A MESSAGE | A Film by AYBEE

AYBEE has unveiled his second short film, ‘A Message’ – the follow-up to his directorial debut, ‘The Gift’, which premiered at Washington DC’s Forward electronic creative culture & new media festival in 2015 and featured appearances by Levon Vincent, Fred P and Christopher Rau.

As with the prior film, ‘A Message’ is directed and scored by the Deepblak boss himself. The nine minute dialogue-free film was shot in a mysterious Berlin location unknown to the general population. A track from the Oakland producer’s forthcoming LP, set for release in Fall 2016, is featured on the soundtrack.

‘A Message’ is dedicated to the memory of Derrick Curtis aka Dreams From Last Night, the North Carolina-based Deepblak artist who passed away in July 2016.

“The film was originally supposed to be a lead into an upcoming project, but with the sudden passing of DFLN during post production I decided to make it a dedication to him. The film involves an encounter with a gatekeeper to the other “side” in the hopes of delivering a message.” – AYBEE

A Message | A Film by AYBEE from Deepblak on Vimeo.

DFLN aka Derrick Curtis (Remembering)

Derrick Curtis DFLN

I did not want to have to write this… We should never want to write these type of things. Because in writing I felt that somehow i was letting go, and that is something I am not prepared to do.

A little more than 48hrs ago i was laughing at Derrick. Last week we had a conversation about the Roland TR8. He wanted one. I told him the thing was garbage, but he was not listening. He was like “man I am looking at these KINK videos and he’s killing it!” I was telling him yo man that’s KINK he can make a shoe-box sound good, but the TR8 is hot garbage don’t do it. You know he went and did it… 🙂

So the night before last he hits me up like “ yo man…you were right that thing is a toy!” I was like why you don’t listen to your boy tho?? What am i gonna lie to you for?? 🙂 He said he took it back. It was a normal, funny, and innocent as any other convo we had, and just like that he was gone.

There are too many waves of emotions that hit you when u go thru something like this, but disbelief is the one that is dominant. Many of you were just getting to know what we in the Deepblak circles have known for a while. That Derrick Curtis was special. When i met Derrick i had heard his music via short doc on a visual artist named Joshua Mays who at the time was living in my hometown of Oakland. The doc said music by Deflon. Upon searching his music up i was floored. It turned out he was also good friends with Maf Maddix (Bro. Aten) who was friends with Afrikan Sciences. When i got to know him he was a really really shy, and extremely humble guy. A stark contrast for someone whose music had an explosive nature to it. But i knew instantly he had “it”…he had that “thing”. His sonic world was beautiful. Full of color, depth, and narrative. Listening to his stuff was a cinematic experience.

At the time he was doing a lot of beat driven music in the LA Beat scene mode. I told him i would love to hear what his uptempo stuff sounded like. So he cooked somethings and sent them. I will never forget myself and Eric (Afrikan Sciences) sitting in Berlin listening to a batch of joints he sent over just shaking our heads. We knew….you could hear it. We knew he was going to have an impact. His melodies, his arrangement, his sense of rhythm, his production, his synth handle, his chops on the keys, it was evident. It was such an inspiration for us. And what made it particularly potent is that he was in North Carolina situated light years from any type of scene, or hype around the type of music he was creating. He was the new kid that we knew was gonna take this further than we ever could. It was the beginning of a new chapter. And that is what makes this so hard to bare. I feel as though i have witnessed a rocket taken from the launch pad before it ever took off.

I was pitching him on coming out to Berlin for a minute kick-it with Eric and myself as he was gearing up to start performing LIVE. He always had so many questions in particular about Ableton. Much of it way over my head. I would always be like man ”you need to hit Eric with that he’s the guru”. So i thought the best thing would be hands on. If we spent a few weeks in the lab together we could all collectively work it out right there. I was really looking forward to that…

But the Creator has a Masterplan…

I do not question that which is greater than myself…but i hurt in my selfishness of wanting him to remain here…

I will miss him. I will miss our convos/skypes… and most important i will miss his creations, and the joy they brought me…

He was such a humble un-assuming soul. He was limitless in my eyes, and maybe that’s why he has moved on…

Maybe his gifts are needed for greater works on higher planes…

I wanted to wake up this morning only to believe that this was indeed a “Dream From Last Nite” but it was not. Its hard to type this. I can only be grateful for crossing his path… i can only be grateful for the time i was granted with him. His journey continues… and so does his music. I will always look up to the star filled night sky, and hope that in the stillness of the moment i can hear you out there.

Safe Travels Brother

Love Respect and Power

AYBEE

SHADES of TOMORROW- DEFLON from Marquis Bradshaw 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

THE G I F T | A Film by AYBEE

THE GIFT - A Film by AYBEE

Title – THE GIFT
Cat# – DBR-FLM01
Artist – AYBEE
Label – Deepblak
Format – Film
Release Date – May 2015

“THE GIFT” is the story of a mysterious Radio, and its journey through intersecting lives. Shot in Berlin we follow the radio across the city as we learn of its power, and influence on all that cross its path. Directed by Berlin based music producer AYBEE (Armon Bazile) the film is silent, and was created to be scored LIVE in front of audiences. Done in collaboration with Berlin based photographer Marie Staggat “THE GIFT” was debuted, and scored live at the 8th annual FORWARD Fest (www.forwarddc.com) on Thursday, May 14th 2015 at the Goethe Institute in Washington DC.

Starring:

Ari
Sabrina Basten
Fred P.
Dave Aju
Matthieu La
Christopher Rau
Yuval Gross
Alland Byallo
Levon Vincent.

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

Soundtrack

[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)

Jonah Sharp (Reagenz) and AYBEE | Live at Forward D.C. 2015

Jonah Sharp and AYBEE

Here is 30 Minutes of Jonah Sharp and myself LIVE at the Forward 2015 Fest in D.C. This was beyond an honor on my part as Jonah represents a Yoda of sorts to many of us from the San Francisco Bay Area that live this music… He has been a pioneer & staple for more than 25 years, and also was the 1st person to give me the opportunity years back to perform live! So again to share the stage with him in a jam was a immense honor. Thanks David Fogel for making this happen. Here is 30mins before the recorder ran out of juice. 😉 Enjoy!

– AYBEE

[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

#CONTEXT Radio Show [01] w AYBEE

CONTEXT Radio w AYBEE

The sounds of Deepblak Recordings past, present, and future. Along with any, and everything else we are feeling. This is the inaugural show, and the time doing a radio show… The mic was a little low, and nerves high but we made it through. New music from Deflon, Octo Octa, and more…

Tracklisting

Afrikan Sciences – As Of Yet
Deflon – Signs
Afrikan Sciences – A Decision
Prof. Delacroix – Build Her
Octo Octa – Body Drift
The Bazile Republic – The Sacred Smoke
GeOlogy – Enig’Matik
Deflon – Pinball Number Count
Damon Bell – Ezuku
Afrikan Sciences – Restless Soul
Deflon – Aillio ft. Bee Ayume
AYBEE – 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!!