vinyl Records of ADULT. in the Webshop of HHV Records.

Your Comment
Related Articles
Music List | posted 02.06.2020
Rafael Anton Irisarri
10 All Time Favs
Ambient? Maybe. But with splinters of metal, neo-classical and other stuff. Rafael Anton Irisarri paints overwhelming sound paintings with thick brushstrokes. For us the American composer has revealed his influences.
Music List | posted 25.02.2020
Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics
10 All Time Favs
The Heliocentrics have just released »Infinity Of Now«. The album has the potential to inspire future musicians. Malcolm Catto, however, has first revealed to us the records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music List | posted 31.03.2020
Jeff Parker
10 All Time Favs
The guitarist Jeff Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. And yet you get the feeling he’s just starting out. But he already wrote music history as part of Tortoise. Now his new album »Suite for Max Brown« has been released on International Anthem. For this occasion we have asked Jeff Parker to choose 10 records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music List | posted 28.04.2020
Peaking Lights
10 All Time Favs
In these days the new album «E S C A P E» of the Peaking Lights is released on Dekmantel. We had the opportunity to ask Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis about 10 records that they have shaped, improved and formed.
Music List | posted 27.07.2020
Jay Glass Dubs
10 All Time Favs
»Soma« means »body« in Greek and that’s who the music of Jay Glass Dubs is aimed at. »Soma« is also the name of his new album. This was the chance to ask the Greek musician for 10 Vinyl records that formed him. He answers in, well, Greek.
Music List | posted 14.08.2020
Jonathan Bree
10 All Time Favs
Jonathan Bree hides his face behind a latex mask. Well, right. But that’s not the most remarkable thing about the new zealander. Because he is first and foremost a first-rate songwriter. He told us which 10 records have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music List | posted 01.09.2020
Harmonious Thelonious
10 All Time Favs
With »Plong« Stefan Schwander shakes the foundations of club music. His new solo album as Harmonious Thelonious lets everyday noises develop an eerie life of their own. He told us which 10 records have have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music Review | posted 16.06.2015
Aidan Baker & Idklang
In The Red Room
In Idklang, Aidan Baker has found a partner who provides an informal frame to his exuberant arts.
Music Review | posted 10.06.2015
Jamie xx
In Colours
On his debut, Jamie xx hat got it all right. It’s an incredibly exquisite record – exquisite enough to be disgusted.
Music Review | posted 15.06.2015
HELM
Olympic Mess
Overcoming stress through music: On »Olympic Mess«, Luke Younger aka HELM is trying to handle his very own chaos.
Music Review | posted 08.06.2015
Ben Zimmermann
The Baltika Years
The musical opportunities deriving from an old operating system have hardly ever been explored – Ben Zimmerman has dedicated ten years to this endeavor.
Music Review | posted 19.06.2015
Ken Camden
Dream Memory
On »Dream Memory«, Ken Camden is trying to close the sound gap between guitar strings and synthesizers.
Music Interview | posted 18.04.2011
Knxwledge
Beats and Soul as a Mind Set
The beat scene knows a broad variety of names, producers and people who are pushing the game to the next level constantly. One of the names you should definitely be familiar with is Knxwledge.
Music Review | posted 09.06.2015
Jenny Hval
Apocalypse, girl
Hval doesn’t nag and moan – she asks questions. You’ll find the answers by following her into the unpleasent. In the end, you’ll know what’s to go down.
Music Interview | posted 02.07.2011
Gold Panda
Just to make it better
Last year’s Lucky Shiner was one of the records, where the Beat-enthusiasts, the Caribou-listener and the electronic nerd come together sharing the headphones. Valentin Menedetter met Gold Panda for an interview and explains the basics.
Music Review | posted 08.06.2015
Container
LP
Crackpot-polyrhythmics, hickup-groove, hip hop from hell: Container doesn’t give a damn. His third record, »LP«, is racy, frenetic and awesome.
Music Review | posted 17.07.2012
TNGHT
TNGHT
Trance and 8-Bit meets Traprap-Instrumentals and Crunk. Hide yo kids, hide yo wife; TNGHT are tearing everything down.
