Damon Bell arrives on DBA with a debut three-track EP that delves deep into the musical influences that shape his sound. Best known for his output on fellow Oaklander Aybee’s Deepblak Recordings – where he holds the title Chief Connoisseur- Bell has won ardent admirers both with his string of EPs and with last year’s debut LP ‘Blues For The Libyan’, in addition to releases on R&S sub-label Meda Fury.
The trio of tracks that make up the Ankh Boogie EP find Bell returning to the dynamic African rhythms of his most floor-friendly work, with live instrumentation layered over an electronic pulse.
It’s been a minute but L.I.E.S are back with the podcast series. DBA’s own Semtek coming through with an hours worth of House music from the New York school of the late 80s and early-nineties. Harkening back to the likes of clubs like The Red Zone, The World, Zanzibar, and the expert mix shows on WBLS and Kiss FM, Semtek dishes out a smooth mix of old school classics perfect for the summer nights.
The latest release from The Kelly Twin’s Happy Skull label, comes from an old friend of the DBA family, Adjowa, who delivered ‘Science & Soul’ as one of the first DBA Dubs, back in 2013. Serving up his second release to the uncompromising Happy Skull, Adjowa brings a softer ethereal sound to the eclectic yet guttural string of releases that precedes his.
“The EP was inspired by low budget, private press boogie, italo and electro records and was recorded in my studio in Bristol over the course of a weekend in August 2015.
The tracks were made using a hardware sequencer running three synths, two drum machines and going through a few hardware reverbs and delays. All of the tracks were recorded to tape in one take with no post-production, dubbed live on a crackly old desk”
Like all great things in life today’s DBA recommends originated over a pint in the Bell. Semtek’s latest delectable mix this Summer has been served up for Yokel, local label Greta Cottage Workshop’s radio series.
Introducing the new Patternburst Select mix; Volume 1 served up from our very own Semtek, providing ‘an hour of warm, fuzzy, jazzy grooves which are just about perfect for convincing you it’s actually summer, inside and out.’
The latest release from Newcastle’s Acid Waxa comes from DBA veteran Halvtrak. Get your digital copy or cassette now.
Friends of the family Happy Skull have served up another instalment of their AIR MIX series. Previous contributors include Creta Kano and DJ Persuasion with his nostalgic 91-92 Hardcore Mix. This time another of Bristol’s finest E-Roy has dished up an hour and a half of #oxygen bap
This July, Deepblak regular, Damon Bell, is joining Don’t Be Afraid with his 3 track EP ‘Ankh Boogie, ‘a return to the African rhythms that have created his most club-focused tracks’. Catch a first listen below via FACT.
DBA veteran Mr Beatnick has lined up a string of Summer dates including an NTS showcase at the newly-revitalised Jazz Cafe plus an appearance at Found Festival alongside Detroit royalty Theo Parrish & Ron Trent, before rounding up the season with sets at London’s Lovebox and the Pagoda stage at Secret Garden Party.
DBA are heading to Sheffield for a very special party with Don’t Look Now. Taking over The Harley on June 11th will be Karen Gwyer – live, Semtek, and DJ Set; joined by Aqualab’s Wade Deacon and residents Nomadic & Tom Lye. Don’t Look Now, Don’t Be Afraid.
DBA’s latest vinyl only VA release is due out June 3rd, welcoming back established label favourite Lily with his Phillip K Dick inspired ‘Empire Never Ended’, and introducing new faces to the DBA family. Offering up Karen Gwyer’s ominously kaleidoscopic ‘Mom Did it on a Plane’, Raven Kru’s down-tempo hardcore-esque ‘Peeches’ and Dukwa’s juddering off-key banger ‘Sixty Five’.
Out June 3rd
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The second album from friend of the family Alis dropped on Plus100 Records earlier this week. Chatting with FACT magazine Alis AKA Sabina Plamenova, discussed her artistic development and the freedom she found moving away from producing as Subeena.