Sonar Circle – Unreleased and Remastered

If you’re like me and your love for nineties drum & bass music was re-ignited by those many jungle footwork releases (e.g. Phillip D. Kick or the Pseudogeddon compilation), here’s something to take note of. As reported the other day, we were speculating about the words accompanying that new Dominic Stanton track and the answer didn’t take long. Following two compilations of unreleased music on his former TrebleO label, here comes another collection of unreleased Sonar Circle tracks including two brand-new tracks.

Unreleased and Remastered” is available now for a minimum price of ₤4 on the Sonar’s Ghost Bandcamp page.

Sonar’s Ghost – Future Shock

I’ve heard rumours for some time, but as of today it’s official: Dominic Stanton (Domu, Sonar Circle et al) is back at making music for the first time since his “retirement” in 2009. The Two Hungry Ghosts have released an exclusive stream of an Amen-driven drum & bass tune sampling the Orson Welles-narrated Future Shock. The liner notes on SoundCloud mention the words “advance stream” and “more info to follow”, so I’m very excited on their meaning.

Domu – Something Old (Daedelus’ Pacifically Juked)

2003’s Impending Doom saw a rather unlikely collaboration with broken beat veteran Dominic Stanton, and I say “unlikely” for I believe not many fans of Daedelus were familiar with the names of Domu or Umod. I guess requesting two remixes from an artist already shows a lot of appreciation, but today -nine years later- Daedelus pays back with a remix of one Something Old.

There’s a lot of regret in the liner notes for the track, I guess it really meant a lot to the Los Angeles-based Alfred Darlington to return the favour. And who knows, maybe this (once again) raises the awareness for a very underrated artist of the last decade.

Well, I like the outcome and I think it works really well. If you think so too, you can download the tune here or there.

Domu – Unreleased, Alternate Versions and Demos

It’s been more than two years now since Dominic Stanton decided to leave his music career behind. Having released music under the names of Domu, Sonar Circle, Umod, Bakura and many others, the Bedford-based DJ and producer was unmatched in terms of quality and quantity in the short-lived brokenbeat scene.

About a year ago, 60 unreleased tracks surfaced on the internet and as if that wasn’t enough there are plenty more as of today. Only recently, the folks at Two Hungry Ghosts uploaded these tracks for your listening pleasure.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do. If that’s the case, head over to the original post and leave some feedback!

“Umod 2”

Alright, you clicked on the link, now you must be all excited. And there’s a good reason for it, as here are a couple of unreleased Domu tracks for you to download. Just don’t get overexcited, there are no plans for comeback, these are just some leftovers Domu wanted to share.

Dominic Stanton

For those that don’t know, Umod has been Dominic Stanton’s moniker for his more hip-hop paced productions. He had an album out on Sonar Kollektiv in 2004, a personal favourite of mine since day one. The tracks below are alternate versions and some demos that never made it on a proper release – and chances are it will stay this way.

Amazing Maze
deadlock demo
EDNA domu beat
Jello Yack
2001leprechauns demo
Lonely People
Maxine 1
Miracle Fish
Omega Supreme V2
Robin Instr 2
Robin Instr 4
Serene Sister
Sing a Song
Warrior Princess
The Real Real Thing

If you haven’t been familiar with music from Umod (or even Domu), this is a great way to get you started. All thanks go to Mr. Beatnick, who got these tracks from the man himself. Big up!

March 12, 2011 As Lay-far pointed out in the comments, these are only a few of the unreleased tracks that surfaced. You can the rest over here!

Mixtape Monday, Tuesday Edition

Alright, so it’s Tuesday already, but I don’t think you’d want to wait another week for a proper Mixtape Monday.

I’ve been waiting a long time for a new Isolée album. Now that it’s finally out, he’s been doing some mixes to spread the word. Like the all new Resident Advisor podcast or the guestmix for Beats in Space from some weeks back.

Speaking of Beats in Space, I also have to recommend their latest show which features this guestmix by DMX Krew.

I wonder sometimes why some blogs refuse to set trackbacks. They’re not only the foundation on which all social networking is based on, they’re also a great way to discover great related content. Like these mixtapes by Domu that just surfaced. Whether previously unreleased or not, you already know he’s one of the best DJs in recent years.

More recommended mixes include the all new URB podcast put together by Lukid, Nocow’s guest mix for Gimme5, or this minimix by Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Update The new XLR8R podcast just came in and it was put together by another favourite of ours: London based producer Oriol – don’t sleep!

Domu – Lost Edits

Domu - Lost Edits

Cover Artwork

This compilation was released by KJM’s Especial label released in Japan in September, but I’m sure there are more Domu fans who have missed this.

