Tag archives: AYBEE

[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.

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

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

S.A.T | AYBEE joins Jerome Sydenham & Ron Trent for collaborative LP on Ibadan

Sydenham AYBEE Trent - S.A.T

A simple dinner in Berlin transforms into a studio session, which in turn evolves into a track, which sets the spark for what has now materialized as one of the most highly anticipated albums of late. These were the forces which turned a casual evening into an artistic crossroads for Jerome Sydenham (Ibadan Records), AYBEE (Deepblak Recordings), and Ron Trent (Prescription/Future Vision Records).

S.A.T short for Sydenham AYBEE, and Trent brings together the creative energies of three of underground dance music’s notable stalwarts. Jerome Sydenham long since etched into dance music history with his iconic NY based Ibadan Records responsible for some of the most memorable tunes of the last 20 years from a list of Kerri Chandler, Joe Claussell, Dennis Ferrer and many many others. Ron Trent another legendary icon whom’s distinguished discography spans 20 plus years, and whose Prescription label also sits atop the pantheon of dance music’s most esteemed imprints. AYBEE a Trent discovery in 2001 has since gone on to establish himself as one of the most critically acclaimed, and forward pushing producers of the last plus decade with his Deepblak imprint producing a genre defiant, labeless sound that continues break new ground in the electronic spectrum.

With the mood in Jerome Sydenham’s Berlin studio loose, and organic the trio set out to produce an album full of the elements they love about the dance-floor experience. After three weeks of literally living in the studio the S.A.T album has emerged.


[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.