DEEPBLAK Chief Connoisseur with a few choice selections.
Much to cover so i will get right to it. We are half way through Deepblak’s 10th year, and i have had little time to breathe. Here’s what we have upcoming. June 7th the “AYBEE – 11:11 EP (DBR-V007)” hits stores on vinyl. I just received the Testpress from the “o1o – A Futurespective EP (FUR009)” coming on Further Records realease date (tba). July brings Afrikan Sciences much heralded project to vinyl with the “Means and Way’s EP (DBR-V008) “ with additional remixes. In August Malena Perez and AYBEE debut as the group “Traveling Phoenix” to drop the “The Ascenion EP (DBR-D030)”. As i type i am finalizing a project with Miles Sagnia for his Atmospheric Existence Label which should be hitting stores mid-summer.
September brings Damon Bell with his “Kush Musik Wax EP (DBR-V009)” also with additional remixes. Rounding out September is the “10 Years of Deepblak CD (DBR-CD001)” celebrating some of Deepblak’s pivotal releases along with a few new gems. Deep breath…also be on the lookout for an AYBEE remix coming on Tsuba for Ethyl & Huxley ‘Reflexions’, and the long awaited Blak Punk Soundsystem (Ron Trent & AYBEE) EP on Future Vision. Ok now that i got that all out…back to work. Blessings to ALL…
Damon Bell returns with pt.2 of his much heralded Kush Musik series. Laced with
smooth engaging rhythms Damon again crafts music for multiple head-spaces. If you know Damon personally you can testify that his productions are totally in sync with his personality. Smooth, welcoming, with a subtle complexity are all things that come to mind when one thinks of Damon, and i am always perplexed as to how he manages to convey these themes consistently within his productions. We hope you enjoy. ~ a.
Written and produced by Damon Bell for Deepblak Recordings 2010.
[DBR-D029] Afrikan Sciences – Means and Ways LP >>
Much movement on the Deepblak scene in this summer of 2009. I don’t quite know where to start so here goes. The summer kicked off with the release of the AYBEE – East Oakland Space Program LP. A huge amount of gratitude to all who reached out to me about the album. Your words of appreciation, and encouragement are the currency that I cash in on my not so creative days. For me as an artist there is a profound sense of humility that comes from throwing your music into the void, and having uplifted voices come back to you.
We then followed up with releases from Blaktroniks with their SlapMatik EP, and Damon Bell with Kush Musik pt.1. I was very honored to be able to champion these cats. Blaktroniks who have been solo pioneers on the Oakland Electronic front since the mid 90’s, in many ways laid the foundation for Deepblak to be born. It was from what I saw them do that gave me inspiration to follow my voice. So for them to release on Deepblak brought things full circle, and has sparked something that I can’t quite find words for at the moment.
Damon Bell since coming to Oakland from So. Cali has been a consistent purveyor of all things Deep. I also feel very blessed to be able to play host to his solo debut, which was his Kush Musik pt.1 EP. Outside of being a solid Producer/DJ, Damon is a solid Spirit that contributes greatly the ethos of the Deepblak mission. Kush Musik has been getting great support (thanks all), so we will try and roll those vibes over into Kush Musik pt.2, which will surface around late fall.
On my front this year is turning out to be the year of the collaboration with projects underway with: Afrikan Sciences, Fred. P (Black Jazz Consortium), Erik Rico, Damon Bell, Trinidadian Deep, Malena Perez, and an EP coming on the mighty Jus-Ed’s Underground Quality label. I am very excited about the coming outputs of these projects. There will be much activity in the Deepblak Hall Of Science…
Late summer will also see the release of the o1o – Bread and Circuses LP for my Celestial Slap heads. With tons of beats and pieces. All this leads into the fall with the release of the BLAKTROPOLIS II compilation featuring new Deepblak material along with music from FAM around the globe. There’s also a new face coming into the Deepblak fold…I’ll just say two words…Aku9 (aka Lady Blaktronika). Brace yourselves for some amazing sonics coming this way this fall.
As you can see I have my work cut out for me, and there are several special treats that I will save for a later date. It will give me another excuse to connect with you. Again BIG respect for the support, and continue to spread the word. Much growth ahead and I hope that we continue to grow together.
Love | Respect | Power
Damon Bell’s Kush Musik EP getting support from heads around the Globe…
Featured Release on Stompy.com
Making the rounds on Internet Radio….
