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Cat: DBA 022. Rel: 28 Sep 15
  1. Kanem-Bu Warriors (6:03)
  2. Black Oddyssey (7:05)
  3. Night Of The Purple Moon (6:03)
  4. Slowsss (3:08)
Review: Having been impressed by Ben Cohen's contribution to Don't Be Afraid's 19.5 label sampler 12", Semtek has decided to give the relative newcomer a full EP on which to showcase his talents. The Purple Moon EP is an intriguingly atmospheric affair, with Cohen delivering a trio of dancefloor workouts - plus the pleasing ambient weirdness of "Slowness" - variously influenced by classic Detroit techno, the creepiness of '80s industrial, and the snappy beats of Chicago house. The spooky throb and spacey synths of "Black Oddyssey" [sic] arguably standout, though most DJs will instinctively reach for the title track, whose cracking military percussion, clandestine textures and barely audible vocal samples make it something of a banger. Spacey techno opener "Kanem Bu Warriors" is pretty darn tasty, too.
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Cat: DBA 034. Rel: 23 Oct 17
  1. Hercobulos (8:12)
  2. Mindgrinder (5:21)
  3. Bloob (4:28)
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MOM (12")
Cat: DBA 024. Rel: 07 Dec 15
  1. MOM (10:14)
  2. The Final Driver (10:10)
Review: Bristol-based Londoner Semtek has been busy during 2015, ensuring a steady stream of releases on his Don't Be Afraid imprint. Following hyped EPs from Neville Watson, Mr Beatnick, Herva and Ben Cohen, he welcomes back DJ Bone under the Differ Ent guise. It's a sombre tone that sees the Detroit icon return too, with both these tracks produced by Bone in the immediate aftermath of his mother passing away after battling cancer. The 10-minute "MOM" is something of a throbbing, pulsating techno delight, with the Detroit veteran adding colossal organ chords and mind-altering electronics to a stomping, brain-melting groove. Bone goes deeper on similarly epic "The Final Driver", combining shuffling techno rhythms and alien electronics with warm, deep chords, and the melodic ethos of Omar-S style Detroit house.
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Cat: DBALP 002. Rel: 06 Mar 17
  1. Inhabit Tense (4:58)
  2. Marvel Less (9:33)
  3. Met Allergic Flew Antsy (9:19)
  4. Compute Her (3:43)
  5. Drum Addict (8:05)
  6. We Have U Surronded (6:45)
  7. Motive Have Shun (4:41)
  8. Fasten 8 Shun (7:08)
  9. Gem In Eyes (feat DJ Bone) (7:56)
  10. A Calm Bliss (7:47)
  11. Laser Eyes (3:37)
  12. IM Differ Ent (7:41)
Review: Detroit's DJ Bone is and always has been one of his city's most underrated producers. In fact, the man is a killer behind the decks too, mashing up house and techno with that inimitable US speed that has also been championed by the likes of DJ Rush et al. His relationship with Bristol's Don't Be Afraid has been a fruitful one of the last year or two, releasing a couple of gnarly 12"s under the Differ-ENT moniker, a sound that expands upon his comparatively more rigid techno sound. This is the debut album under the Differ-ENT alias, and we most certainly agree that It's Good To Be Differ-ENT." There isn't a dud tune on here, and for an LP that focusses primarily on the dancefloor, it manages to convey a strong narrative throughout, built with mastery and dedication by this talented artist. Tunes like "Met Allergic Flew Antsy" or "Marvel Less" are muscly and fast-paced, but there is still plenty of exploration going on at their core, while remnants of electro can be heard on tunes like "Compute Her". This is a vibrant LP, made up of many different guises and shades, all finely tuned around the dancehall, and strangely fitting with the UK's lust for the broken sound. Recommended.
