Tag archives: AYBEE

[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

AYBEE (Guestmix) on Josey Rebelle’s RinseFM Show.

I had the pleasure of joining Josey Rebelle of RinseFM fame for her Weekly sunday ritual. Longtime admirer of her show, so when i got the request i was more than happy to participate. Short mix but i think will enjoy. – AYBEE

CONTEXT Radio #21 with AYBEE | A Sampler, Drummachine, and a Sampler

Woke this morning, and I was thinking about what to play on the Radio show. In a brief second the thought came to just go in with my sampler + 1 record, and dive off the edge. So that’s what i did. Actually brought the Sampler, Circuit, and the KP3 and one Record… The rest as they say is history. Heads up this is RAW bizness… But well worth the effort. Hope you can take the ride, and as always Enjoy! – AYBEE

CONTEXT Radio past Shows >>

AYBEE | On Sun Ra, Improvisation , and the Musicians mission.

AYBEE sits down with esteemed Chicago-based music writer and curator John Corbett to explore the deeper meaning behind Sun Ra’s work and examine the roles that improvisation and experimentation serve in times of political and social upheaval. Corbett is well placed to discuss such issues, as he’s the acclaimed author of books such as Travelling The Spaceways: Sun Ra, The Astro Black And Other Solar Myths and A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation.

http://www.electronicbeats.net/aybee-john-corbett-conversation/

AYBEE | RA Podcast 550

In the mix for RA’s 550 Podacast | Interview here.

Tracklist /
San Juan Pueblo (Tewa) Butterfly Dance
Gael Segalen – Ascension
Billy Cobham – Inner Conflicts
DFLN – Signs
Captian P. – Escapism
Pied Plat – Ode To Ede
The Bazile Republic – Brotherhood Smoke
Damon Bell – Land Of Merowe
AYBEE – We Come In Peace
AYBEE – Man Over Machine
Walt J – Reborn 1 (DJ Qu’s Journey Towards Birth Remix)
Glenn Underground – Black Action
Roy Ayers – Holiday (Kenny Dope Rmx)
Jaco Pastorious – John and Mary
Ron Trent – Hooked On Your Love

[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.

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.

[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-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.