Music Interview | posted 14.11.2011
fLako
»I like the idea of reincarnation«
Latest with his last album, The Mesektet, fLako makes clear that he will not stand still artistically. Instead he is reinventing itself again and again. His recently released EP Carving Away The Clay is a further testimony of becoming.
Music Review | posted 26.09.2014
Hudson Mohawke
Chimes EP
Those asking for Hudson Mohawke will get Hudson Mohawke. However, those waiting for HudMo, the inventor, will be disappointed.
Music Interview | posted 03.07.2011
Dustin O'Halloran
»I really love to sculpt the notes«
The pianist and film composer Dustin O’Halloran just released Lumiere, a soundtrack without a film. We’ve talked to him about the power of the piano, the magic of improvisation and his colleague Hauschka.
Music Interview | posted 12.05.2014
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
About Love And Other Mental Illnesses
Jaakko Eino Kalevi looks like a stoned angel in a woolie, works as a tram driver and with »No End« he released on of the best songs of 2013. About time we get to know him. A conversation about love, music and how to wash laundry.
Art Interview | posted 13.06.2013
Eliot Lee Hazel
The Stranger
Eliot Lee Hazel’s photographs of musicians are often gritty, raw, filled with cinematic language. British Hazel lives in America, is only 21 years-old and yet he’s already photographed Yeasayer, Thom Yorke, Ariel Pink and Cat Power.
Music Review | posted 25.05.2015
Glenn Astro
Throwback
Boom-bap is doing it with house, beatmaking with disco-soul. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s played out extraordinarily well.
Music Review | posted 03.04.2015
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens’ »Carrie & Lowell« is an excellent example of improving something through radical reduction.
Music Review | posted 22.06.2012
Monophonics
In Your Brain
Records like this one happen when people blank out the last 30 years of music history and just carry on at the very time when funk turned into disco.
Music List
Record Store Day 2020 – 2nd Drop
Another 12 releases you should look out for
On September 26, 2020 the second of three Record Store Days this year will take place. More than 150 exclusive releases have been announced. We have picked out twelve vinyl records that we would like to recommend to you.
Music Portrait
Melody As Truth
On the threshold of sound and silence
With his label Melody As Truth, Jonny Nash moves between balearic and ambient. The journey leads from new age to a new art of world chamber music.
Music Interview
Kelly Lee Owens
»We store emotions in our body«
The Welsh musician released her second album »Inner Song« which wipes tears from cried-out eyes with one hand after the closing set while opening the window into everyday life with the other. A conversation with Owens about rave memories, trauma sessions and her challenge with Four Tet.
Music List
Harmonious Thelonious
10 All Time Favs
With »Plong« Stefan Schwander shakes the foundations of club music. His new solo album as Harmonious Thelonious lets everyday noises develop an eerie life of their own. He told us which 10 records have have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music List
Record Store Day 2020 – 1st Drop
12 vinyl records to look out for
On August 29, 2020 the first of three Record Store Days will take place this year. More than 350 exclusive releases have been announced for this event alone. We have picked out twelve records that we would like to recommend to you.
Music List
Jonathan Bree
10 All Time Favs
Jonathan Bree hides his face behind a latex mask. Well, right. But that’s not the most remarkable thing about the new zealander. Because he is first and foremost a first-rate songwriter. He told us which 10 records have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music Portrait
Light In The Attic
Everything Is Illuminated
For almost 20 years, the Seattle-based record label Light In The Attic has been shedding light on those releases that have been in the dark. The fact that they focused on vinyl right from the start, today the label is considered a pioneer.
Music List
Jay Glass Dubs
10 All Time Favs
»Soma« means »body« in Greek and that’s who the music of Jay Glass Dubs is aimed at. »Soma« is also the name of his new album. This was the chance to ask the Greek musician for 10 Vinyl records that formed him. He answers in, well, Greek.
Music Portrait
WeWantSounds
Contagious passion
WeWantSounds has been publishing music from the 1970s and 1980s since 2015. The name of the label is a catchphrase. When the Parisian two-man company selects the reissues, genre and country borders don‘t matter.
