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Ikonika - Bodies
Ikonika
Bodies
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
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"What do you do when the body has been through trauma? What do you do with a new body? How do you drive it?
I want to reconnect my mind to the body. I don't know whose body this is anymore. How do I rebuild my physical strength when I'm so tired? How do I accept this body and care for it?
I want to love my body. I want to accept it." (Ikonika, 2020)
Minos - Sorry I'm Late
Minos
Sorry I'm Late
12" | 2020 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,79 €* 11,99 € -10%
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Dublin's Minos makes his debut on DBA with a rich spread of rollers covering the techno and electro diaspora backed by a Claude Young remix. His influences are techno, IDM and metal, from Downwards to Jeff Mills and Drexciya via Slayer. Originally from a live music background, he was converted to techno after hearing Mills play at the now sadly defunct Twisted Pepper in Dublin, and the Sorry I'm Late EP will leaves little doubt that it's Detroit's own brand of high energy, sci-fi sounding techno that inspires his work.
Minos has steadily been making moves in Dublin's fertile underground scene for the past few years as both a DJ and producer. He first released music as Urizen on BRW Records and is a part of Dublin collective wherethetimegoes with a number of other local artists. Never one for sticking to the same method, his production setup utilises both analogue gear and software to create music that continues to build on techno's history while looking to the future.
Claude Young Jr. is universally acknowledged as one of the most respected producers and djs to come from the legendary home of techno, Detroit. His best known studio mixes include: AX-033 Claude Young 'Thoughts Of Phutura' (the only official mix compilation for Jeff Mills' Axis Records) and his legendary Claude Young DJ-Kicks Mix for K7!
Rroxymore - Face To Phase
Rroxymore
Face To Phase
LP | 2019 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
20,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
rRoxymore's long-anticipated debut album, Face To Phase, was born of her annual creative hibernation practice. Whereas her previous appearances for Don't Be Afraid - Thoughts Of An Introvert, Parts 1 & 2 - revealed inner worlds of saturated colour and natural expressiveness, she retreated into her studio at the turn of winter 2018 occupied with the idea of dismantling the dancefloor-centric pressure paradigm.
The resulting album, Face to Phase, finds rRoxymore methodically and mindfully stripping back to fundamentals: rumbling minimalist dub, sparse polymetric drums, boldy unpredictable melodic narratives and subtleties which hover out-of-reach or disappear into vapour. Forged by the spirit of club music cultures, Face To Phase favours deep listening; resisting the temptation to reflect on the past or project towards the future, it's an album that is firmly rooted in the contemporary.
Sparked by her own archive of field recordings, and produced primarily but not exclusively in the box, Face To Phase adds several facets to rRoxymore's already wide repertoire. The pensive and beatless opener "Home Is Where The Music Is" was inspired by her longtime friend Planningtorock, while "Forward Flamingo" is a spiraling dream-state of house music dissociation; elsewhere "Energy Points" remains anchored to the ocean floor, radiating heavy dub waves, "Passages" is a ghoulish skeleton of UK break beats, "What's The Plan" closes the album in a blissfully blunted fashion, while twisting, shape-shifting rhythms push and pulse "PPS21" into series of ever-evolving shapes and forms.
Through and in between the eight songs of Face To Phase, rRoxymore fortifies her status as a seasoned artist, grounded by over a decade of live performance and touring, collaboration, composition and experimentation. With a new live performance collaboration with a percussionist set to debut the LP at Atonal on 1st September, rRoxymore is primed to expand her reputation even further as one of the most vital and distinctive artists on the fringes of contemporary club culture.
Tyler Dancer - 62 Miles High
Tyler Dancer
62 Miles High
12" | 2019 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,39 €* 11,99 € -5%
Release:2019 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Following his 2017 solo debut EP, "Resisting in the Darkness", Tyler Dancer takes a step toward the light in his second outing for DBA, "62 Miles High". Written in Hasselt, Belgium, "62 Miles High" finds the Shake-collaborator drawing upon his Detroit and Midwest influences to reveal another page from his sonic journey.
Neville Watson - The Midnight Orchard
Neville Watson
The Midnight Orchard
LP | 2018 | UK | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
16,24 €* 24,99 € -35%
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Neville Watson returns to DBA with The Midnight Orchard, his first full-length in five years. Watson is a key figure on the electronic music scene at large and has made regular appearances on Don't Be Afraid, as well as on celebrated imprints such as Creme Organization, Clone and Rush Hour, where he released some of his best-known work alongside Kink.
Brassfoot - Indentured Servitude
Brassfoot
Indentured Servitude
12" | 2018 | UK | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Brassfoot makes his DBA debut following a number of appearances at the DBA Presents parties. Since breaking through with his Apron EP on Funkineven's world-leading label in 2015, Brassfoot has turned heads with releases on UTTU, Paul Du Lac's Bio Rhythm, and his own seminal NCA Recordings. On the Indentured Servitude EP Brassfoot showcases his own unique stepping house and techno flavour across six tracks, with time to meditate and reflect between the party-starting peak timers also included.
V.A. - Dba039.5
V.A.
Dba039.5
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
DBA's .5 series returns with another timely set of beats aimed squarely at the dance floor. General Ludd, fresh from the success of their recent outing on Rubadub, set the tone with Owl, a broken techno slammer guaranteed to form the apex of any set. Next up Herva makes a welcome return to DBA this time alongside Mass Prod, with Constructive Pessimism which mines a deft groove from start to finish offering maximum potential to escort revellers politely into outer space. On the flipside Eotrax alumna and Berlin luminary Nene H comes correct with гетто which starts hard and ends harder, one for the hard dance revisionists but formed of razor sharp, carefully honed production chops. Finally London hero Altered Natives supplies what can only be described as an anthem in the making with Dancing Girl, which has featured already in the sets of DJs like rRoxymore throughout the summer.
Wheelman - Signal
Wheelman
Signal
10" | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
12,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Glasgow's Wheelman provides the tenth iteration of DBA's Dubs series, following a series of high profile releases on Huntleys & Palmers, Studio Barnhus, and his own Stereotone label. Signal is Wheelman's most ambitious effort to date, its searing amen stabs and deep sub bass guaranteed to wreck any club, while floating pads and crystalline strings add a bittersweet moment of rave nostalgia to the breakdown.
