91 Fellows – Terrapin Skydome

Technically not a mixtape, Terrapin Skydome is the new project by Pursuit Grooves under the name of 91 Fellows. The new moniker came about as a tribute to her late grandfather and explores a more emotional, atmospheric side of her music.

This original composition is the soundtrack to a fictious short film Terrapin Skydome and was made for Australian website A Colourful Storm instead of an ordinary mixtape. In late July, a first release under the new name can be expected on Aybee’s Deepblak label. After hearing this, you’ll be as excited as we are!

o1o – Bread and Circuses EP

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Oakland’s Aybee is back with a new EP under the o1o moniker. On Bread and Circuses he keeps it deep, but with a different twist than the music on the East Oakland Space Program album from earlier this year.

Not sure how to describe the music best. It’s not house or techno, this is definitely more hip-hop influenced. The third track features vocals from Malena Perez, you might remember it from the video I mentioned before on Twitter.01. The Meeting
02. Moonstalk
03. Refuge feat. Malena Perez
04. Release The Kraken

You can listen to two of the tracks in full-length on the Deepblak SoundCloud. Or get your copy directly from the label.

Erik Rico

I think I first mentioned Erik Rico on this blog in my review of Blacktropolis Vol. 1, a compilation of deep techno and electronic soul music. Well, as much as I like that release, it doesn’t show the man’s full potential. This video might change this!

I remember Erik being sighted in 4hero‘s studio not too long ago, I’m most excited to find out what they’ve been up to.

Anyway, this should remind you that if you read the name Erik Rico on a flyer in your town – go check him out!

Deepblak wishes a Merry Christmas

Oakland’s Deepblak label delivered its fine debut compilation Blaktropolis Volume 1 earlier this year, a nice set of future jazz music, deep techno and hip hop.

So, today it’s Christmas. A Merry Christmas from Deepblak! To celebrate the occasion, the free download Jingle Bells, as interpreted by o1o is now available.

Deepblak presents Blaktropolis Volume 1

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Deepblak has been stirring up the scene recently with its though soulful and deep, also dark, futuristic, even industrial sound. Playing a healthy mixture of jazz, techno and hip hop, Aybee gathered his label-mates Erik Rico, Afrikan Sciences, Black Jazz Consortium, o1o, Trinidadian Deep, Blaktroniks, Xaphryn Follicle, Dozie and Mattski to put out the labels first compilation. The first impression? It’s an fantastic compilation, has a very black feeling to it, and it keeps reminding me a lot of Volcov‘s Soul in Motion from 2002. It fuses the sounds of Detroit (think Drexciya, Titonton Duvanté, Underground Resistance and even Waajeed) with the darker parts West London (think Nu Era, Domu or Nubian Mindz). Did I mention it’s an fantastic compilation?

In the not so Distant Future…

Welcome to BLAKTROPOLIS. The future capital city of Earth where Music is the principal form of communication, and energy. The residents of BLAKTROPOLIS work in tandem at the Central Core of the City producing Rhythms, and Harmony that serve as the sole balancing force of life on Earth. In the middle of the 21’st century humanity fell victim to the Great Sterilization. World leaders removed all Soul from music in an attempt to solidify their control of the minds of men. After decades of war the resistance was able to overcome the forces of darkness, and once again awaken humanities creative energies. These are the sounds of BLAKTROPOLIS the city of Soul and Sound…

The compilation starts with a melancholic hip hop track from Xaphryn Follicle, going in a similiar direction as the Reset EP from Flying Lotus. Next up are Blaktronics, making me believe I’m listening to a new Spacek track, beats and voices have a lot in common. Martin Luther King opens the dark and soulful Something Called Love, bending the direction to what’s to follow.. electronic sounds! It’s a mellow broken beat-ish track, again rich of both soul and techno, voted by Volcov as his favorite track: Sensuality from Dozie, remixed by Aybee. Following a deep journey by BJC is Afrikan Sciences who’s draggin the direction of sound to the dancefloor. Heavily broken jazz drums over deep chords and vocals, can best be compared with anything Nubian Mindz.01. Xaphryn Follicle – Valentina
02. Blaktroniks – Where
03. Mattski – Something Called Love
04. Dozie – Sensuality (AYBEE’s Midnite Creep)
05. Black Jazz Consortium – Forward Elevation
06. Erik Rico – Faster
07. Afrikan Sciences – A Decision
08. AYBEE – Solaris
09. Tangle Eyes – Out The Bag
10. Trinidadian Deep – Track II
11. o1o – Overcome
12. AYBEE – Akiara

So, I could go on saying deep, mellow, dark, soulfulBlaktropolis keeps following those patterns and there’s not one tune I dislike. I tend to say that I prefer the release towards its end, but I get proved otherwise once I’m back at the beginning. It’s a bit sad the cover-artwork isn’t of a high standard, but it’s a young label and the music will surely get attention from young designers aswell. I’m looking forward to anything Deepblak has in the pipeline!

This video features all the tracks from the compilation, if you want to listen to more before you purchase the album as digital release (MP3 or Wave). Also recommend is the the selection of mixtapes from Deepblak‘s website. Physical availability of the album has not yet been mentioned there.