DEEPSYSTEMS SHOW # 53
Hosted by Matt Pond
Playlist | DS SHOW 16-7-09
Andres- Step Pattern (Mahogani)
Pepe Bradock- Path Of Most Resistance (Atavisme)
Roy Davis Jr- Good Life *Alton Miller Dub (Mixed Signals Music)
Owen Jay- Warm (Batti Batti)
Reggie Dokes- Chicago Pimp (Clone Loft Series)
Damon Bell- Ezuku (Deepblak)
Fish Go Deep- Final Tide *Charles Webster dub (Go Deep)
Ron Trent- How Do You Love (Future Vision)
Chez Damier & Ron Trent – Sometimes I Feel (Prescription)
Kids in The Street- Keep On Turning (Stir 15)
Anthony Nicholson- Cant Get Enough (Circular Motion)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Big BW (The Drop)
Karizma – If You Don’t Know (R2)
Sa Ra Creative Partners – Melodee N Mynor (Ubiquity)
Unknown artist (cdr)
Bibio – Sugarette (Warp)
Unknown artist (cdr)
Bibio – Fire Ant (Warp)
Jack Penante – Everything Is New (XL)
Dam Funk – Toeachizown (Stones Throw)
Floating Points – Vacuum Boogies (Eglo)
Fred Everything – Mercyless (Atjazz Remix) (Om)
Damon Bell – Ezuku (Deepblak)
Tom Trago – Lost In The Street Of NYC (Rush Hour)
Lusine – Two Dots (Reverse Engineered) (Ghostly International)
Black Jazz Consortium – Living The Dream (Black Jazz Consortium)
Story – On The Way Back (Story)
Reggie Dokes – I Wear The Mask (Clone)
Michna – Triple Chrome Dipped (Osborne Remix) (Ghostly International)
Gravious – Jupiter Jazz (Highpoint Lowlife)
2nd II None – Waterfalls (Peverlist Remix)
June – Dub Interlude (Moodgadget)
The Detroit Experiment – Think Twice (Mark E Remix) (Juno)
Peter Kruder – Coste (G-Stone)
Deepsounds | July 2009 Session
Hosted by Fred DRS
Chris Rea – Josephine (La Version Française) [Magnet]
Mike Burns – U In A Hurry?
Emanative – Illusions [Futuristica Music]
Circus – Vision (feat. l’enfant terrible) [Dope Noir]
The Clonious – One At A Time (feat. Muhsinah) [Ubiquity]
Deborah Jordan – Let Go [Futuristica Music]
Yellowtail – You Feel Me (feat. Alison Crockett) [Bagpak]
Andrés – Step Pattern [Mahogani Music]
Damon Bell – Banyana [Deepblak]
Reggie Dokes – Black Sun [Psychostasia]
Floating Points – K&G Beat [Planet Mu Records]
Juju & Jordash – Deep Blues Meanies [Dekmantel]
Atjazz & Yannah Valdevit – Info People [Development]
Pepe Bradock – Path Of Most Resistance [Atavisme]
RNDM – Third And Smoke (Dub) [Laid]
Ron Trent – How Do You Love (feat. Sonya H) [Future Vision]
A.J. Sound – Basemental [Decay]
Neville Watson – Up Yours [Clone Jack For Daze Series]
Kerri Chandler – Syntax Error [Deeply Rooted House]
Nubian Mindz – Afrika Man [Delsin]
Moritz Von Oswald Trio – Pattern 1 [Honest Jon’s Records]
l i s t e n > http://deephousemafia.org/?ac=inthemix_deepsounds_0907
Basic Soul | Playlist – 22.06.09
Hosted by Simon Harrison
Artist Title Label
He3 Project – Rapture Of The Deep [Family Groove]
Build An Ark – You Yourself Are The Key To The Universe (The Long Lost Remix) [Kindred Spirits]
Nat Birchall – Akhenaten [Gondwana]
Peter Fish – Jacqueline’s Arrival [Kindred Spirits]
Freddie Hubbard – Blues By Five (Live In Europe 1969) [Blue Note]
Cha Cha Shaw – Melted Soul [Kindred Spirits]
Paul White – Sea Life [One Handed Music]
GB – 208 Strings [CDR]
K15 – Three Years Of Heart Break [CDR]
Clutchy Hopkins Meets Lord Kenjamin – Lord Kenji [Ubiquity]
Deborah Jordan – You Could Be Here [Futuristica Music]
Noisia – Last Look [Metalheadz]
Dkay & DJ Rawfull – Sequential Circuit [Brigand]
Ernesto – (I Need A) Bassline [Exceptional]
Favorite Flava – Different Phase [Ubeat]
Moodymann feat. Nikki-O – Rectify [KDJ]
Clyde – Roll Of The Beast (Atjazz Astro Remix) [M8MC Music]
Floating Points – Truly [Eglo]
Li’ll Bo Tweak & Art Bleek – Boogie’s Gonna Get Ya [Loungin’]
Part-Time Heroes – Ready For Change (Tapper’s 4am Shut Out Mix) [Wah Wah 45s]
Yannah Valdevit & Domu – City Madness (Atjazz & Domu’s 4 The Summer Remix) [Development Music]
Damon Bell – Banyana [Deepblak]
Rainer Trueby Project – Ayers Rock [CDR]
More info: www.basic-soul.co.uk
Damon Bell – Kush Musik EP (DBR-D024) DJ Damon Bell makes his solo debut on Deepblak with his Kush Music EP. True to Damon’s aesthetic as a taste maker his productions are rich with grit, and sophistication. Kush Music’s beats speak to the ear of any listener.
