DBA Recommends starts 2017 with a beautiful, transcendent LP from Ohio’s, Gabriel S. Schray. Littered with echoed guitar trills and diaphanous synths, the album unhurriedly explores soft and gentle dream-like sounds with a rare expertise. Forthcoming as Last Resort Record’s debut release, Gabriel is the gentle ease into the new year that we all need.
Showcasing the versatility of her music earlier this year, Karen Gwyer soundtracked Loewe’s Spring/Summer collection at Paris Fashion Week, taking ‘Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telephase’ from the dancefloor to the catwalk.
“C Powers was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He lives in Savannah, Georgia. He is resident DJ for “performance art drag collective” House Of Gunt. He has also been resident DJ at clubnights Cape Fear in Savannah, Hunger in Atlanta and No Pain In Pop in London. He works in a library and is cat dad to Peppers, Bucchi, and Baby D.
His releases include the Oysters EP for Proper Trax in 2015 and the Up Neck EP for CGI Records in 2014. He produced the single ‘Crow’ for the group 18+ (from their album Trust) as well as songs on their album Collect.
Fitness Check shows C Powers’s experience as a DJ as well as his growth as a producer. From the drum programs to the arrangements, it’s obvious that the EP was written and produced by someone who can work a dancefloor. On ‘Wysh’, which he says is an “exit reaction” to “morose and morbid” techno, subliminal speech and warped vocal stabs transition from centered to alert. On ‘Fresco’ he dices and scatters a song over loops of itself, a technique he calls “a grey area between sampling and editing…I break it up into bits, resequence that shit then stuff that shit back into the track.”
DJs may get even more service from the ‘Wysh Key Beats’ and ‘Fresco Beatapella’ versions, which give jacking rhythm tracks and sub-bass extra room to do their thing. The heavily dubbed ‘Ask Less Kick Beats’, lighter on drums but with a booming bassline, may prove useful as a set-opener or closer.
The EP has been mastered for club play by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.”
Don’t Be Afraid & Bio Rhythm Records are teaming up with promoters across the UK to present the Dream Cycle tour.
Proceedings kick off in Glasgow with Stereotone, then we head down to Bristol and Cardiff to host with Happy Skull and Palette respectively before concluding in a secret London location with DBA & Bio Rhythm only.
MUTANT HOUSE ACID JACK EBM RAVE NO RAVE
GRAVITATIONAL MYSTICAL SEXUAL ALCHEMY FOR LIFE
Karen Gwyer shares an hour long mix as part of Groove’s podcast series. Easing in with a ghostly release from Martijn Comes, before weaving harder beats into tracks from Kikmora Tape’s ‘Knock Knock Who’s Dead’, then taking things even darker with industrial, acid sounds from Dual Shaman.
Gwyer discusses her latest release with DBA, being happiest playing music that gets people dancing, and looking to shake off people’s perception that she just plays ‘meandering, textural music in churches’. This mix, her recent set at Simple Things festival and our last London party down at Rye Wax; go a long way in proving otherwise!
Last Friday, as part of the Be Very Afraid weekender, we headed to NTS Manchester for a spOoky session in the studio. Joining us for the afternoon was rRoxymore, Samrai, Jayson Wynters, and Semtek; bringing tracks from Nonku Phiri, 777 recordings, First Second Label, and forthcoming DBA releases.
Detroit’s Club Creeps perform a live pa with DJs Roman Debnar , Mel Wonder Ryan Spencer & Charles Trees. Nov 5 10pm-4am. $10 entry @ Leland City Club, Detroit
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.