As the name already suggests, the CD contains some of Domu’s edits which he probably created for personal use mainly. Somebody must have convinced the retired broken beat veteran to share them with the world and if you’re into disco and funk, you should definitely check them out.01. Claudja Barry – Give It Up (Domu edit)
02. Roy Ayers – Land Of Fruit & Honey (Domu edit)
03. Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Band – Shadow Dancing (Domu edit)
04. Pleasure – We Have So Much (Domu edit)
05. The Crusaders – Sweet ‘N’ Sour (Domu edit)
06. Pleasure – Let’s Dance (Domu edit)
07. Earth, Wind & Fire – Let Your Feelings Show (Domu edit)
08. Takanaka – Funky Hola Hola Bird (Domu edit)

If you’re in Europe, it might be the easiest to get a copy from Juno. However, importing directly from Japan comes often at the same price (or slightly cheaper) and gets delivered within 24 hours.

Weekly Bits 34/2010

While I’m not a big fan of the music, the artwork for Skream’s new album Outside the Box is truly remarkable. A nice feature by September Industry.

London’s Mr. Beatnick is back with his follow-up to his Broken Beat Essentials article, just this time he focuses on the great Theo Parrish.

Andrew Meza has posted another gem from the BTS Radio archives, making Domu‘s set from February 2005 available for download!

R&S has a limited repress of James Blake’s CMYK 12-inch on transparent yellow vinyl, be quick if you missed it the first time around.

Dutch director Ramon Gieling has shot a Great Lengths short movie about Martyn‘s deceased father, a prominent football player in the Netherlands.

I got two more videos for you: Aloe Blacc‘s acoustic version of Politician on KEXP, and Danny Krivit talking about The Art of the Edit.

Oh, and just because I feel bad not having posted this 9-hours mixtape by 2000F & J Kamata, I will do so now.

Domu Website Mixes

Between 2004 and 2006, Dominic Stanton, best known as Domu, posted a bunch of mixtapes on his now defunct website.

Known as one of the most versatile DJs, Domu’s mixes were always a much sought after download, ranging from as many different genres as broken beat, jazz, funk, hip-hip, drum&bass or house.

Domu © Jan T. Sott

It’s a pity he decided to erase all traces from the internet when he called it The End. Luckily I still have most of the mixes from his website, if not all of them.

September 2003
November 2003
December 2003

February 2004
May 2004
June 2004
July 2004
August 2004
September 2004
December 2004
Live at Nouveau Casino
Live in San Francisco

February 2005
August 2005
November 2005
December 2005: Fusion Special
Funk Mix
Back from Tour 2005
Reinforced Mix

February 2006
March 2006
April 2006
June 2006: Back from Tour 2006
July 2006: When I’m Feelin’ Down…
The Patrick Forge Cosmic Jam
Reinforced Mix II

There are, of course, many more mixtapes from Domu circulating on the internet, think of his substitution for Benji B or his own show on BBC Radio 1xtra.

Well, I’m not looking for any trouble with the BBC – plus I think these will keep you busy for a couple of weeks!

Feb 2nd, 2011 You will find three more -supposedly unreleased- mixes over at This Mix What I Done

Greymatter – We Are One

A true banger comes from the man called Greymatter. His debut album Mind Over Matter will be out in mid-February on Unique Uncut, a first teaser is this cooperation with Domu.

On the flipside comes another track with Domu, both of them will be available starting tomorrow. The digital release has been spotted on Soul Seduction and Juno. Will there be a physical release? I can’t answer this yet, but sure hope so!

The Domu Good-bye

On a Sunday in November, shortly after lunch hour in Europe, the internet seemed to hold its breath for a second. Then, like swarm of insects, the noise started filling the wires again. It was November 14th, 2009, when Dominic Stanton, better known as Domu, announced his good-bye from music making. I suffered long and hard before I could express some words about it. Today, I’m sharing my little Domu story with you.

By the end of the nineties, I’ve become a true drum & bass head and labels like Reinforced or Moving Shadow were among the ones to look out for. Still, I couldn’t tell when I first came across Sonar Circle, the moniker Domu was using at the time. However, I do remember when I first heard Message to Omar when it came out on Archive in 2000. It was only the second 12-inch under the name of Domu and I got myself a copy as it came out on one of the hottest labels at the time. Archive also released Body Electric, a song that is the perfect blueprint of the many other tracks and remixes to come.

