Abakus is the artist project of music producer Russ Davies, who also releases nudisco-electro under the Cinnamon Chasers alias, and progressive rock/ambient with his father Dave Davies (founder of 60s cult act The Kinks) as The Aschere Project.
Abakus explores the deeper and more emotionally complex side to electronic music and the upcoming album later this year is undoubtably his finest work to date, an intensly heartfelt expression of the vast amount of music knowledge and experience Russ has aquired over the 10 years he's been producing and performing globally. Themes of space, other-worlds and dreamlike landscapes are a consistent theme in all of Russ' music. As a precurser to the album Abakus hits us with an EP entitled Beyond The Fields EP, which features 6 melodically potent and dreamy futuretronic beats, and you can hear many references to his most seminal influencial tracks such as Orbital - Hylcyon, The Orb - Pink Fluffy Clouds, FSOL - Dead Skin Cells, all mutated into his unique fusion of danceable beats and mind-melting soundscapes.
His sound drawns many influences from old and new and has become known for being of it's own kind, a fusion of downbeat, dub, techno, trance and electronica. His initial album 'That Much Closer To The Sun' as Abakus was released in 2004 on Liquid Sound Design, record label of award-winning producer Youth, and published to Jazz Summers Biglife, and was an album that appealed to both fans of psychadelic and balearic chillout. In the 6 years since releasing this album Abakus has built a special devoted following of fans globally which has seen him revieve bookings to perform at countless festivals and parties world-wide. Music from this album and from his collaboration with Humphrey Bacchus as Nada have been licensed to over 40 downbeat CD album compilations, on dozens are key labels including Ministry Of Sound, Cocoon & Bhudda Bar. Abakus has remixed The Orb, Our Man From Odessa, The Perishers, Roxy Music. In 2010 he released an EP with the track Wasted Feeling, this EP had a stronger club groove to it and recieved strong support from DJ's such as Laurent Garner, Jodi Wisternoff, and Seth Troxler. Russ also releases nu-disco and electro music under the moniker Cinnamon Chasers who's hit track Luv Deluxe won awards at SXSW for Best Music Video, Cannes Film Festival new directors award, and nomination at UK-MVA best Dance video.