Well before the flood of synth and beat heavy experimental pop music became the sound de jour, Adam Sarmiento began releasing his own synth based jams under the name I and I. Drawing on his experiences as a drummer and vocalist in various projects (The New Tribe, The Pistol Arrows and The Candles) and his affection for the club sounds of his youth, I and I’s albums have blended rhythmic experimentation with a pop sensibility and in the process yielded a sound that is quite singular. The debut ‘We Are’ was described as an “exceptional and essential disc” by the OK gazette and the follow up ‘White Noise/Black Music’ received substantial praise from the press and was called “a breath of fresh air” by Coppertalis.com. The new I and I record ‘The Alpha Future’ is the culmination of Adam’s work and is the most accessible, ambitious and refined yet. Written and recorded after a tour of Norway, an effort was made to bring the live experience to the recording process and the resulting album was made in a fraction of the time spent on the previous works. There is a certain looseness and spontaneity of thought and production that are often found wanting in the realm of Electronic music. Like all of I and I’s records there is a broad range of sound, emotion, tempo and approach but always the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts. Overall the album solidifies I and I’s ethos that music to dance to could have Pop at it’s heart and that Pop, in an alpha future, could have more of a mind and soul.