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Cat: DBA 031. Rel: 21 Aug 17
  1. Amalthea (5:29)
  2. Dione (5:30)
  3. Elara (5:29)
  4. Larissa (6:27)
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Rembo Remixes
Cat: DBALP 003R. Rel: 15 Dec 17
  1. The Workers Are On Strike (Via App remix)
  2. He's Been Teaching Me To Drive (Ron Morelli remix)
  3. It's Not Worth The Bother (E Myers remix)
  4. Why Does Your Father Look So Nervous (MR remix)
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Cat: DBA 013. Rel: 28 Oct 13
  1. Finding Yourself
  2. A Thousand Years
  3. Barracuda
  4. Face Two
Review: Although Don't Be Afraid have had a busy year in 2013, adding DBA Dubs and DBA Special Editions to its label family, and issuing the Synthetes collection from Mr Beatnick, label owner Semtek has still found time to uncover some new talent in the form of unheralded Finnish producer Halvtrak. Little is known about the producer aside from a fondness for Chicago house, but the music on his debut Dust Under Bridges EP for DBA more than speaks for itself; opener "Finding Yourself" combines rumbling bass, searching chords and acidic textures in a Legowelt vein, while the frantic pace of "A Thousand Years" sounds almost UK funky-inspired. The dark melody and bubbling acid of "Barracuda" sees a return to restless sci-fi inspired melodies while "Face Two" delves into hypnotic 303 territory.
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Cat: DUB 009. Rel: 20 Nov 17
  1. Oral Suspension (5:22)
  2. Oral Suspension (Big Strick remix) (8:22)
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Carduelis (10")
Cat: DUB 008. Rel: 05 Jun 17
Deep House
  1. Carduelis (5:50)
  2. Carduelis (Differ Ent remix) (10:47)
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Cat: DBA 032. Rel: 11 Sep 17
Deep House
  1. III (6:36)
  2. IV (4:33)
  3. V (5:16)
  4. VI (4:52)
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Cat: DBA 032X. Rel: 11 Sep 17
  1. I (5:39)
  2. II (5:56)
  3. VII (3:51)
  4. VIII (5:16)
  5. IX (5:34)
  6. X (4:53)
  7. XI (5:01)
  8. XII (5:43)
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Resin EP (12")
Cat: DBA 015. Rel: 10 Mar 14
  1. Asssumptions
  2. Funkshun
  3. Migraine
  4. Flutter
  5. In The Road
  6. 90 Sumtin
Review: Since his breakout solo debut as MGUN on Wild Oats with the psychedelically charged Harmnear back in early 2012, Detroit's Manuel Gonzales has found a place for himself among the current crop of talent from the Mid West's techno capital with a prolific production rate that's seemingly too much for labels to keep up with. Operating at the more abrasive end of the techno scale, Gonzales nonetheless has exhibited a keen understanding of Detroit's music heritage across a killer run of records for Semtek's increasingly influential Don't Be Afraid, The Trilogy Tapes, Berceuse Heroique and the Third Ear label. Having most recently rubbed shoulders with Jamal Moss on Pangaea's excellent mix CD for Fabric, MGUN now graces the Don't Be Afraid label for a third time with the Resin EP. Some six tracks deep, this EP sees Gonzales occasionally dip into the experimental style taken on his Savant side project - see opener "Assumptions" which could almost be from a Minimal Wave reissue - but there is still plenty of gritty techno here for the heads, "In The Road" is particularly apocalyptic.
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Gentium (2xLP)
Cat: DBALP 001. Rel: 11 Apr 16
  1. Pok (5:08)
  2. Half Past 3 (8:30)
  3. Don't Hurt Yo Self (4:53)
  4. Past Due (9:13)
  5. Bed & Breakfast (6:02)
  6. NVR (7:08)
  7. Veyra (9:12)
  8. Nobs (3:20)
Review: Given Don't Be Afraid's long relationship with Manuel 'M Gun' Gonzales, it's pleasing to see Semtek's label releasing the Detroit producer's long-awaited debut album. Predictably, it's a fine set, containing a mix of far-out techno throbbers - the hypnotic, piano-laden alien funk of "Half Past 3", fuzzy "Past Due", and classic Derrick May revivalism of "Bed & Breakfast" - dusty electro jams (the brilliant "NVR"), and more experimental downtempo fare (see the bass-heavy, dubbed-out "Nobs" and jazzy opener "Pok"). While it arguably takes mutiple listens to really peel back the layers and get your head round Gonzalez's impressive use of textures, it's more than worth the effort. Put simply, Gentium more than delivers on its' promise.
