As we enter the later days of Summer i put together this mix to keep the Sun flowing. Hope you enjoy! – AYBEE
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
Style?- Deep House/Experimental
Release Date – July 2015
Distributed by – Crosstalk
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)
Damon Bell pushes out a beautiful EP for London’s Meda Fury label. Receiving high marks from BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs and a long list of others as Damon continues to display his unique touch in crafting gems.
Damon Bell with a mix for one of our favorite Berlin hangouts Down By Retro!
Damon cooks a mix of Roots, and vibes for Ninja Tunes Solid Steel Radio.
Title – Teph-Tep EP
Cat# – DBR-V021
Artist – Damon Bell
Label – Deepblak
Format – 12”
Style – Deephouse
Release Date – May 2014
Distributor – Crosstalk Intl.
B1. Minds Speak
B2. Science of Love
Deepblak Chief Connoisseur Damon Bell returns with more Cali infused dance-floor vibes on his Teph-Tep EP. Smooth yet driving Teph-Tep pulls you into the center of Damon’s grooves, and textures. As with previous releases the emphasis lay in Damon’s arrangements that can power the dancefloor, and sit just as comfortably in headphones. Teph-Tep sets the stage for Damon’s forthcoming debut LP coming fall 2014 on Deepblak.
Deepblak’s Chief Connoisseur Damon Bell steps forward with his third Deepblak vinyl project the “H.I.M” ep. Damon stays true to his ethos of weaving his jazz, funk, and soul influences into deep delicacies. The H.I.M ep also sees him joining forces with Deepblak co-head Afrikan Sciences for the twisted rhythm’s of “Babylonian Spliffs”. Always sprinkled with attention to warmth, and atmosphere Damon’s rhythms have the tendency to invite. Much like his DJ sets at his now famed 389 night in Oakland his productions pull you in, and leave you to surf the groove. Leaving something always for the head, heart, and body. Deepblak is proud to bring forth this latest project from Damon as we build into his forthcoming debut Album. We hope you enjoy the ride as always.
Deepblak fILMs launches with “D I V I S I O N” a short Directed by Chief Alchemist AYBEE. Deepblak fiLMs curates original shorts written, directed, and scored by the Deepblak collective along with friends, kindred spirits. Our goal is to continue to evolve our creativity, sound, and narratives through the visual mediums.
Damon chimes in from his kitchen on samples, and inspiration for the Nommo EP.
Deepblak resident connoisseur Damon Bell returns with the “Nommo” ep. In line with his appreciation for all things deep the “Nommo” ep continues to provide Damon with a canvas to create his deephouse visions fusing funk, jazz, and soul into an intoxicating mood. This is music for the attentive listener rich in melody, and subtext. “Pathways and Mindframes” which pushes the 12 minute mark could just as easily been 3 separate tracks, but it shows off Damon’s arranging skills as he molds a long play gem. Side B includes “Black Tears” which is another deep driving tune that pulls you in while “Heru” is a beautiful jazz flip that is laced with warmth. This is deep music which finds it’s home just as easily in the headspace as it does on the dance-floor. We hope you enjoy.