On the flip, in line with the DBA Dubs concept of pairing a house track from an up and coming UK producer with a remix by an established techno name from across the pond, Detroit In Effect provide a cold, bleep-drenched take which raises the tempo of Wheelman's original to an almost breakneck speed. D.I.E, also known as Cybonix, were prolific throughout the late 90s and early 00s on their own M.A.P. label and more recently on Rotterdam's Clone.
To coincide with the release of the tenth edition in the DBA Dubs series the label are also making all ten original tracks available as a digital package, while all ten of the remixes from the series get their own bundle, with Wheelman and Basic Soul Unit providing a megamix of each edition respectively.
Doubt - Bad Plans
Doubt
Bad Plans
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Following a standout appearance on DVS1's Mistress label with his 'Just Pain' track, the man from Minneapolis, Doubt, returns to Don't Be Afraid for the first time since 2014's Poor Dog EP. In the interim he has continued to record on Disposable Commodities under the Doubt moniker, whilst also exploring experimental and ambient sound under the name Time Heals Nothing.
For his most inclusive outing to date, Doubt mines the outer limits of minimal house music whilst still maintaining the vibe of alienation and melancholy that characterises his work. The mood of April is euphoric and carefree but dig deeper and the fragile beauty also suggests an impending and ominous apocalypse. What is Happening and Samusex counterbalance the a-side's brief suggestion of joy with a mood closer to Doubt's previous work. The title track meanwhile recalls the work of labels like Ifach and Trelik with a swinging, stripped down dub sound.
MGUN - Axiom
MGUN
Axiom
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
23,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
MGUN, or Manuel Gonzales to his friends, has long been a fixture artist for DBA. Since making his UK debut on the label in 2012, having already featured on Detroit's celebrated Wild Oats imprint, he has smoothly yet slowly progressed through the presses of fellow dance music tastemakers Third Ear Recordings and Kiev's Wicked Bass. Following 2016's warmly received 'Gentium', 'Axiom' finds Manuel Gonzales back on DBA with an index of offbeat jams that couldn't have emerged from the mind or studio of any other producer.
Once more envisioned and engineered in his native city of Detroit, the record finds MGUN in more auspicious and domestic circumstances. Now firmly a father and a homeowner, 'Axiom' allows Gonzales to flex his party muscle, while further pushing the elastic boundaries of his notoriously unpredictable and brilliantly raw production style. Across twelve tracks, listeners are offered an unpredictable trip into the restlessly experimental snatches of studio time Gonzales is afforded away from his day job at the legendary People's Records store. It's here that Gonzales absorbs endless releases and rediscoveries passing through the stock, trading the occasional tip with some of Detroit's best known producers.
Beginning with the off-kilter funk of 'You Inside Me', 'Axiom' expertly toes the line between full-bodied, soulful club weapons ('You're Never Home', 'Nichrome'), and the sort of lo-fi tinged jams that enable Gonzales's unusual weirder hooks and rhythms to extend into something altogether more hypnotic and psychedelic ('Kartwheel', 'Sil').
There are new sounds and approaches throughout. Centrepiece track 'See It For Myself' finds Gonzales on vocal duties for the first time, and the dystopian tinted 'Vap' finds his sound expanding into weightless, dreamlike electro. And while certain tracks date back years, having slowly matured to full funk, others, such as the gloriously unhinged '359' were rapidly produced to capture the inspiring energy of a late-night Glaswegian rave.
Simply put, 'Axiom' does the work of representing MGUN at his musical best; an analogue celebration of pure party potential.
Rroxymore - Thoughts Of An Introvert, Pt. 2
Rroxymore
Thoughts Of An Introvert, Pt. 2
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
rRoxymore returns with the latest instalment in her Thoughts of an Introvert series. The first part, which hit stores in 2017, was born out of introspection and a yearning for solitude. Tracks like 'Prodrome,' which refers to symptoms indicating the early onset of an illness, seemed to reflect a global weariness, a head-nodding, late night search for comfort and respite. On part 2 though, a new energy is evident in the tracks.
'This Is Not What You Think' shrugs and fizzes with resilience, it feels like a maniacal, primal release from frustration and anguish. 'Run… Feet' finds an even more optimistic, upbeat bounce, not far from the stomping house euphoria of her first outing for DBA, Organ Smith, but with the newfound confidence of an artist who is pushing both technology and style to the outer limits. 'Mythical Technology', meanwhile, is a dancefloor-ready paean to techno's own futurist manifesto.
Jayson Wynters - Industrial Espionage
Jayson Wynters
Industrial Espionage
12" | 2018 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Birmingham's Jayson Wynters makes his second outing for Don't Be Afraid in under a year with four earth-shaking rollers from his Digbeth laboratory.
Across four tracks Wynters neatly surveys the state of the underground house and techno union in the UK and beyond, taking in the stepping, broken rhythms of Beta (Version), the dancefloor annihilation of One Hundred N Forty, and the frantic, Midwest rollage of Into The Void, before concluding on an optimistic note with The Kansei Method.
Also look out for Wynters' Café Artum project which launches in Birmingham soon, bringing a much needed hub for vinyl to the city thanks to last year's successful fundraiser.
Ikonika - Oral Suspension
Ikonika
Oral Suspension
10" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
9,34 €* 10,99 € -15%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
For the 9th instalment in DBA's Dubs series Ikonika and Big Strick square off head to head, following the Hyperdub artist's genre-defying Distractions LP earlier this year. Oral Suspension is an instrumental which switches rough-shod between a UK halfstep crunch and a Hoop Dreams era Chicago bounce. On the flip Big Strick brings his characteristic smooth groove to the table for the remix, which, though laidback, is nevertheless bound to energise the dancers.
Evading the ubiquitous pigeonholes, Ikonika has variously been known for her dubstep innovations, her uk funky experiments on Hum and Buzz and her post-urban sketches for Hyperdub. Meanwhile though an interest in techno and specifically the sounds of the Midwest have underpinned her work.
Karen Gwyer - Rembo - The Remixes
Karen Gwyer
Rembo - The Remixes
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
11,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Karen Gwyer's indomitable Rembo LP receives remixes from four producers at the cutting edge of house and techno, Via App, Ron Morelli, E. Myers and M/R. Vinyl only, no digital. Artwork by Karen Gwyer.
TR One - A Month Has Passed
TR One
A Month Has Passed
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Tr One return with 4 very different tracks recorded in one take at their studio in the Irish southeast. 'A Month Has Passed' uses a dubbed out aesthetic merging influences from UK bass and Detroit using shimmering melodic progression. 'The Boutique Of Never Ending Dreams' works towards a synth laden dreamlike peak. 'The Printer' duly merges playful Chicago drums with an organic chord structure to create a head nodding funk. Finishing the EP is 'Road To The Sea', a pensive sway of dubby sonics masked in a fog of reverb.

