Bristol producer Ossia is set to release his first full-length early next year through Blackest Ever Black, joining an already packed release schedule. Dubbed «Devil’s Dance», the album is said to stand as “beyond-good-and-evil soundsystem poetics, channelling raw and rootical techno, Isolationist abstraction, and dub at its most turbulent and raw-nerved and space-time-warping.” A first glimpse can already be caught by listening to its fourth and fifth tracks, «Dub Hell» and «Hell Version», below.
Note that a different version of «Dub Hell» had been released earlier this year in a 10” vinyl alongside the upcoming album’s title-track, entitled «Dub Hell / Devil’s Dance», which you can listen to here and order at this location.
While this will be his first full-length as Ossia, the man under the moniker, Daniel Davies, has been a prolific name of the underground Bristol scene for quite a few years as part of the Young Echo collective, running a gamut of DIY labels amidst, but not limited to, dub, grime, dancehall, dubstep, and noise. To get an idea of his eclectic approach, two sources suggest themselves. One, this in-depth feature piece on Davies, published last year by Resident Advisor; two, his brilliant Boiler Room set, recorded in Bristol on February 2016, starting with Sun Ra‘s «Nuclear War» and which you can check below.
«Devil’s Dance» is set for release through Blackest Ever Black in digital and vinyl formats on Feburary 8, 2019. Pre-orders are available at this location. Its recording took place in the 2016-2018 period, while mixing was done by Mat Sampson, October, and Ossia at the Blink Bonk Studios, in Bristol, and mastering by Mike Grinser at Manmade, in Berlin. Guest-wise, «Devil’s Dance» will feature saxophone by Ollie More, vocals by Jasmine, and violin by Rhaki Singh. The record’s artwork was created by Studio Tape-Echo.