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
Prescription/Future Vision label mates AYBEE and Trinidadian Deep join forces to continue setting the pace for all that is deep. A peerless slice of futuristic deepness Contact announces the arrival of a new definition of the deep/electronic dance experience.
Feeling this groove 100%, the artwork is excellent as well. The cut is deeper than daniel day-lewis drilling for oil in 19th century mid-west and captures the essence of a well crafted deep house track with many layers being brought together impeccably. Good job. – Mickey Blanco (Visions UK)
(DBR-D018) Written and Produced by A. Bazile (BMI) and Trinidadian Deep © Deepblak Recordings 2008.
V/A – Deepblak presents BLAKTROPOLIS
In the not so Distant Future these are the sounds of BLAKTROPOLIS the city of Soul and Sound
Freshest shit this year, off the meter!
Yes I. Dope shit as usual!. Love especially the Aybee rmx of Dozie.
– Enrico (isoul8) Archive/Neroli
The DOZIE I have been playing for months on the show – KILLS me everytime, so much soul, emotion, feeling in the delivery ! Its been a big favourite of mine in 2008.
– Mickey Blanco (Visions UK)
The 3-track teaser I got sounds dope again: the very dark, futuristic and industrial ‘Solaris’ venturing in the techno/IDM space is my absolute favorite. This would fit just perfect with those fly-by scenes of Blade Runner! There’s also a great Aybee remix for Dozie’s soulful vocals on ‘Sensuality’, and the experimental breaks of Afrikan Sciences in ‘A Decision’. My ears are eager to hear more!
– Lensco (Beyondjazz.net)
Just when I thought I had heard everything, along comes a disc out of nowhere to truly mess my head up. The music I’m referring to is Blaktropolis Vol 1 from Deepblak recordings. This compilation features futuristic soul in an array of styles from house, spiritual jazz, tribal and broken beat that will have you asking yourself, “Where did these guys come from?”
– Reg Dancy, 10/08 (Basic Soul, UK)
(DBR-D020) Various Artists (P)+ © Deepblak Recordings 2008. All Rights Reserved
In the Headspace | July 2008
Blaktroniks – Mechanized Soul LP (Rubaiyat)
AYBEE and Trinidadian Deep – Contact (cdr)
6th Burough Project – Just A Memory (L.E.S.S. Productions)
Incognito – Freedom To love (Heads Up Intl.)
Inverse Cinematics – Detroit Jazzin (Pulver)
Afrikan Sciences – Thresh (cdr)
Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel (Warp)
AYBEE and Erik Rico – Music (cdr)
Jazz Liberators – U Do Feat. Stacy Epps (Kif recordings)
Outkast – Liberation (La Face)
Swing Out Sister – After Hours (Polygram)
George Benson and Earl Klugh – Mimosa (Warner Bros.)
Simbad – Oblique Suga Slow Mowgly Remix
In The Headspace March 2008
Trinidadian Deep – Yoruba Path (Cdr)
Reel People ft. Tony Momrelle – It Will Be (Papa)
Dozie- Sensuality (Aybee’s Midnite Creep) (Cdr)
Jose James – Spirits Above (Simbad Remix) (Brownswood)
Afefe Iku – Mirror Dance (Yoruba)
Bassdrumrocker (Jazztech Overdrive)- Karl Moestl (Defusion)
Ram Jam – Black Betty
Seal – Still Love Remains (WB)
Nibiru Projekt – We (Deepblak CDR)
George Benson & Earl Klugh – Collaboration (WB)
Dave Valetin – Sidra’s Valetin (GRP)
Erik Rico – Space Age (Lifenotes)
Brisa – 10,000 Miles Away (Nitegrooves)