Tr One are an established name in the Irish electronic music community and are known for their energetic and engaging performances as DJs. They have received critical acclaim for the raw soulful productions from their studio in hometown Carlow, Ireland. They have gained respect for their ability to deftly move between the lines of genres with a strong sense of adventure and connection with Detroit/Chicago/Dublin machine soul. From this they have released music on Lunar Disko, Apartment and Fine Art recordings, with the strains of the US Midwest never far from sonic influence. They have worked in a range of styles from old movie soundtrack disco with New Jackson to punishing techno sharing wax space with the Phantom Planet Outlaws.
Rroxymore - Thoughts Of An Introvert Part 1
Rroxymore
Thoughts Of An Introvert Part 1
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The new EP by rRoxymore signals another audacious step forward for one of the most daring artists in the electronic music diaspora. 'Thoughts Of An Introvert Part 1' is born out of introspection, out of the necessity to disconnect from the frenzy of crowds and to create a soundtrack to an inner landscape which exists beyond the reach of government and dogma. In the words of the artist, "it is a sonic diary of sorts, cataloguing the events of a world which has not yet been invented, in the form of three mesmerizing dance tracks free of nostalgia and the expectations of style."

The spatial afro futurist funk of 'Prodrome' finds rRoxymore balancing darkness and optimism as only she can. The title track, 'Thoughts Of An Introvert' is instantly familiar and carries a soothing utopian spirit, so needed today. Mycetozoa, the closing track is bouncing, drum driven and mad, a celebration of rRoxymore's complex musical mind, offset by irresistibly banging toms and rolling rimshot patterns. It is a track which is at once melancholic, happy, vulnerable, and full of hope. Everything seems possible on the dancefloor this music was written for.
Tyler Dancer - Resisting In The Darkness
Tyler Dancer
Resisting In The Darkness
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Fresh from collaborating with Anthony 'Shake' Shakir on their remix of Funkadelic for the 'Reworked By Detroiters' LP, Tyler Dancer makes his full solo debut for Don't Be Afraid. The 'Resisting In The Darkness' EP sees the arrival of a major new talent from America's Midwest and the first outing for a unique new voice in techno. Counting Shake, Legowelt, Marty Bonds and Jay Denham amongst those who have inspired and encouraged him, Tyler Dancer brings a deep feeling for the history and technique inherent in the music of Detroit and Chicago to his productions.

