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(1994 – 2005)

Gridlock was an band originally created by Mike Wells in 1994. A year later, Mike Cadoo joined up, and the duo released their first two demos, Sickness and Frozen, and soon signed to Pendragon Records in 1997. Their style was originally akin to the sound of early Skinny Puppy with less vocals and an aspect not normally found in . Eventually, they took on a more epic soundscape; slowly removing their traditional industrial influence and cultivating an experimental sound, combining elements of , , /, and . Today, they could better be compared to Autechre due to their IDM sound, and to PanaCea for their drum and bass experimentation.

On March 24, 2005, the band announced its dissolution on its website, but promised to continue making music under Wells’ and Cadoo’s respective side projects.

Mike Wells will continue the Gridlock ideology through O2, doing remixes for other artists, as well as a new O2 release. He also runs a mastering studio, Mike Wells Mastering.

Mike Cadoo works under the aliases Dryft and Bitcrush. He also runs the record label n5MD and the MP3 label en:peg digital.


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  • Shadowcast

    there is an increasing abundance of artists using sounds very similar to Gridlock's classic trilogy of industrial-ambient-idm records... Especially Arca, who produced significant portions of the new Bjork and FKA Twigs albums. But also artists such as HOLOVR and Lumisokea...

    7 Apr 2:07pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Mike Cadoo's solo projects are great. I don't know whether Mike Wells does anything now aside from audio engineering. I don't think they need a reunion though.

    24 Mar 7:41pm Reply
  • Askefrost

    Formless was released 12 years ago.

    22 Mar 6:24pm Reply
  • Askefrost

    For years I wake up disappointed knowing these guys will never make anything new again.

    22 Mar 6:22pm Reply
  • I0000days

    It sounds like Autechre if they continued on their incubated path instead of choosing to unfurl into erroneous reforms.

    13 Mar 9:28am Reply
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    24 Jan 6:48pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Gods of music. Still unsurpassed.

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    thinking about selling Travel Sickness box, anyone interested?

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • faaa360

    Estrella (Funckarma Remix) !!!

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    yes Trace is the best, CD more than the LP but the LP is damn good too. anyway after hearing that most recent Dryft album I'm really glad they didn't keep going with gridlock. they ended it at a very good note with Inbetween. I'm gonna go give that a listen, been awhile.

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • abasofdoom

    trace is my favorite, it had to pass some time before i could even listen to that album but when I did >>>

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • abasofdoom

    Ambient IDM, aka the best music in this universe too bad it's such an occult music... where are tha events, probably in the astral realm

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • elitist_jerk

    one of the greatest electronic bands around

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • SimonWoerner

    I've been jamming Formless all week. Just such a masterpiece I wish EVERYONE could appreciate <3 [2]

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • MomentOfFear

    I've been jamming Formless all week. Just such a masterpiece I wish EVERYONE could appreciate <3

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • snuffmachinery

    I'm not obsessed I swear! >.<

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Gerilaa

    Delicious timbres & textures!

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • qwerty_withak

    How the fuck have I been sleeping on these guys!?

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Karppaky

    I like how many people he managed to make mad on different IDM shoutboxes with that comment. Insecurity?

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • DrKnSsVrKLl

    Further is one of the most stuning album out there

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
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