Category archives: releases

[DBR-V032] Afrikan Sciences – Reciprocity EP

After shifting through a few different monikers the last year Deepblak Rhythm Czar Afrikan Sciences returns to form. Laced always with his elastic funk forward grooves the “Reciprocity” EP continues to build on his legacy. One that has consistently morphed diasporic rhythms into new colors. Creating new space on the dance-floor as well inside the mind. Four independent yet intertwined tracks all meant to make you oscillate inward outward.

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Written and produced by Eric Porter.

Release date: February 5th, 2018

[DBR-V031] AYBEE and Lars Bartkuhn are The Astral Walkers – Passage EP

The Passage EP brings together two of the chief champions of far reaching sounds in AYBEE, and Lars Bartkuhn. Bartkuhn best known for his work with his iconic (NEEDS) imprint, and AYBEE for his boundary pushing ethos at (Deepblak). A project spawned of mutual love, and respect the two met at an impromptu jam performance at the Xjazz Fest where the seeds were planted for further collaboration. Committed to stretching out beyond tight parameters they sought to capture the spirit of the dance. As “The Astral Walkers” they set out to combine the fearless freedom of the Jazzfunk era with the endless possibilities within electronic music.

Release Date: October 2017

[DBR-V030] AYBEE – THE ODYSSEY LP

AYBEE - THE ODYSSEY

Deepblak’s Chief Alchemist AYBEE will release his fourth full-length studio album, The Odyssey, in November 2016. As befitting its grand title, this newest long-player finds him concerned with personal journeys: both the personal one that has brought him to this point – living in Berlin, 15 years since founding Deepblak in his native Oakland – and the one that beckons for him personally and creatively in future: AYBEE sees himself as being halfway up a mountain, looking back on where he has come from, and to where he will be headed next – both concepts play a profound role in the emotional textures of the album, which in true Deepblak fashion draws from jazz, deep house, techno, hip hop, blues, experimentation, cinema, space, time and infinity.

The Odyssey represents a change-up for AYBEE in several ways, forged from a desire to keep expectations at bay and throw something of a curveball for those who felt they had him pegged: “a good pitcher always keeps you off balance”. This newest work saw him deliberately limit his sound palette in a creative exercise that challenged him to create a full body of work from a small pre-selected library of sonic elements. While this was restricting in some aspects, the approach to – as he puts it – “throw the ingredients in a basket and cook with it later” gave him more freedom to focus on atmosphere and groove instead of putting hours into trying out different options – “otherwise I’d still be in the studio now trying to work out which hi-hat to use on the third track!”

While the resulting collection of tracks, bound together in sounds used yet disparate in their applications of them, may represent a more accessible AYBEE album than those prior, it still contains within it the DNA of his work with Deepblak Rhythm Czar, Afrikan Sciences – most notably in their improvised, one-take album length Miles Davis homage ‘Sketches of Space‘. That 2014 LP was closely followed by another collaboration, with Jerome Sydenham and Ron Trent as S.A.T., released on the former’s Ibadan Records and pursuing a more techno-driven sound to the polyrhythmic jazz experimentation of ‘Sketches’. Elements of both styles can be found in The Odyssey, as it moves through tempos and styles, yet the approach he has taken regarding the sounds used ensures it will forever be a unique work in his discography – quite literally nothing in his work before or since will sound like this record.

The Odyssey’s artwork is by the artist Grzegorz Redko (www.grzegorzredko.com), whose animations of the cover art will be released online ahead of the album release, lending another dimension to AYBEE’s latest statement of artistic intent, with many more still to come as he keeps climbing that mountain.

AYBEE – Man Over Machine from Deepblak on Vimeo.

[DBR-V028] AYBEE – The Heart Of The Sun (Single Sided 12″)

AYBEE issues this single sided excursion into the depths of late night madness. Built around a monstrous bassline “The Heart OF The Sun” builds slowly into a marriage of groove and ethereal sentiment. A prized possession in AYBEE’s late night arsenal over the last months it finally makes it’s way to vinyl as a special single sided release.

AYBEE - The Heart Of The Sun

[DBR-V006] AFRIKAN SCIENCES – Means and Ways 2xLP (Reissue)

Afrikan Sciences

Afrikan Sciences universally celebrated 1st LP “Means and Ways” gets a 2xLP reboot.

