This week, Optigram – the man behind DBA’s artwork – has dropped his latest collaboration with Adidas, applying his signature digi-camo motif to the ZX Flux weave. With an extensive portfolio in the realms of both music and fashion, Optigram has worked alongside Ninja Tune, Planet Mu and Warp.
“Few, if any, selectors embody the essence of Detroit as perfectly as DJ Bone. Having cut his teeth during techno’s formative years with residencies at many of the city’s iconic clubs, Bone’s fluid yet technically flawless mixing- often across three or more decks- has won him an international following in spite of a stoic indifference to self-promotion.
Though his style is often typified as hard-and-fast, Bone is no stranger to mining more soulful territory- last year saw Bone release a brace of EPs via Don’t Be Afraid under the newly-created alias Differ-Ent, including the emotive and deeply personal M.O.M, a tribute to his mother’s passing.
DJ Bone’s contribution to the Crack Mix series catches him at his best, kicking off with ominous, swirling warehouse techno before launching into a giddying, crossfader-slamming assault.
DJ Bone appears at Bloc Weekend on 11- 13 March.”
The latest release in DBA’s dub series, ‘Make It Right’, sees Typesun bring together MOBO-award winning jazz quartet Empirical’s Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and top guitar sessionist Miles James with a group of Bristol’s finest musicians, inspired by the great soul and rare groove producers of the past. The result is a lush, melodic house jam pinned down by Typesun’s finely-honed production chops and backed by a Detroit house remix from FXHE’s Jason Fine.
‘Make It Right’ is set for release this Friday.
Gilles Peterson-endorsed Bristolian, Typesun, makes his next chess move following on from a queue of primo productions over the last few years. “The PL”, which featured the softly softly croons of an anonymous vocalist, was an undisputed 2013 jewel. “Water Song” was a swaddling pool of Latin loveliness; so good we had to take a dive ourselves. Now he’s recruited MOBO-award winning jazz quartet Empirical’s Lewis Wright (vibraphone) and top guitar session player Miles James alongside a group of Bristol’s finest musicians for “Make It Right”. Smoke-infused pinned down by Typesun’s finely-honed production chops; it’s the ideal mid-night foot-shifter.
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.
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.
“It’s easy to view his productions as fodder for a three-deck extravaganza, but that does a disservice to the joyful forward propulsion he’s been honing for 20 years as DJ Bone. M.O.M. continues in the same vein as Dulan’s last Don’t Be Afraid 12-inch, the first record under his Differ-Ent alias, meaning it’s a pair of finely tuned bangers that are structured to reward long hauls.”
DJ Bone ended 2015 attacking Rinse FM with his offering of the best techno around. Opening with his unreleased rework of the late Aaron Carl’s ‘Apologize’, and working his way through a number of upcoming Subject Detroit releases. Bone gives up two hours of hard hitters in all shapes and sizes, including his latest DBA release M.O.M.
“You know techno comes in all shapes, sizes, tempo and sounds”
RA’s Holly Dicker delves into the story behind Herva’s ever growing career; from his roots as an 11 year old writing music on his laptop, through to releasing three LP’s in 2015 with All City Records, Bosconi Records and Planet Mu.
“I know better how things work, the nature of things,” he tells me. “I guess that’s the only difference in approach: I enjoy making music more now.”
Differ-ent’s upcoming release with DBA speaks for itself in its quality, but in a refreshingly open and personal press release we’re shown the real depth of emotion and story behind the production of ‘M.O.M’.
“This is THEE most personal track I’ve ever released but my wife Ahnne and I feel that it is alright to share it with the people who’ve supported my music over the years and understand me.”
Christmas is coming early this year, in the form of Cold Tonic and DBA’s Alternative Office Xmas Party at The Love Inn. Taking the reigns December 10th will be Neville Watson following his latest release ‘Night of the Inflatable Muscle Heads’, bringing all the seasonal joy we have Cold Tonic founder, Krystal Klear, and providing all the yule tide bangers our very own Semtek, and CT’s Maurice Alexander. Seasons greetings everyone.
DJ Bone provides an hour of music, including some unreleased new music, for RA at earlier this year at ADE. Talking briefly about the difference between Differ-ent and DJ Bone, we get a little more of an insight into Bone’s darker alias who we’ll no doubt be hearing more from in the new year. Make sure you join our mailing list to be first in the know.
Mr Beatnick delivers a two hour selection to celebrate the imminent debut release on his new label Mythstery Records. Opening with the funky Telephone Dubs Mix of Jose Padilla’s Day One working through to the more futuristic sounds of Perseus Traxx with sounds of Seven Davis Jr and Bristol’s own Shanti Celeste along the way. Keeping things upbeat without being ‘too banging for home listening’.