After teaming with us last weekend on our penultimate London party of the year, Room 237 bring one of the most essential lineups of the year to Bristol. Clouds, the live techno duo who continue to turn heads with their no-nonsense club sets headline, along with Randomer who will be known to fans of UK techno and it’s subsidiaries via releases with Livity, Dekmantel UFO and a host of others.
That’s only the tip of the iceberg though, with Rephlex Records’ Aleksi Perälä, who has pioneered the Colundi sequence as a structural tool for techno, Basic Rhythm the creator of his own unique UK hardcore-inflected garage sound, and Bristol’s own DJ October also guesting. All this in one of Bristol’s most treasured techno venues, The Old Coroner’s Court. Recommended.
Welcoming collaborative music project, Dyad, in their first outing for DBA – offering two options for the discerning techno selector, one uplifting and rip-roaring, the other dark and brooding.
Dyad is the joint venture and label of Ben Gibson and Fundamental Interaction, launched in 2014. Their first trilogy of EPs showcased a muscular and melodic sound, with tracks like From Another Place, Enclosed and Zou receiving strong support from a host of highly regarded DJs.
12” release – 7th October
Digital release – 21st October
The nights are already getting longer as we look to kickstart Autumn with the next DBA x party, this time coming together with Room 237 bringing Ossia, Karen Gwyer (Live), Basic Rhythm (Live), Black Amiga and DJ Set to Rye Wax in Peckham, Providing visual accompaniment throughout the night will be Max Kelan Pearce, a regular contributor to the aesthetics of DBA.
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.