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AYBEE

AYBEE

With a versatility that is genre defiant AYBEE (Armon Bazile) consistently traverses the boundaries of Techno, House, Experimental, and Hip Hop seamlessly. While becoming a pillar for soul rooted forward rhythms, AYBEE’s work continues to expand sonic boundaries of the possible.

Emerging from his native Oakland, CA, AYBEE comes from a steep family tradition of music, innovation, and artistic exploration. Seeds planted by his New Orleans based grandfather who ran a small Jazz label, and uncle who ran a short lived disco imprint “Armour” in the late 70’s. It was the uplifting power of “Black Experience”, and dance that pushed AYBEE to embark on the exploration of himself as an artist in the early 00’s.

In 2001 AYBEE launched Deepblak Recordings as a creative outlet for his music. Ultimately catching the attention of legendary House DJ/Producer Ron Trent. This chance meeting led to Trent signing AYBEE to the iconic Prescription Records imprint, and releasing his first 12”. Soon after AYBEE along with Trent would come together to co-found Prescription sub-label Future Vision.

AYBEE since has gone on to establish himself as one of the most innovative, and boundary dissolving producers with more than a decade plus worth of projects to his credit. These include the ground-breaking Ancient Tones LP (Further Records), his critically acclaimed “WORLDS LP” (Deepblak), and his Miles Davis homage & collaborative LP “Sketches Of Space” with label mate Afrikan Sciences. Always pushing future forward rhythms to bare AYBEE’s sound palette keeps evolving in the pursuit of ever deeper truths embedded within the dance experience. A baton picked up that was left by the Be-Bop & Fusion era’s.

Deepblak’s ethos of diasporic electronics allied with rhythmic exploration are key tenets in development of the label. Maintaining a fresh balance between eclecticism, and what has playfully come to be described as “Free Techno”, Deepblak’s releases seek to champion the impulse of freedom for the artist to speak with the full palette of rhythm.

Always open to expanding the sound AYBEE has branched out to work with other prominent labels such as; Sound Of Speed (Japan), Further Records, Atjazz Record Co., Burek, Soul People Music, Yoruba, Deeply Rooted, Soul Jazz, and Dogmatik to name a few.

Based in Berlin since 2012 AYBEE continues to evolve his sound, and creative reach via DJ, LIVE performance, and Film. Feeling empowered with the seeds of the “Culture” and a deep love of musical expression he views the mission of the artist as simple; “Create sonic situations for us to move, and to be moved.”

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The Gift | A Film by AYBEE from Deepblak on Vimeo.

Press:::

AYBEE | 2016 | AYBEE Talks The Odyssey
AYBEE | 2015 | Sun Ra’s Free Space
AYBEE | 2014 | A Tale of two cities and a musical mystic
AYBEE | 2013 | CDR Berlin Q&A
AYBEE | 2012 | RINSE FM Interview and Mix with Alex Nut
AYBEE | 2012 | Halcyon Q&A
AYBEE | 2011 | Little White Earbuds podcast #101
AYBEE | 2011 | Interview CJLO 1690 Montreal w Michael Terzian | Listen | Download
AYBEE | 2011 | Feature ” Revolution of 1″ Resident Advisor
DEEPBLAK | 2010 | Interview with Friday Night Sessions | Listen | Download
AYBEE | 2009 | East Bay Express Feature “Fade To Deepblak”
AYBEE | 2009 | Interview with Popyourfunk.com

AYBEE | 2009 |
Interview Friday Night Sessions
AYBEE | 2006 | Interview with Basic Soul UK

AFRIKAN SCIENCES


Antenna : Transistor : picture sound motion : emotion content under pressure : The Camelwalk Slang : Crossroads Theme : Sound painter : Ancestor Transistor : Traveller Rhythm Czar : A Dub Bizzare

Afrikan Sciences (Eric Porter Douglass) stands solidly as one of the most innovative producers to surface on the west coast in near time. The Deepblak Co-Head affectionately titled the Rhythm Czar has steadily become one of the most well respected creators in Electronic music. Ever the artist Eric maintains a low profile staying true to his craftsmanship. Along with his releases on Deepblak his music has found it’s way on to other labels such as UK based Bitasweet (Bugz In The Attic), Puerto Rico based Amalgama, German based Rubaiyat, and Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint. As a student of the rhythmic arts, Eric is also an accomplished DJ/Live Performer having opened shows for acts like Outkast, Rakim, Dead Prez, played in the Band of nu soul icon Julie Dexter, appeared in clubs like the BlueNote/New York & Jazzcafe/London. His project Student Body Presents recently caught a lot of attention with the “afro punk” track “boxes” which was released on the “Black Rock Coaltion” CD (New York), and as a 7inch on Rubaiyat.

– “ This is not your usual electronica album: it’s fresh,exciting & brave enough to follow a different way; deepness galore!” Georgia Ann Muldrow (Los Angeles – Stones Throw)

In 2011 Porter released his benchmark album “Means and Ways” LP which brought him universal praise as one of the ground breaking artists/albums of the year.

