Skam Records’ most elusive artist Bola returns with an enticing new album D.E.G. - the first movement from Darrell Fitton's near mythical project since his Kroungrine LP bowled us over a decade ago!!!
Returning to take his 'Krouning' place at the top of his native Northern city home's list of near mythical producers, Bola continues the tradition of offering up some of the greatest electronic music the world has ever seen, yet for one reason or another chooses to remain cloaked in mystery. Bola's re-emergence shows us all how they do it in the hills, placing him right at the top of the list of Mancunian sub-sonic scientists that roughly started with Martin Hannett and Spider Mike and runs through the other side of midnight studio sessions of Muslimgauze, Jega, Black Lodge, The Caretaker, N.M.B. Allstars, OGWL (more soon), HATE soundsystem and the present day new wave of meandyou, Willow and Turinn. Coming back after all these years though, Bola knocks all imitators of geo-techno electronic-fusion flying.
Distilling the dynamics of 2007's Kroungrine and his past involvement under the shadowy umbrella of Skam's Ae related Gescom project, D.E.G. sees the Bolaman emerging from the Bolamachine and coming down from the rain-soaked shadowy hills that run around the outskirts of Skam's Manchester base. Armed with an entirely new pallette of electronics and enlisting long-time collaborator Dennis Bourne into the dynamic fold (Bourne steps in on co-composition and performance duties for the album's Kappafects). The end result is an album ripe with an incredibly vivid vision of the future, a set of tracks that no matter how much of a gear-head you are, makes sure you ain't gonna be able to figure out what machines have sculpted these sounds.
Every element within D.E.G. sounds perfectly placed as if it has been pored over time and time again until it is absolutely ripe, and ready to be pieced into the puzzle. This nothing-less-than perfect engineering makes D.E.G. a beautifully crafted album of sci-fi shapes that sound and feel like little else coming out of the post-late ‘90s/ early ‘00s electronica cannon.
Truly great to have the Bolaman back, one of the most mysterious yet utterly enduring electronic artists of our lifetime.