Tyler Dancer is a DJ, producer, and musician hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a student at the University of Michigan (2005-2009) he became a DJ and Training Director at WCBN FM in Ann Arbor. Known amongst the listenership & colleagues for pushing the boundaries of rock based freeform sets, Dancer gained a positive reputation for his unique historical approach to sets at house parties, dance battles, and local clubs with a focus on Detroit Techno & Chicago House alongside the music that inspired those movements. In 2014 he made the acquaintance of Manuel Gonzales aka MGUN (DBA/Wild Oats) who inspired Dancer to begin sharing his love for electronic music live and publicly under the duo's collaborative guise, 'Club Creeps'. They made their debut during the 2016 Movement Festival and continue to play live sets to this day.
Jason Fine - Moonscapes
Jason Fine
Moonscapes
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
FXHE affiliate Jason Fine makes his full DBA debut with the Moonscapes EP after remixing Typesun for the DBA Dubs series.
Karen Gwyer - Rembo
Karen Gwyer
Rembo
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
17,84 €* 20,99 € -15%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Karen Gwyer returns to cement her reputation as one of the most individual and daring voices in dance music with 'Rembo', her first full LP for Don't Be Afraid.
Jayson Wynters - Double Standards Ep
Jayson Wynters
Double Standards Ep
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
10,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
After debuting on Mr. G's Phoenix G imprint in 2016 with the Unfamiliar Territory EP, Jayson Wynters makes an appearance on DBA for this, his second release, backed by a Kowton remix.
Jayson Wynters is a DJ that is able to combine many genres in one set and make it work. Wynters was first known as a garage MC in Birmingham, before rising to prominence in the city's underground radio and club scene, where he showcased an impressive knowledge of rare groove and house music. As he got older his taste for music began to mature, his collection began to grow, and he soon began to DJ. Using music as an outlet for expression, whether in the form of DJing or having fun on some drum machines and synths, is one of the most defining features to Wynters. He continues to fuel his passion by keeping an eye on the future rather than the past and striving to remain different.
Semtek - Four Dubs Ep
Semtek
Four Dubs Ep
12" | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
9,89 €* 10,99 € -10%
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Semtek returns to Don't Be Afraid label for the first time in five years with four tracks strictly for the DJs.
Differ-ent (DJ Bone) - It's Good To Be Differ-ent
Differ-ent (DJ Bone)
It's Good To Be Differ-ent
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Don't Be Afraid)
24,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
DJ Bone is Differ-Ent.