WOW this is DEEEEEP!!! LOVe it – Simon Harrison (Basic-Soul UK)
Written and produced by Damon Bell for Deepblak Recordings 2009.
Cebolla – Fantasy and Fame (cdr)
Jonny Miller – Switch It (Jus Listen)
Blaktroniks – Scatter Chat (Deepblak)
Pursuit Grooves – Fear of Genetic Engineers (What Rules)
Internationational Pony – The Royal Pennekaums
Damon Bell – Ezuku (Deepblak)
Fred P. – Something Old (Soul People Music)
o1o – Moonstalk (cdr)
Akiko Kiyama – You Won’t Speak To Me
Ron Trent – Manifesto (AYBEE’s Blak Space Federation Slap) (cdr)
Kaidi Tatham – Swift Inspiration (Freedom School)
Ashford and Simpson – It Seems to Hang On
Ronnie Milsap – Any Day Now
Ron Trent – Hooked On Your Love
Imagination – Burnin Up
Jay-Z – DOA
Pursuit Grooves – Petrol Water Feeders
Wayman Tisdale – Amazing Grace
Stanley Clarke – Lisa
We travel through music, we speak through music, our ancestors communicate through sound and rhythm…it’s the in betweens, the details and the mistakes…the polyrhythms, that’s where the juice is…the life in the music. – Damon Bell
Damon Bell, Chief Connoisseur at heralded Deepblak Recordings stands strong offering a complex variety of sounds that ebb, and flow through all of his productions. Known for his polyrhythmic, organic, and soul-filled musical releases on Deepblak Recordings, Sound Of Speed Records Japan and Do Over Records, Damon’s ability as a DJ to expose crowds to sounds that touch all genres of music is his hallmark.
Originally from San Diego, raised under the influences of music representing the African Diaspora, Damon’s love of Reggae, Brazilian, African, Hip-Hop, Blues, Jazz, Punk-Rock, and Soul all pay major roles in Damon’s trajectory as a DJ/Producer. A true connoisseur of music Damon was a child of the 70’s who experienced the cross-cultures of the 80’s which began his life long love affair with collecting vinyl into the 90’s.
Bell (aka D^Bo!) began record collecting and DJ’ing at age sixteen, playing Jazz, Salsa, Funk, and Hip Hop at the famed night Brass (Delicious Vinyl) at San Diego Supper Club, Ole’ Madrid. This along with his deep passion for music led him to learn to play the polyrhythms he heard in Afro-Cuban Jazz, and Jazz Fusion…he soon began to imitate those sounds by playing percussion, and wind instruments.
“DJ’ing is just an extension of my love and relationship with music”, states Bell.
In 2011 Bell released his critically acclaimed Kush Musik Wax on Deepblak, featuring the unversally championed song “Ezuku”. A stirring rhythm of African drums, chopped guitar, and dance-hall vocals, sprinkled with a touch of techno.
In 2012 Bell released a rare 10” under his alias, D^Bo!, on LA based DO Over Records, “JAM”(DOVR004) soon to be followed by his NOMMO EP (DBR-V015) which featured “Pathways n Mindframes” which again further exposed his productions into other realms heavy championed by choice selectors worldwide.
Damon has performed, and toured with artists & groups; Jazzanova, Bobby Matos, Femi Kuti, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, The Roots, Kyoto Jazz Massive, Platinum Pied Pipers, Bugz in the Attic, Nortec Collective, Antibalas, Ron Trent and Saul Williams to mention a few.
After a hugely successful performance at the Deepblak Label Night in Berlin, Damon is set to release Teph-Tep, a new EP on Deepblak, leading into his first long player, Blues For The Lybian, set for September 2014 release on Deepblak Recordings.
Bell also holds two all vinyl residencies in San Francisco @ The Make Out Room “Loose Joints!” and in Oakland @ Room389, “Music From Our World For You!”
[DBR-D024] Damon Bell – Kush Musik pt.1
[DBR-D028] Damon Bell – Kush Musik pt.2
[DBR-V009] Damon Bell – Kush Musik Wax
[DBR-V015] Damon Bell – Nommo EP
[DBR-V017] Damon Bell – H.I.M EP
[DBR-V021] Damon Bell – Teph-Tep EP
[DBR-V025] Damon Bell – Blues For The Lybian LP