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The Astral Walkers - Don't Fear The Sound

[NE 020] The Astral Walkers – Don’t Fear The Sound

After their first release on DEEPBLAK in 2017, Lars Bartkuhn and Aybee return as THE ASTRAL WALKERS with a brand new 12″, this time on the incomparable NEEDS (not wants) imprint. The two friends continue to break boundaries of nowadays often narrow minded dance music by using the broadest palette of musical ingredients they could possibly put together for their special studio session. DON’T FEAR THE SOUND comes in two different versions. While the ASTRAL STROLL is a spaced out groover featuring some of Aybee’s trademark rhythms and mysterious pads, the FULL EXPANSION explores in nearly 15 minutes what dance music is ideally about for the duo. A fearless journey that begins with esoteric waves of sound blending into futuristic jazzfunk worlds where the dancer can get truly lost. Elevating choirs, virtuous bass lines, sparkling guitars and lush pads altogether flow into a grand finale that can only be described as a true anthem and epic journey.

In times where one can repeatedly hear that music doesn’t really matter anymore, Aybee and Lars made a record to prove the opposite is true. DON’T FEAR THE SOUND is a sincere and bold statement by two pioneering producers and an invitation for the dancer to get lost in every note and moment of the music.

AYBEE Future Reference

[DBR-V033] AYBEE – Future Reference EP

The “Future Reference EP” see’s Deepblak label head AYBEE pushing ever forward into the outliers of electronic rhythms. Always avoiding convention “The Future Reference EP” continues to expand on the producers affinity for forward thinking dance music rooted in soul expression.

Afrikan Sciences - Reciprocity EP

[DBR-V032] Afrikan Sciences – Reciprocity EP

After shifting through a few different monikers the last year Deepblak Rhythm Czar Afrikan Sciences returns to form. Laced always with his elastic funk forward grooves the “Reciprocity” EP continues to build on his legacy. One that has consistently morphed diasporic rhythms into new colors. Creating new space on the dance-floor as well inside the mind. Four independent yet intertwined tracks all meant to make you oscillate inward outward.

Vinyl > https://www.juno.co.uk/products/afrikan-sciences-reciprocity-ep/659541-01/

Written and produced by Eric Porter.

Release date: February 5th, 2018

AYBEE and Lars Bartkuhn are The Astral Walkers

[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

Lars Bartkuhn and AYBEE at XJAZZ

Lars Bartkuhn and AYBEE form “The Astral Walkers”

A project spawned of mutual love, and respect the two met at an impromptu jam performance at the Berlin based 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.

The Astral Walkers

The Astral Walkers “Passage”

The Astral Walkers “Don’t Fear The Sound”

AYBEE

MIX /// AYBEE – Josey Rebelle’s RinseFM

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 with AYBEE

#CONTEXT with AYBEE [ 21 ] A Sampler, Drummachine, and 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, Armon Bazile by Marie Staggat

MIX /// 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

AYBEE - THE ODYSSEY

[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.