Douglass’ preoccupation with rhythm, however, fixates on the oddities—the mutations, the dualities and instances of bare collision. His hoarded beats are gleaned from a whirlwind of origins—west London broken beat, the east coast’s ’90s house, ’40s jazz, indigenous African and Latin rhythms—but they’re deployed concurrently and unexpectedly, with cross-beats and displacement used as accents in his own pidgin dialect. ~ Resident Advisor

Releases:

[DBR-D010] Afrikan Sciences – Wadada Music Pt.1
[DBR-D020] Deepblak presents BLAKTROPOLIS vol.01
[DBR-D027] Deepblak presents BLAKTROPOLIS vol.02
[DBR-D026] The Nibiru Projekt EP
[DBR-D029] Afrikan Sciences – Means and Ways LP
[DBR-V013] Afrikan Sciences – Boss Nova’s Second Pass
[DBR-V018] Theta Wave Brain Sync LP
[DBR-V022] AYBEE/Afrikan Sciences – Sketches Of Space 2xLP
[DBR-V032] Afrikan Sciences – Reciprocity EP

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Damon Bell

Damon Bell (Photo by Marie Staggat)

We travel through music, we speak through music, our ancestors communicate through sound and rhythm…it’s the in betweens, the details and the mistakes…the polyrhythms, that’s where the juice is…the life in the music. – Damon Bell

Damon Bell, Chief Connoisseur at heralded Deepblak Recordings stands strong offering a complex variety of sounds that ebb, and flow through all of his productions. Known for his polyrhythmic, organic, and soul-filled musical releases on Deepblak Recordings, Sound Of Speed Records Japan and Do Over Records, Damon’s ability as a DJ to expose crowds to sounds that touch all genres of music is his hallmark.

Originally from San Diego, raised under the influences of music representing the African Diaspora, Damon’s love of Reggae, Brazilian, African, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz, Punk-Rock, and Soul all pay major roles in Damon’s trajectory as a DJ/Producer. A true connoisseur of music Damon was a child of the 70’s who experienced the cross-cultures of the 80’s which began his life long love affair with collecting vinyl into the 90’s.

Bell (aka D^Bo!) began record collecting and DJ’ing at age sixteen, playing Jazz, Salsa, Funk, and Hip Hop at the famed night Brass (Delicious Vinyl) at San Diego Supper Club, Ole’ Madrid. This along with his deep passion for music led him to learn to play the polyrhythms he heard in Afro-Cuban Jazz, and Jazz Fusion…he soon began to imitate those sounds by playing percussion, and wind instruments.

“DJ’ing is just an extension of my love and relationship with music”, states Bell.

In 2011 Bell released his critically acclaimed Kush Musik Wax on Deepblak, featuring the unversally championed song “Ezuku”. A stirring rhythm of African drums, chopped guitar, and dance-hall vocals, sprinkled with a touch of techno.

In 2012 Bell released a rare 10” under his alias, D^Bo!, on LA based DO Over Records, “JAM”(DOVR004) soon to be followed by his NOMMO EP (DBR-V015) which featured “Pathways n Mindframes” which again further exposed his productions into other realms heavy championed by choice selectors worldwide.

Damon has performed, and toured with artists & groups; Jazzanova, Bobby Matos, Femi Kuti, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, The Roots, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Platinum Pied Pipers, Bugz in the Attic, Nortec Collective, Antibalas, Ron Trent and Saul Williams to mention a few.

After a hugely successful performance at the Deepblak Label Night in Berlin, Damon is set to release Teph-Tep, a new EP on Deepblak, leading into his first long player, Blues For The Lybian, set for September 2014 release on Deepblak Recordings.

Bell also holds two all vinyl residencies in San Francisco @ The Make Out Room “Loose Joints!” and in Oakland @ Room389, “Music From Our World For You!”

Releases:

[DBR-D024] Damon Bell – Kush Musik pt.1
[DBR-D028] Damon Bell – Kush Musik pt.2
[DBR-V009] Damon Bell – Kush Musik Wax
[DBR-V015] Damon Bell – Nommo EP
[DBR-V017] Damon Bell – H.I.M EP
[DBR-V021] Damon Bell – Teph-Tep EP
[DBR-V025] Damon Bell – Blues For The Lybian LP

MIXES

Damon Bell Deepblak Mix Fall 2013
Damon Bell Steel SOund Mix | Ninja Tune 2014
Damon Bell | Deepblak Label Night Paris 2016

Octo Octa

After releasing some of most stunning House tunes of the last few years Brooklyn based producer Octo Octa (aka Maya Bouldry-Morrison) has built a reputable following. With a stunning knack for rich grooves, and melodies it was also the emotion of Morrison’s productions that led Deepblak’s AYBEE to his work. Releasing on labels such as 100% Silk, Argot, and Running Back Morrison’s productions have a intricacy, and sophistication that tends to linger on the ear. All while never forsaking the ever present groove.

Buy: Crosstalk Intl. (US) | Juno (EU)

DFLN

DFLN

There’s an under spoken, peaceful quality about DFLN (Dreams From Last Nite), and his musical talent reinforces this. Having gained the attention of everyone from Flying Lotus to 9th Wonder, DFLN (aka Derrick Curtis) continues build bridges over the walls of genre with a unique synthesis of everything that seems to be pleasant to the ear. A native of North Carolina DEFLON’s multi-instrumentalist culmination of Jazz, Soul, Experimental, and Electric vibrations continue to yield some of the freshest sounds that we have heard in recent time.

Two Thou

Two Thou

We’re not in the 2000 that last century’s
art and science promised. – Two Thou

Two Thou – Choral Drums EP | Coming…

Bro Aten

Chris McWayne, also known as artist Brother Aten is a lyricist and electronic producer currently based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Brother Aten’s style is a blend of otherworldly sounds capes and subtly complex rhythms in direct correspondence to the creative space that serves as inspiration for each concept. The name Brother Aten is a dedication to the memory of a fictitious character and the music is reflective of the world in which that character lived.

Releases:

[DBR-V019] Bro Aten – Heatuyu EP