b. Adem Ilhan, England. Ilhan is the second member of acclaimed post-rock act Fridge to make his mark with a solo project (after Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet). The son of a classical pianist, Ilhan chose to play bass guitar and recorded four albums with Hebden and Sam Jeffers under the Fridge moniker. After Fridge was put on hiatus following the release of 2001’s Happiness, Ilhan began working on material for his debut as Adem (pronounced Ah-dem). Released in 2004, the contemplative Homesongs proved to be reminiscent of late UK folk artist Nick Drake, sounding as if it was composed on the banks of a rural English river, not in a small flat in Whitechapel in the east end of London. In contrast to Hebden’s work as Four Tet, Adem played every note on Homesongs, only then using computer technology to enhance and subtly alter the songs. Each track conveyed Adem’s attention to detail and the delicate use of autoharp and squeeze box, along with many other unusual instruments, was used to exquisite effect. A Nick Drake for the new millennium, and although many of the instruments Drake would have used are also present the production is innovative and contemporary, which is Adem’s point of difference.