Adan Jodorowsky had led the kind of charmed life that will leave you shaking your head in wonder. As a youngster, he was given his first dance lesson by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. He got his first guitar lesson from none other than George Harrison. And he was the star of a feature film Santa Sangre, (directed by his father, famed surrealist filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky) by the age of 10.
These days, he is a bona fide rock star in his native France and throughout South America, able to sell out the 10,000-seat National Auditorium in Mexico City and to perform alongside Foo Fighters and MGMT as part of 2012’s Lollapalooza Chile.
Add all that experience and excellence up, and it is long past time for folks in the U.S. and beyond to take notice of this singular talent. And he has just the album to help get the rest of the world to shine the spotlight in his direction.
Recording under the stage name Adanowsky, he has taken a sharp left turn away from the lush folk pop of his 2011 U.S. debut Amador, an album that found him collaborating with Devendra Banhart and exploring the deepest romantic desires and heartbreaks of the titular character (the name translates to “The Lover”).
With his latest full-length ADA, he has put aside the emotion and is purely concentrating on physical pleasures. “I wanted something sweaty and gross,” Adanowsky says. “I wanted to feel the drugs on this album. I’m not a drug addict at all but I wanted people to feel that same kind of high in the music.”
Recorded at Polysound Studios in the suburbs of Paris backed by Vincent and Xavier Polycarpe of the French pop group Gush, ADA is a sexy throwback to the early work of icons like Prince and Michael Jackson replete with shimmy-shake disco rhythms, vintage ’80s R&B pulsations, and a whole lot of glammy attitude.
To aid in their role of creating a record that sounds as luscious as possible, Adanowsky and the Polycarpe brothers played everything live in the studio using equipment made before 1975. That also meant spending a long time poring over mixes with engineer Jack Lahana (Air, Phoenix) to capture that perfect Controversy/Off The Wall spirit.
But as ADA ‘s collection of slinky, party starters proves, all that effort was more than worth it. Just check out the carefree, summery pulse of “Dancing To The Radio,” or the metaphor-free throb of “Sexual Feeling.” These are songs that cut right to the point: shake off your daily frustrations, toss on a favorite frock, and have some fun.
“I want to give hope with this record,” Adanowsky explains. “I want people to have fun listening to it. I want you to wake up in the morning and put this record on, or put it on in their car, and dance and feel the power!”