DBA Recommends: Slack Alice

DBA Recommends: Slack Alice Slack Alice are a Bristol based collective who have dedicated themselves to representing the confrontational, gothic strand of the city's music scene against a background of venue closures and burgeoning nationwide mediocrity. It's no mean feat. Both the spots they called home for their events, Surrey Vaults and The Brunswick, have [...] Read More »

DBA Recommends: Now Thing 2

DBA Recommends: Now Thing 2 Two decades ago the Mo’ Wax label released a compilation of instrumental dancehall tracks true to their roots in reggae and ska, with succinctly expert composition and the type of experimental engineering that draws in electronic music listeners of all persuasions. 2001 was a time just before social media became [...] Read More »

On Record: LDLDN

On Record: LDLDN When Semtek texted me and asked if I’d contribute to the DBA ‘On Record’ series, weirdly, it took about two minutes to work out the subject of my post. Why weird? I’ve always struggled when asked questions like, “What’s your favourite record ever?” But this time round it just …. clicked. It’s [...] Read More »

Lifecycles: Helena Hauff

Lifecycles: Helena Hauff For the first in a new series of features entitled Lifecycles, we hear from DJs, producers and other members of the electronic music community about their life outside the club scene and their daily routine. For the first feature Helena Hauff discusses her love of bouldering, her hometown of Hamburg and her [...] Read More »

In Conversation: PanSTARRS

In Conversation: PanSTARRS Under the guise of PANSTARRS, Youssef Abouzeid has been a fixture of Egypt’s underground music scene for almost a decade. Originally coming to prominence in 2013 with his debut EP 'Nothingness', Abouzeid has continued to adapt, shift and experiment in both defiance and deconstruction, an unpredictable artistic force in parallel with the [...] Read More »

DBA Recommends: Lifted

DBA Recommends: Lifted Lifted is a supergroup of sorts, comprising the talents of Max D, Motion Graphix and Co La at its core and in its wider orbit the contributions of Jeremy Hyman, Bass Clef and Jordan GCZ amongst others. The project debuted on Pan in 2015 with an LP that drew comparisons with artists [...] Read More »

In Conversation: Sumgii

In Conversation: Sumgii Sumgii is not an easy musician to pin down and that's no coincidence. Constantly refashioning his approach and refreshing the platforms he controls, he has nevertheless succeeded in accumulating a solid fanbase for his work who travel with him no matter what. His moves as a label head have proved prophetic since [...] Read More »

In Conversation: Mosquitoes

In Conversation: Mosquitoes Mosquitoes are a band existing in the vacuum between different styles, so deliberately that it seems unfair to describe their sound. For the benefit of the uninitiated though if you enjoy kind of music that the myriad labels they have appeared on, including the Cafe Oto affiliated Otoroku imprint, Swedish stable I [...] Read More »

In Conversation: Byron The Aquarius

In Conversation: Byron The Aquarius From humble origins growing up in America's Deep South, Byron The Aquarius is fast becoming one of the best-loved artists in house music. His releases for labels like Wild Oats, Sound Signature and Apron are a rare return in the modern era to the eccentric flair of early house, and [...] Read More »

DBA Recommends: Bass Clef

DBA Recommends: Bass Clef Bass Clef was once described to me by a friend not usually known for his generosity of spirit as a 'real artist'. In a world where everything from brazen commercialism to obscurantist noodling qualifies as art, the idea of what a 'real' artist might look like is elusive. I'm inclined to [...] Read More »