Music Essay
Baltic & Finnish Jazz
Removing Boundaries
While jazz from London to L.A. is evolving a fresh pop sensibility or even tries to update the fusion heritage, cool flavors between new blood and nostalgia are cultivated on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Here the genre is cosmopolitan as well and yet totally distinct.
Music Portrait
International Anthem
In search of the truth
For six years the label International Anthem from Chicago has been reliably delivering jazz with their own attitude and idea. Although the founders refuse to be ascribed almost any kind of attribution to a genre. For them, the most beautiful sound is just always: the truth.
Music Portrait
We Jazz
With emphasis on We
We Jazz, that stands for edgy, surprising jazz from the north. And also not. Since 2013 the festival has been held in Helsinki, since 2016 the label was founded. Matti Nives mainly publishes Finnish bands there. And acts as one of the most important networkers of the local scene.
Music Portrait
Roy Ayers
Warm vibrations with universal attraction
The American vibraphonist, singer, songwriter and arranger Roy Ayers is one of the most sampled contemporary musicians. With songs like »Everybody Loves The Sunshine«, the soul jazz legend, which celebrates it’s 80th birthday in September, became the main inspiration for Acid Jazz in the late 90s. His new album “Roy Ayers JID 002” on Jazz Is Dead with Adrian Younge and ex-ATCQ producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad continues his golden period of the Polydor years in the 70s seamlessly.
Music Interview
Gary Bartz
»We no longer see reality«
The Grammy-winning soprano saxophonist shared the stage with Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Max Roach. Now he has recorded an album with British outfit Maisha — and discovered something new.
Music Portrait
Dekmantel
Infinite Holidays
For the better part of a decade now, the Dekmantel imprint from Amsterdam is successfully squaring the circle as label, festival and promoter of several events: Connecting innovation and underground with a quality standard that is by now globally recognized without failing its aspirations. An end? Even in times of crisis far away.
Music List
Rafael Anton Irisarri
10 All Time Favs
Ambient? Maybe. But with splinters of metal, neo-classical and other stuff. Rafael Anton Irisarri paints overwhelming sound paintings with thick brushstrokes. For us the American composer has revealed his influences.
Music Portrait
Muriel Grossmann
Abstraction with a sea view
Saxophonist Muriel Grossmann reaches abstraction on the Balearic Islands, rides the waves with hard bop and even amazes billionaires with standards. Who is the secret pioneer of the spiritual revival?
Music Portrait
Roza Terenzi
Rave in a time capsule
Roza Terenzi turns past rave days upside down and brushes it with jungle breaks and techno cuts. On »Modern Bliss« she finally ends up in the future.
Music Portrait
Soviet Grail
Collective memory
Amid jazz experiments, electronic brutalism and psychedelic underground, Sergey Klimov digs for treasures for which musicians ended up in prison. With Soviet Grail, the Russian label boss traces the history of Soviet music.
Music List
ADULT.
10 All Time Favs
ADULT. have been making music for more than 20 years now. And they still don’t want simple attributions, sunlight, self-deception. Instead they wanted to call us records, which they shaped, improved, formed.
Music Interview
Quelle Chris
Accepting the chaos
He’s the most prolific oddball of the rap underground. And he’s on fire. With »Innocent Country 2« Quelle Chris follows up on his groundbreaking record »Guns« and a process where hopelessness is contradicted by accepting a surreal anxiety.
Music List
Peaking Lights
10 All Time Favs
In these days the new album «E S C A P E» of the Peaking Lights is released on Dekmantel. We had the opportunity to ask Aaron Coyes and Indra Dunis about 10 records that they have shaped, improved and formed.
Music Portrait
Patricia Kokett
Part of his own Movement
Patricia Kokett blends rave with mysticism, futuristic industrial with shamanistic noise, the spirit of Coil with imaginary records from Kompakt Records. The music of the Lithuanian producer Gediminas Jakubka, who turns into Patricia on stage, balances between borders. An attempt at orientation.
