Category archives: podcasts/mixes

DEEPBLAK | Off The Grid [ 02 ] AFRIKAN SCIENCES

Welcome to DEEPBLAK’s podcast series “Off The Grid”. OTG was created to feature the LIVE side of performance via sets from the DEEPBLAK cast, and cohorts. No rules just the artist, their gear, and whatever trajectory they decide to explore. The expectation is to have no expectation simply ride.

OTG [02] is provided by DEEPBLAK Rhythm Czar Eric Porter aka Afrikan Sciences. With his 2nd LP “Theta Wave Brain Sync” slated for Oct. 2013 he provides us with triumphant travel piloted by his unique metronome. If you are new to Afrikan Sciences then welcome. If you are already initiated then you know the score. Hold tight as we visit the distant lands that reside deep within your mind.

DEEPBLAK | OFF The Grid 02 | AFRIKAN SCIENCES by Deepblak on Mixcloud

DEEPBLAK | Off The Grid [ 01 ] Pursuit Grooves (aka 91 Fellows)

Welcome to Deepblak’s podcast series “Off The Grid”. OTG was created to feature the LIVE side of performance via sets from the Deepblak cast, and extended fam. No rules just the artist, their gear, and whatever trajectory they decide to explore. The expectation is to have no expectation simply ride.

Our first installment comes from one of our favorite Beatsmith/MC/Video Artist’s Vanese Smith aka Pursuit Grooves/91 Fellows. When speaking of electronic or hip hop producers who have made innovative contributions to their genre, females are rarely mentioned. Whether hard to find or never exposed, Pursuit Grooves is making it her business to deliver an important message to the world…WE DO EXIST! Refusing to be defined or labeled she graciously accepts all of her influences to create something that is distinctly her own while owing much to the past.

Smith started experimenting with production at the age of 14 and started DJing in college. Pursuit Grooves released her debut instrumental CD Fun Like Passion on her own label What Rules Records in July of 2006. Pursuit Grooves was selected as one of 60 participants out of 2300 applicants to take part in the Redbull Music Academy in Barcelona, Spain in October 2008. Her subsequent releases have gone on to be championed by the like of Gilles Peterson along with labels Tectonic, and Tokyo Dawn.

In preparation for her upcoming Deepblak release as 91 Fellows Smith is the first up to bat in our Off The Grid series. 91 Fellows marks a different direction for Smith, being more focused on mood and less groove oriented. Smith creates a hypnotic world that wraps you in its unique structure capturing a mystical depth, space and time.

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Audible Colors Pre #2 | AYBEE and Afrikan Sciences (LIVE)

More Live’ness from AYBEE and Afrikan Sciences laying the foundation for our upcoming Audible Colors night. Mode=Freestyle Electric randomness…Here’s a few moments from the session.

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AYBEE | i-D Magazine Mix

Promoting stillness through sound, Deepblak Recordings is the visionary label releasing left-of-field soundscapes and entering subliminal voids with their omnipotent rhythm.

Placing an emphasis on dance-floor inspired soul, Aybee describes the paths he uses to discover new talent as “a natural evolution of musical dialogue, that takes place organically between a family of artists.” | Read full interview >

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Featured Mix | April 09 | DJ Damon Bell

px_damonFeatured Mix: DJ Damon Bell – Spring 09 Mix
The ever talented Producer/DJ/Tastemaker Damon Bell delivers a taste of the smoothness that has become synonymous with his live sets. A nice mix of tempos and grooves for the headspace.
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Playlist

I’m Still Standing – Omar
Turned On To You – Eighties Ladies
Time To Get It Together (alternate extended mix) – Marvin Gaye
Perfect Timing – Mos Def
Step To This – The Hue
Michael Wycoff – Looking Up To You
Call Me – N’Dambi
Superficial – Amp Fiddler (Moodymann Mix)
Something So Right – The Twilte Tone
The Groove I Feel – Hamilton Bohannon
Beat The Street – Sharon Redd
Track 01 7:07
Mahogany Brown – Moodymann
On A Day Like Today – Gichy Dan’s Beachwood #9
Track 05 6:11
I.C.U – Karizma
The Bottle – Gil Scott (Daz I Kue re-do) 10:15
Trip To Your Mind – Hudson People