AYBEE - The Odyssey LP [DBR​-​V030]

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The Odyssey represents a change-up for AYBEE. This newest work saw him deliberately limit his sound palette in a creative exercise that challenged him to create a full body of work from a small pre-selected library of sonic elements. While this was restricting in some aspects, the approach to – as he puts it – “throw the ingredients in a basket and cook with it later” gave him more freedom to focus on atmosphere and groove instead of putting hours into trying out different options.

While the resulting collection of tracks, bound together in sounds used yet disparate in their applications of them, may represent a more accessible AYBEE album than those prior, it still contains within it the DNA of his work with Deepblak Rhythm Czar, Afrikan Sciences – most notably in their improvised, one-take album length Miles Davis homage ‘Sketches of Space‘. That 2014 LP was closely followed by another collaboration, with Jerome Sydenham and Ron Trent as S.A.T., released on the former’s Ibadan Records and pursuing a more techno-driven sound to the polyrhythmic jazz experimentation of ‘Sketches’. Elements of both styles can be found in The Odyssey, as it moves through tempos and styles, yet the approach he has taken regarding the sounds used ensures it will forever be a unique work in his discography – quite literally nothing in his work before or since will sound like this record.

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released January 30, 2017

Written and produced by Armon Bazile for Deepblak Music (BMI)
Artwork by Grzegorz Redko

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deepblak Berlin, Germany

We are an ecosystem of Rhythm. We have been called by the name Hip-Hop, Techno, Cinematic, Soul, Experimental, Deep House, Left-Field, and Jazz but we respond to none and ALL. Founded in Oakland, CA now based in Berlin the mission endures > styles always fwd, and open with an emphasis on future dance-floor Soul. ... more

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