Music List
Jeff Parker
10 All Time Favs
The guitarist Jeff Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. And yet you get the feeling he’s just starting out. But he already wrote music history as part of Tortoise. Now his new album »Suite for Max Brown« has been released on International Anthem. For this occasion we have asked Jeff Parker to choose 10 records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music Portrait
Kalahari Oyster Cult
The best of all possible worlds
Diving for pearls in the mud, tracking down rave classics from the nineties and working with producers for whom it doesn’t matter if the record ends up in the Beatport charts: Colin Volvert’s label Kalahari Oyster Cult mixes up the underground with its DIY ethos.
Music List
Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics
10 All Time Favs
The Heliocentrics have just released »Infinity Of Now«. The album has the potential to inspire future musicians. Malcolm Catto, however, has first revealed to us the records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music Portrait
Mad About Records
Sinfully summery
With his label Mad About the Portuguese Joaquim Paulo takes care of the really hard to find records from Jazz to Bossa Nova. With success. We introduce you to the label in detail.
Music Portrait
Blackest Ever Black
Search for alienation
Among connoisseurs of fucked up, intoxicating sounds, the record label Blackest Ever Black was appreciated like no other. IAt the end of the year 2019 it was suddenly closed. We look back on a label that musically determined the 2010s like few others.
Music Comment
RSD Black Friday 2019
12 Vinyl records to look out for
We’ve browsed through this year’s list of exclusive Record Store Day Black Friday 2019 releases and put together a selection of twelve Vinyl records that we’ve identified as possible highlights.
Music List
Polish Jazz
An introduction in 10 vinyl records
The Polish jazz scene is considered one of the most important and creative in Europe. Today it oscillates between superficial conventions and hidden ruptures. A little search for clues.
Music Essay
Women Of Jazz
We Insist Female
Women in jazz are still not a matter of course. That has to change. For in the past, female musicians have had a decisive influence on jazz and the future is also in their hands.
Music Column
Records Revisited
Lootpack – Soundpieces: Da Antidote! (1999)
The breakthrough: »Soundpieces: Da Antidote« lifted the still young West Coast label Stones Throw from the circle of experts to the cult Olympus. Now the underground classic is 20 years old.
Music Essay
British Jazz
On The Hot Spot
Jazz in Great Britain is in the midst of a generational shift. New talents from Manchester to London are revising gridlocked listening habits and are testing the limits of the genre. But why now?
Music List
Record Store Day 2019
12 releases to look out for
We’ve searched through this year’s list of releases exclusively released for Record Store Day 2019 and put together a selection of twelve records that we’ve identified as possible highlights.
Music Column
Records Revisited
J Dilla – The Shining (2006)
»The Shining« was J Dilla’s first posthumous album. You get soul, you get funk, you get the tricky stuff, and you can also get this raw rap shit. You get the infinite forms of expression that J Dilla mastered. It’s a true classic.
Music Interview
Midori Takada
Deep inward scenerys
The exceptional percussionist Midori Takada gives us an insight into the recordings and circumstances of her masterpiece »Through The Looking Glass«, which is now re-released by WRWTFWW Records in cooperation with Palto Flats.
Music Portrait
New Record Labels #26
Parallel Berlin, Power Vacuum, Superfly und Super Rhythm Trax
Every month we introduce you to labels, which we recently included in our Shop and/ or the discovery of which is worth it! The chosen ones this time around: Parallel Berlin, Power Vacuum, Superfly and Super Rhythm Trax.
Music Portrait
New Record Labels #25
Bliq, Dub Disco, Ectotherm, and Jazzaggression
Month by Month we are going to introduce you to a bunch of record labels, which are new at hhv.de webshop and/or you definitely have to discover now. The record labels this month are: Bliq, Dub Disco, Ectotherm, Jazzaggression.
Music List
Acid Arab
10 All Time Favs
We ask musicians to list and comment on 10 records by which they have been formed, bettered and educated. This time, the production collective Acid Arab takes on the task.
Music Interview
Abra
Turnt Up Art Kid
Abra comes with the charisma, the talent and the looks to become one of the great figures of pop. At the same time she’s bizarre enough to be love by those who hate Spotify. For a long time she was just one thing for many: too bizarre.
Music List
Deadbeat
10 Canadian Favorites
Deadbeat is one of the musicians who carry the torch for contemporary electronic music from Canada. There are others, there have been others. In his list Deadbeats names them – plus influntial canadian musicians from other genres.