[DBR-V027] DFLN – The Way I Feel EP

DFLN - The Way I Feel EP

The multi-talented North Carolina native Derrick Curtis known as DFLN (Dreams From Last Night) makes his debut on Deepblak. Brought to our attention a few years back DFLN has been a consistent source of inspiration with the freshness of his perspective, and sonic tapestry. Isolated from club/dance culture in N.C. lends to an authenticity of his voice. Isolation let’s DFLN’s music emanate from a truly special place. Leaning away from sampling DFLN chooses to play out his music from scratch. This coupled with an unworldly sense of rhythm has yielded some of the freshest music we have heard of late. “The Way I Feel” EP is an enchanting walk through moods, and swing. It is unchained, fluid, and free. It is what we encourage here at Deepblak. Leaps… We hope you enjoy as much as we do presenting.

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[DBR-V024] Orion 70 (aka AYBEE) – BOOK OF RHYTHM EP

Title – BOOK OF RHYTHM EP
Cat# – DBR-V024
Artist – Orion 70 (aka AYBEE)
Label – Deepblak
Format – 12”
Style – Techno
Release Date – March 2016
Distributor – Crosstalk Intl. http://www.crosstalkintl.com/

Tracklisting

A1. BOOK 01
B1. BOOK 02
B2. BOOK 03

AYBEE reboots his Orion 70 moniker after several years dormancy following the iconic “Enki” release. This outing brings us to the “BOOK OF RHYTHM” which includes the first 3 Books of a series that will include 7. Stated by AYBEE as “beautiful chaos” BOOK OF RHYTHM is straight Techno business served in Deepblak mold.

[DBR-V026] Octo Octa – Further Trips EP

Brooklyn based producer Octo Octa aka Maya Morrison comes to Deepblak after releasing some of most stunning House tunes of the last few years. Her “Further Trips” EP shows off her knack for lush rich grooves, and melodies that are intoxicating in nature. The drive, and atmosphere of Morrison’s productions are what led Deepblak’s AYBEE to her work. All 4 tracks put these ingredients on display as they speak to the head, and the feet. After serving as secret weapons for AYBEE over the past few months Deepblak is proud to finally share the “Further Trips” EP with the rest of the world.

Title – Further Trips EP
Cat# – DBR-V026
Artist – Octo Octa
Label – Deepblak
Format – 12”
Style – Deephouse
Release Date – Summer 2015
Distributor – Crosstalk Intl. http://www.crosstalkintl.com/

Tracklisting

A1. Body Drift
A2. Further Out
B1. Keep
B2. House Of Snakes

[DBR-V025] Damon Bell – Blues For The Libyan LP

Damon Bell - Blues For The Libyan

Deepblak Chief Connoisseur Damon Bell following years of several outstanding EP’s offers up his debut album in “Blues For The Libyan“. Staying true to his penchant for mixing African rhythms with dance floor aesthetics the Oakland based producer weaves together a tightly knit escapade thru his world. Much like his long standing DJ residencies at S.F.’s “Make Out Room” and Oakland’s “389” Damon has built a solid reputation for his ability to traverse many sounds, and genres into one coherent groove. “Blues For The Libyan” follows suit as Damon melds experimentation, and tradition into a palatable experience for the listener. Tapping into the talents of label mate Afrikan Sciences for “Rhythm Meat” and Oakland based vocalist Khalil Anthony (Chromosome Replacement) the collaborations do well to further Damon’s vision of polyrhythmic dance. Studying percussion in his youth you can feel it’s influence throughout “BFTL” accompanied with Damon’s tinge for a little future dance floor funk. After receiving praise last year from luminaries such as the BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs, and NYC’s Dope Jams crew Damon’s sound continues to build. BFTL represents Damon’s most outstanding statement to date of modern electronics mixed with traditional impulses. Culminating an authenticity, and honesty that is a breath of fresh air in the present space.

