Damon Bell presents Blues For The Libyan
The Californian producer is set to release his debut album on Deepblak next month.
Considering the steady rising profiles and prolificacy of Aybee and Afrikan Sciences, it feels like the right time for Damon Bell to be ascending in recognition alongside his Deepblak brethren. To date Bell has accumulated a strong body of work reaching back to 2010 on the Oakland-born label he calls home, but he has also spread his wings in recent times to deliver EPs for Sound Of Speed and Meda Fury amongst others. Stylistically, he sports the traits of African-rooted beats that pivot around house tempos as is de rigeur for the Deepblak posse, albeit with a little more grounding to his rhythms compared to the broken erraticisms of his label mates.
Blues For The Libyan is Bell’s first foray into the long-playing format, and it provides him with ample space to shape out his identity with a little external input. Vocalist Khalil Anthony features on opening track “Chromosome Replacement”, having previously impressed on collaborations with Thatman Monkz for Shadeleaf Music, while Afrikan Sciences brings his wayward influence to bear on the uptempo rattle of “Lybian Ether”. You can sample the album for yourself via the SoundCloud player below.
Deepblak will release Blues For The Libyan by Damon Bell on June 1.
1. Chromosome Replacement – Feat Khalil Anthony
2. Concrete Caravan
4. Striving To Be Who We Are
5. Rhythm Meat
6. Lybian Ether – Feat Afrikan Sciences
7. Broken Feathers
8. Kampala – D^Bo Vershun