If it’s not those scattered snares, then it was definitely that warm synthesizer that won my heart and made me become  a vivid collector of most Domu releases to come. And that wasn’t always an easy task, if you look at that long list of remixes alone. By adding the names Umod and Zoltar to his portfolio, or collaborations like Rima, Kudu, Bakura and  Yotoko (just to name a few!), digging for anything Dominic Stanton had become a sport of its own. But when it comes to sports, there is no limit to my ambition.

Domu – Cold Feet
Domu – Repercussions
Volcov & Paradox – No Europe (Domu remix)

Though I don’t want to be put in the situation to choose my favourites, the years 2001/02 were certainly my favourite period of Domu’s career. For King Britt’s Scuba project he layed down the devastating Give It All remix, for Big Bang he created the percussion-galore called Pressure. 2000black put out the massive Save It, a track written by label-founder Dego and featuring his longtime-collaborator Face on vocals. The track features some of the most bizarre, yet funniest lyrics I have ever heard. It became an instant favourite. In the same period, Domu created the masterpieces One Last Look and his remix of Rednose Distrikt’s NY Boom.

In 2004, Domu surprised his fans with a change in style. For the Japanese market only, the Discotech mini-album was released, while the rest of the world only got an EP with four of the tracks. Discotech was Domu walking in the footsteps of Moodymann and Theo Parrish, his homage to the city of Detroit and its music. Around the same time, Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label unleashed the Umod project. Another name, another sound – well, almost. Think of all your favourite Domu ingredients and use them to create a hip-hop album: Enter the Umod. For me this record not only meant a new kind of music, it also had one of the best cover artworks,  and in Rest With You I found my favourite tune that year. In some odd way it can be regarded as a precursor to the quirky instrumental hip-hop that is not so uncommon anymore these days.

Douglas Pagan – Kara Walker Variation 32 (Domu remix)
Domu – The Long Way Up
Hajime Yoshizawa – Keep It Moving (Domu remix)

Between 2003 and 2006, it not only became more difficult to track down all the remixes under various Dominic Stanton aliases, but it was also the time when my wallet was constantly starving. Domu released more remixes than ever, including some for comparably “big” labels like Ninja Tune, Sonar Kollektiv, Grand Central or Especial.

So, while most of my favourite Domu records were put out in that period of 2001/02, there are two of his later releases which I count to my absolute favourites. First comes his post-Rogue 12-inch Dangerous Times and second his remix of Ben Westbeech’s So Good Today. Incidentally, these were also the last two Domu records I have added to my collection until the Springbreak EP came out last year.

The first DJ set I heard from Domu was the Co-op Easter Spesh 2005, which was aired on Benji B’s Deviation show. Only a few months later, on one of my annual trips to London, I came to witness my hero for the first time at a party at Cargo.  Wow! Simply one of the best DJs I have ever heard and fortunately not for the last time. I’m sure many will agree without ever having been to a party with him on the line-up. There was a time when Domu recorded a new mixtape every month. On these, he not only proved his skill to smash dancefloors around the world, but also established a reputation as one of the most versatile and knowledgable DJs on the planet.

Now, having told my story, at least a small portion of it, what do I think about him quitting? It’s quite really, I respect his decision, in fact I think I can say that I understand it as well. If you have been following his (highly enjoyable) blog for a while, you might agree that his decision was somehow foreseeable. To me Domu seemed fed up with making music for a long time, even though it might have appeared like a temporary low at first. I think you can even hear it in his last music from the last year. While it still had an undeniable Domu touch, it also seemed worn out, something that doesn’t surprise you anymore. At least I stopped buying any of his music all of a sudden.

There is this video from 2007, in which Arision label founder Simone Serritella (aka Big Bang) is having a conversation with Domu. When I first watched it, I didn’t take further notice. In retrospective, however, it can be interpreted differently: Could it be that Domu had been thinking about an end for quite some time already?

So, I don’t want to deny there is some sadness to the story. But I’d rather see a self-respectful Domu who knows when to pull the plug, than get tired of one of my idols and eventually turn my back on him. In the video above, he mentions writing would be something he’d love to do and I think that’s great idea! His blog posts were something to look forward, well written and highly entertaining. But whatever he chooses to do, don’t worry about his music – it’s a rich legacy and it’s here to stay!

Whether you haven’t heard about Domu before or you just want to go nostalgic, there were a bunch of radioshows and podcasts paying tribute. So far I have only listened to Moonstarr’s Future Classic Radio and the Beyondjazz Domu ’99-’01 Tribute Mix. Both are focusing on Domu’s early period, hence I can recommend them both. More tributes come from Urban Landscapes Radio, Just A Groove, DJ Offbeat and Beane the Noodler. And Cubikmusik has an exclusive mix from Domu, in which he plays some of the music that influenced him. Make sure you read the anecdotes to each of the tracks he’s playing.

