Friday, December 14th, 2012 | Podcast | No Comments
Some of my favourite artists, tracks and labels of 2012.
01. FunkinEvil - After Dusk (Wild Oats) Buy
Great collaboration between Kyle Hall and Funkieven, released via Hall’s Wild Oats label. The a-side ‘Night’, is a raw acidic workout reminiscent of Jamal Moss’ works - no holds barred on this one. ‘Dusk’ on the b-side keeps things mellower with its loose bass-line and keys - top quality jam.
02. The Abstract Eye - I Feel It In My Forehead (Eglo Records) Buy
Gifted & Blessed gives us the second outing under The Abstract Eye moniker, via the always on-point Eglo Records. Like last years excellent ‘Cool Warm Divine’ EP, it’s another slice of Detroit infused electro and techno - highly recommended. Look out for the upcoming Wild Oats release under The Reflektor guise, for similar vibes.
03. Storm Queen - Lets Make Mistakes (Environ) Buy
After their excellent 2010 debut (‘Look Right Through’), last years Storm Queen offering, ‘It Goes On’, fell a little short for myself. However, 2012 sees Morgan Geist & Damon Scott come right with the ridiculously catchy ‘Lets Make Mistakes’ - couldn’t get this one out of my head.
04. James Mason - Nightgruv (Rush Hour) Buy
For me this was the most vital re-issue of the year. ‘Nightgruv’ recorded in 1984 and originally released in 1996, is a proto-house track that sounds a lot like Larry Heard. On the flip, ‘I Want Your Love’, is a slower boogie number - both tracks are so good that you can understand the previous high price tag. Rush Hour, once again doing a fine job with unearthing the gems. Read more best of 2012 …
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 | Podcast | 2 Comments
Artist - Track (Label)
1. AYBEE - Santa Monica In 6 (Deepblak) Info
2. AYBEE and Fred P. - Sky Temples (cdr) Info
3. Hakim Murphy - Nikki Muscles (Metamorphic) Info
4. Steve Rachmad - Rond (Delsin) Info
5. DJ Spider - Crack Factory (Plan B) Info
6. T.B. Knudens & D. Savi - Foot Steps (Underground Quality) Info
7. John Consemulder feat. Lex Empress - Rewind To Start (Moods & Grooves) Info
8. Theo Parrish - Synthetic Flemm (Sound Signature) Info
9. Jenifa Mayanja - Bearings (Bu-Mako) Info
Direct download: JGM_65_-_Aybee.mp3
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 | Sounds, Vision | No Comments
Oakland’s Deepblak Recordings crew (Aybee, Afrikan Sciences, Damon Bell, EPS1 and Percepticon) recently came by The Friday Night Session for an interview, where they talked about music past, present and future, touching down on the difference between beats made in Oakland vs. San Francisco or Detroit, and how having the expensive pieces from your studio stolen makes you a better artist. You can check out the full audio interview here. Shout out to my co-hosts Mike Bee and Andrew Jervis who held it down despite the technical difficulties.
Thursday, July 8th, 2010 | Sounds | No Comments
I’ve been slacking off on posting reviews in the first half of this year and there has been a lot of great music released, so here’s a few bits and pieces that I’ve been feeling from the past few months.
Dutch label, Rush Hour, have been on fire this year. Not only have they been putting out new forward thinking music, but they’ve also been responsible for re-releasing classic hard-to-find house and techno. The much talked about ‘Frictionalism’ release from earlier this year, collects Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir’s works from 1994-2009, which is essential, as is the self-titled Virgo album and the Rick Wilhite ep’s. The more recent Boo Williams release collects the best tracks from three ep’s released on Residual in the late 90’s. If you enjoy Boo’s releases on Relief and Djax then this is a must. As for newer material, Tevo Howard delivers his updated acid house sound on the double 12″ ‘Crystal Republic’. Although nothing mind-blowing it’s definitely a grower and the crisp production sounds great. Also worth checking out is the 12″ from FaltyDL ‘All In The Place’. FaltyDL delivers his usual unclassifiable sound that brings together 2-step, house and techno.
If you’re into Nu Groove and the deeper side of NY house, the International Dee Jay Gigolo re-press of the Bobby Konders collection ‘A Lost Era In NYC 87-92′ is a must, complete with cuts like ‘The Poem’, ‘The Future’ and ‘Slackness and Sax’. Another must is Ron Trent’s ‘Altered States - Blak Tech Society’, which collects the three tracks included on the original 1990 Warehouse release, as well as remixes and other recordings from that period. Absolutely timeless and both collections providing much needed relief to original vinyl versions.
Updating those deep sounds is Oakland’s Aybee and his Deepblak label. The forthcoming ‘Blaktropolis Vol. 2′ showcases new material from label regulars, Blaktroniks, Afrikan Sciences as well as Aybee, and also highlights some new artists; especially interesting is 17 year old Shen 7, who’s track ‘Void’, sounds beyond his years. Aybee also provided the thoroughly engrossing ‘Ancient Tones’ release on Seattle’s Further Records. There’s been a lot of interest around Further and their highly limited cassette only releases. At first I didn’t quite get the cassette only thing and the limitations that goes along with the format, however, a recent Resident Advisor article on Further provides some sound reasoning. For those without a cassette deck, it looks like Further’s vinyl experiment has worked out and we’re going to see the excellent ‘Ancient Tones’ on vinyl.
One of the key players of the genre defying sounds coming out of London at the moment, Floating Points, delivers (yet again) another massive record. ‘Peoples Potential’ has been doing the rounds for quite a while, however the flip side (’Shark Chase’) is where it’s at. It’s relentless jacking drums and bass, sound like it came straight out of mid 80’s Chicago. Absolutely devastating when played on a proper system. Other tracks meant for big systems, Levon Vincent’s ‘Double Jointed Sex Freak’, John Robert’s ‘White’, Mike Dehnert’s Dico EP and of course Wax 003.
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 | Sounds | 6 Comments
Armon Bazile and his Deepblak label has been releasing deep, electronic music since 2001, under a number of guises such as Aybee, Prof Delacroix, Orion 70 and o1o. With the imminent release of his first solo album, Armon gives us an insight to his label, influences and working techniques.
Q: You’re about to drop the debut album under your Aybee moniker - tell me about that and what else is in the pipeline for Deepblak in 2009.
A: The album is called the East Oakland Space Program. I have been trying to complete it for more than 3 years now. It’s changed form at least 4 times, but I finally think it’s time. It is most definitely time. You only get 1 chance to do something for the 1st time, right? I have been holding off to make sure that when that TIME comes, the proper energy is available to be transferred. Once that project is out early May I will be releasing a slew of projects under different names throughout the year. Also working on a live show hopefully to be ready by summer of 09. This year I’m looking forward to championing artists such as Afrikan Sciences, Blaktroniks via Deepblak in 09. Read more and listen…..