But then again, he always has been. A pioneer DJ and producer hailing from Detroit, whose technical skills are perhaps only equalled by the upper echelons of the city's most advanced techno trailblazers, he's nonetheless forged a path only of his own. Eschewing commercial expectations, scene pressures and anything other than his own exquisite taste, Bone has earned a vital, dedicated audience while remaining comfortably and individually underground.

Despite his stellar reputation, Bone's recent studio activities have steered him towards a new, altogether more personal direction. In late 2015, Differ-Ent's arrival on Don't Be Afraid with the 'Differ-Ent(Hrall)' EP paved the way for its follow-up, 'M.O.M.:' both were forceful slabs of psychedelic outsider techno, with the latter taking on a tangible emotional resonance as it honoured the memory of Bone's late mother. 'M.O.M.' quickly became one of the label's best celebrated and widely played releases. Bone, typically self-sufficient and known to turn down remixes for huge clubbing brands, was impressed by the Bristol label's honesty and persistence. As he continued to rock parties internationally, Bone set to work on an LP embracing his deeper, darker and more cerebral side.

Not that 'It's Good To Be Differ-Ent has found Bone veering away from the dancefloor. "It's like, the natural vibe for me is always going to be funky", admits Bone. "It's going to swing, it's going to have that element of soul. But the Differ-Ent vibe is almost angrier. Determined, perhaps is a better word. I would typically just go to the studio when I had an idea. To the point where I say, 'OK, I'm going to do something, I'm going to make it happen.' But the process for Differ-Ent...it's kinda methodical. It's borderline predictable. But the thing that makes it Different is that it could go any which way at any given time. And it can be harder edged usually, or it can go in a soundtrack direction."

Film plays a significant influence on the landscape of Differ-Ent, with the record's more melodic flourishes sometimes designed to evoke the doubtlessly imaginative chase sequences swimming around Bone's mind. If Bone's usual movements are 'Do The Right Thing', his Spike Lee joint, then in his own words, 'It's Good To Be Differ-Ent' is his tribute to Paul Verhoven's 'RoboCop'.

"The only way I think the album evolved differently was the electro stuff", recalls Bone. "I was excited about that. Because that was a different type of electro as well. It wasn't a normal, 80s funk kinda electro. It completely separates you. It's still for the dancefloor, but it's almost as if it shakes you to dance, rather than coaxes you."

'It's Good To Be Differ-Ent' certainly feels powerful, mastering a mix of Drexicyan tones and drums that align more with a newer wave of house and techno experimentalists. Many of these, from Hodge to Ø/Phase, have been an influence on Differ-Ent, all sharing what Bone describes as a unique affinity with "creepy shit." It's his thunderous, occasionally paranoid but overwhelmingly positive contribution to a forward thinking European scene he has come to relate to on a par with his native Detroit.
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