Title – Blues For The Libyan
Cat# – DBR-V025
Artist – Damon Bell
Label – Deepblak
Format -12”
Style?- Deep House/Experimental
Release Date – July 2015
Distributed by – Crosstalk

Tracklisting
A1. Chromosome Replacement ft. Khalil Anthony (8:12)
A2. Concrete Caravan (2:50)
B1. Blood (7:40)
B2. Striving To Be Who We Are (5:46)
C1. Rhythm Meat ft Afrikan Sciences (8:31)
C2. Libyan Ether ft. Son of Ororo (6:19)
D1. Broken Feathers (5:27)
D2. Kampala (DBo Vershun) (6:40)

[DBR-V023] AYBEE – The Alchemy EP

AYBEE - The Alchemy EP

AYBEE follows up the experimental musings of the Sketches Of Space LP with what could be called AYBEE’s first Techno outing, “The Alchemy EP” sees AYBEE planting both feet in a Techno sensibility 3 tunes that mesh rhythm, drive, and the hallmark sonic colorings.

Written and produced Armon Bazile for Deepblak Music (BMI) 2015. © Deepblak Recordings 2015

Title – The Alchemy EP
Cat# – DBR-V023
Artist – AYBEE
Label – Deepblak
Format – 12”
Style – Techno
Release Date – Feb 2015

Tracklisting

A1. Metamorphosis
B1. The Sky Is Ours
B2. Centrifugal Seduction

AFRIKAN SCIENCES releases “Circuitous” LP on PAN

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The Rhythm CZAR Afrikan Sciences releases his 4th LP via Bill Kouligas’s Berlin based PAN label. Rich with his amazing sound sculpture, and distinct rhythmic sensibilities, “Circuitous” continues to cement AFSCI as truly one of the more adventurous producers around. Cinematic, colorful, with a tinge of fantasy it is essential listening. Of course we are TOTALLY bias, and of course we LOVE IT! Truly a special release on a special Label!!


[DBR-V022] AYBEE/Afrikan Sciences – Sketches of Space 2xLP

Title – Sketches Of Space

Cat# – DBR-V022
Artist – AYBEE and Afrikan Sciences
Label – Deepblak
Format – 2xLP
Style – Experimental, Future Jazz
Release Date – July 2014
Distributor – Crosstalk Intl.

Tracklisting

A1. Deep East Suite Part 01 (The Call) (15:00)
B1. Deep East Suite Part 02 (Response) (15:00)
C1. Deep East Suite Part 03 (Sunward) (7:45)
C2. K-Fetisch 01 (Kosmo Bahn) (5:52)
D1. K-Fetisch 02 (Vibes) (4:04)
D2. Knew What’s Coming (Sculpture) (4:10)

Deepblak’s left, and right arm AYBEE along with Afrikan Sciences offer up an homage to one of the greatest musical innovators of the 20th Century, in Miles Davis. “Sketches of Space” is comprised of LIVE jam sessions recorded over a 3 year span, and two countries . The project though named after Mile’s classic “Sketches of Spain” is not dedicated to any of Miles’s work specifically, but honoring his pioneering spirit from which this project drew fuel.

Particularly Davis’s spirit in his continual search for new sound. This is search led him into the jazz fusion era, birthing a movement of stunning contributions by jazz giants that began to explore the improvisational possibilities of electronic instruments. This era in particular, along with it’s ethos has played a critical role in Deepblak’s creative direction over the years. AYBEE along with Afsci have remained steadfast in pushing themselves sonically, and have drawn an innumerable amount of inspiration from the free flowing vibes of the 70’s jazz fusion era.

“Sketches of Space” is by no means a Jazz album, nor is it a remixing or recreation of Miles’ music. Though it is with him in mind that the two producers entered into the Sketches jam-sessions over two continents (Oakland, US/Berlin DE) to record. Wild, Cosmic, and smooth at times “Sketches” represents the free flowing experimentation that Deepblak as a label cherishes so dearly.

[DBR-V021] Damon Bell – Teph-Tep EP

Damon Bell - Teph-Tep EP

Title – Teph-Tep EP
Cat# – DBR-V021
Artist – Damon Bell
Label – Deepblak
Format – 12”
Style – Deephouse
Release Date – May 2014
Distributor – Crosstalk Intl.

Tracklisting

A1. Teph-Tep
B1. Minds Speak
B2. Science of Love

Deepblak Chief Connoisseur Damon Bell returns with more Cali infused dance-floor vibes on his Teph-Tep EP. Smooth yet driving Teph-Tep pulls you into the center of Damon’s grooves, and textures. As with previous releases the emphasis lay in Damon’s arrangements that can power the dancefloor, and sit just as comfortably in headphones. Teph-Tep sets the stage for Damon’s forthcoming debut LP coming fall 2014 on Deepblak.