Jacques BonDawning Light
Burning spheres aside, Bon draws inspiration from his past in Paris, where he slung records at Daphonics and started the label, Smallville with Pantha Du Prince, and his current life in Hamburg, where he frequently helms the legendary decks at Golden Pudel. Both cities and their scenes offer crucial cues for Bon’s productions across Dawning Light and past releases for Smallville and Mule Musiq.
Beginning with licks from his Juno 106, filtered through the glide of a TB303 and foundational fits of his Roland drum arsenal, Bon embraces simplicity in setup to allow for maximum melody. Opening track “Island” assembles the palette of Dawning Light, infusing the EP with a warm glow. “We Are” twinkles like the first blinks of awakening, dusting away night’s sleep with golden beams trickled onto tangled bed sheets.
“Aurora” evokes the first rush of the refreshed energy, shaking off yesterday and centering the mind, body, and soul to power through the hours. The record’s title track bounces with youthful optimism, a fitting end for the four-tracker’s mission of morning praise.
Each 12″ on Beats in Space Records features original artwork in considerate and serial form. Andrew Kuo’s prismatic painting holds Dawning Light in good polychromatic company, the geometric colors soft-coded entry point for Bon’s music.