If you want to catch up on Domu’s music, Thru Thought’s One Offs, Remixes and B-Sides is a good way to start, the first CD contains mostly music from Domu’s early 12-inches, while the second half focuses on his later remixes. Another compilation is available on Papa Records and was compiled and mixed by Domu himself, it’s called Sounds for the Soul Volume 4. From Japanese label Especial comes Domu’s Disco Jazz Volume 1, a mixed CD that’s part of the label’s DJ Classics series.

Unfortunately, there are no more official Domu sites to link to. The TrebleO website, MySpace, SoundCloud and Facebook – all have been deleted. Thanks to various web-caches, I managed to get a copy of his final blog post, in case you want to read a second time or check out the many comments. Feel free to link to it! You are also more than welcome to share your Domu story in a comment below.

April 4, 2010 Here’s a bunch of mixtapes posted by Domu over the years

February 9, 2011 Don’t ask me how Mr Beatnick got hold of these unreleased Domu/Umod tracks, but they were meant to be shared with the world!

March 21, 2014 Following several releases under different names, the first new music officially released under the name of Domu is now available

Beane's Domu Tribute Show

Just in time for the new Domu album, Beane the Noodler has put together a 2-hour tribute show. It was broadcasted yesterday, but you can download it for a limited time.01. Domu – We run tings
02. Domu feat. Nicole Kramer – Last time
03. Umod – Puffin dance
04. Swell Session vs. Domu feat. Elsa Esmeralda – A Heart To Cover For
05. Umod – You better recognise
06. Domu feat. Nicole Kramer
07. Umod – Mezzaine (Instrumental)
08. Bukola – Hypnotise (Domu remix)
09. AC Lewis – Tickles (Domu dub)
10. 12th Floor – Get down (Domu remix)
11. Maddslinky feat. Jenna G – Something xtra (Domu remix)
12. Domu – So precious
13. Domu – The Boss
14. Domu – Springbreak
15. Only Child – I love you so (Domu remix)
16. Domu feat. Face – Save it
17. Jinadu – Turning the tide (Domu remix)
18. Broke ‘n’ English – Take it low (Domu remix)
19. Domu – Sail away with me (Instrumental)
20. Domu feat. Alexander – Won’t let it go
21. Bakura – Reach the sky
22. Rima – This world

As mentioned before, One Offs, Remixes and B-Sides will be out by the end of the month, the vinyl exclusive sampler is already available

Free AC Lewis remix from Domu

Here’s a free remix taken from Domu’s upcoming teaser for the One Offs, Remixes and B-Sides album. It will be out on 12″ next week, the full album will follow by the end of the month.

As this is only available for the first 100 downloaders, you better hurry up! Oh, and you might wanna read the accompanying post on Domu’s blog.

Weekly Bits 23/2009

In the latest addition of the Six Million Steps podcast, you will experience one of the nicest selection of Gil Scott-Heron tunes, spiced up with bridges taken from interviews with the man and life companions. A recommended download!

Juan Atkins, Detroit innovator and The Teacher of Techno speaks to Clash Music about his beginnings in productions and his upcoming live shows with the Model 500 Band.

Another mixtape from Domu is available for download on the SpaceBass blog. A forty-five minutes selection of boogie and funk tunes.

Belgian blog Laid Back has a nice trailer of a documentary called Megunica. Director Lorenzo Fonda filmed street artist BLU, who let his travels through Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Argentina inspire his unique motion graffiti style.

Another visual treat can be found on this Flickr page, where classic record covers where overworked to resemble the look of vintage Penguin Books.

Domu – Springbreak EP

Record Sleeve

Record Sleeve

To get you in the mood for Domu’s upcoming compilation One Offs, Remixes and B-Sides, Tru Thoughts is releasing the Springbreak EP on vinyl. You might have heard the title track on Domu’s SoundCloud page before, the track Something New has also been around for a while on the digital-only Wedding EP. Still, the latter one sounds different because it’s an all new mix-down. The instrumental version is also new, same goes for the remix of AC Lewis’ track Tickles.A1. Domu – Springbreak
A2. AC Lewis – Tickles (Domu Dub)
B1. Domu – Something New
B2. Domu – Something New (Instrumental)
The airplay of Springbreak already produced positive feedback from the usual taste-makers, making it a sought-after track already. Though the official release date is June 15th, you can get first copies of the EP at Juno. At the end of June, the full package will follow on double-CD.