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Synthetes (12")
Cat: DBA 005. Rel: 20 Jun 11
Deep House
  1. Synthetes
  2. Don't Walk Away From My Love
  3. Casio Romance
  4. Synthetes (Architeq remix)
Review: Ace London types Don't Be Afraid keep delivering the goods, following the crucial West Acyd Shelter update with a long overdue release from London beat scene stalwart Mr Beatnick. What really impresses upon first listen is the sheer variety in sound across the three original Beatnick productions, with the title track "Synthetes" expertly combining tight orchestral manoeuvres with dark, fuzzy low end bass. Skittering beats undulate above and a dusty groove is introduced with aplomb - just as your hips are locked a spellbinding synth flourish floats into sight. Alongside this "Don't Walk Away From My Love" is an equally rich sounding Motor City jam that constantly weaves through movements, with the final acid heavy flourish a most welcome left turn. Mr Beatnick shows off his sub bass swagger on the head nod brilliance of "Casio Romance" and there's a brilliant Architeq remix of the title track to round off a splendid twelve inch.
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Cat: DBA 021. Rel: 27 Jul 15
Deep House
  1. Stutter (5:05)
  2. Jellyfish (5:08)
  3. Formed In The Stance (5:11)
  4. Obsidian Morning (5:16)
Review: It's two years since Nick 'Mr Beatnick' Wilson released the final part of his brilliant Synthetes Trilogy on Don't Be Afraid, and a year since his similarly impressive Marshmallows 12" on Tief. As usual, he's in fine form, kicking things off with the spacey but melancholic synthesizer chords, sun-kissed electronic melodies and rolling, Italo-influenced bottom end of "Stutter". His renowned beat programming skills come to the fore on the Detroit futurism-goes-broken beat brilliance of "Jellyfish", before "Formed In The Stance" offers up a deeper, marginally darker and certainly moodier take on broken techno. Finally, he's back to his sunny, melodious best with the sparkling brilliance of "Obsidian Morning". Stellar stuff, as always.
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Cat: DBA 033. Rel: 25 Sep 17
  1. On The Rhodes (5:31)
  2. Icy (6:10)
  3. Ants In Amber (5:41)
  4. Black Cast (6:01)
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Cat: DBA 035. Rel: 06 Nov 17
  1. Prodrome (5:47)
  2. Thoughts Of An Introvert (4:48)
  3. Mycetozoa (5:27)
Played by: Neville Watson
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Cat: DBA 029. Rel: 20 Mar 17
Deep House
  1. Limetree (6:50)
  2. Repercussions (7:28)
  3. Angel (7:18)
  4. Helpline (7:20)
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Cat: DBA 036. Rel: 04 Dec 17
  1. A Month Has Passed (7:23)
  2. The Boutique Of Neverending Dreams (7:56)
  3. The Printer (That Stole My Time) (7:39)
  4. Road To The Sea (6:22)
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Cat: DUB 006. Rel: 08 Feb 16
Deep House
  1. Make It Right (6:22)
  2. Make It Right (Jason Fine Astral Travelling remix) (6:03)
Review: This release is reminiscent of the very best of 90s deep house. Luke Harney has brought together a heavyweight collaborative team here, which includes Lewis Wright on vibraphone and the seminal guitar player Miles James. It's this dynamic interplay which makes "Right" such a stand out track, as James' strutting guitar plays out over a powerful bass and jazzy key tinkling leads the listener to a spine chill-inducing break down. US producer Jason Fine has been tasked with the remix and he does a fine job, making the drums slightly heavier and adding in some eerie synths, but it's hard to beat the beautiful original track.
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Cat: DBA 030. Rel: 03 Apr 17
  1. Technological Enslavement (6:45)
  2. Double Standards (6:45)
  3. Technological Enslavement (Kowton remix) (5:21)
  4. Sonic Boxing (8:07)
Review: DJ Semtek's Don't Be Afraid Returns with more soulful Detroit inspired techno courtesy of one Jayson Wynters from Birmingham. Starting off with the emotive and classic hi-tech soul sounds of "Technological Enslavement" which gets a seething and bass heavy remix on the flip by Bristol favoutite Kowton, "Double Standards" has an evocative element abut it similar to early Carl Craig and the EP finishes in fine form on the deep and sublime "Sonic Boxing" with its layers of rich pads, dark strings and stylish sense of restraint.
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