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’.
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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.
One of DBA’s latest upcoming artists, Karen Gwyer, has added to the continually outstanding Crack mix series ahead of her contribution to DBA24.05, due out this month. May also marks a meeting of minds as Gwyer and Beatrice Dillon drop a collaborative LP for Alien Jams fourth release, don’t miss label head Chloe Frieda at DBA’s loft party this Sunday.
DBA’s second London party of 2016 is just around the corner, this time coming together with South London party people Front Left Life. In celebration Semtek has looked back on his life in clubs with Patternburst, working his way from the banks of the river Thames to the last night of Metalheadz to Bone at Fabric shortly after signing to DBA.
MGUN shares a mix recorded when he was just 19 years old, comprising of early material and his Mum and Dad’s forgotten records from the basement.
Rewind Forward give their two cents on our latest release, MGUN’s “Gentium captures the growth of a modern electronic artist in a way few albums do..”
Mr Beatnick is offering up an insatiable edit from the archives – sounding like something straight off GTA’s Fever 105, ‘Oceanic Funk’ is free to download via Soundcloud for the next few days.
Yesterday was a big day for DBA, with the release of our first 2xLP from MGUN. Juno Plus review Gentium, which is already sold out on Rush Hour and Phonica – don’t sleep!
Detroit native MGUN aka Manuel Gonzales returns from a two year break from releasing to unveil his debut LP for Don’t Be Afraid. Marking the UK-based label’s first artist album -DBALP001 – ‘Gentium’ follows a string of highly acclaimed releases on labels also including The Trilogy Tapes, Wild Oats, Third Ear, BAKK, Berceuse Heroique and FIT.
About half of these tracks were made in my childhood home between 2007 and 2010. Most were recorded on cassette then digitized on a Windows millennium edition PC. I would record these to the standard WAV recorder you can find in the sound preferences, which from there it was possible to use primitive effects to manipulate the audio file.
The other half were produced in my current home studio, using somewhat of the same system I used back then, one take for the most part. There is hardly any multi-tracking involved with any of my productions. I use a basic WAV editor to manipulate recordings as well as various analog recording mediums beforehand.
In drawing from these recordings and methods developed over such a long period of time, Gentium captures the growth of a modern electronic artist in a way few albums do, charting the evolution from an unknown quantity in the birthplace of techno to the DJ & producer widely admired today for the fresh immediacy of his approach.
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