Listen: New Deepchild LP 'Fathersong' Streaming now on Spotify
Fathersong is Rick Bull’s eighth album release under his Deepchild moniker, arriving 10 years after the former Berliner’s Neukölln Burning album (Thoughtless Music). Exploring a shimmering post-dub vista, rich in granular textures, Fathersong draws influence and inspiration from contemporaries like Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Burial and Vladislav Delay. Unshackled from the percussive undertow of previous albums, the album’s palette nonetheless displays the familiar, sensual pulse of Bull’s musical aesthetic.
Deepchild is production alias of Rick Bull, formerly Berlin-based dj, producer and sound designer, who’s dub-soaked, muscular dancefloor aesthetic has seen him perform as live in spaces spanning Berlin’s Berghain / Panoramabar, to the Sydney Opera House, Detroit “Movement” Festival, and countless club tours from Tokyo to Eastern Europe. A distinctly tensile, sensual and hauntological take on deeper techno has spawned releases and remixes for labels like Mille Plateaux, Future Classic, BBE, Leisure System, Trapez, Affin, Freerange Records and the artist’s own Seppüku Records.
Granular, noise-heavy and smeared with signature vocal fragments, Bull’s work calls forth the futurist trajectory of early 2000s micro-house and ‘clicks and cuts’ movement, welded to the insistent pulse of a dubwise, locked-groove sensibility.
Meanwhile, side projects as aliases the the dissociative and ambient “Acharné” or electro-savvy “Concubine” (with Noah Pred) have seen continued acclaim for this singularly unique artist, including nomination for a Canadian Juno Award, and performances (as Acharné) alongside luminaries like William Basinski and Jlin at Berlin’s Funkhaus for the Ableton LOOP Conference. Recent EPs on the artist’s own Seppüku Records lean heavily into conceptual exploration of the deep shadow left as ‘business techno’ has swamped pandemic dancefloors, whils social media personalities have come to drive and redefine newly aspirational, branded dancefloors, leaving complex and diverse histories buried their its wake. Where are we now? Who might this culture be called to truly serve - and how?
Deepchild work has received critical support from journals including The Wire, DJ Mag and Rolling Stone Magazine, and been remixed by a remarkable portfolio of electronica ‘legacy’ artists including Deadbeat, Luomo (aka Vladislav Delay), and KiNK. Now based in his birth country of Australia, Rick’s work has expanded organically into sound design commissions and composition for film, games, and music-software companies including Native Instruments and Arturia. A continued obsession with ambient and generative, granular music continue to inform an ever dedicated approach to sound design for body-music in strange times.
‘Fathersong’, Deepchild’s 8th studio album, is the artist's most audacious full length work to date - all but jettisoning most of the signifiers of dance music, in favor of an immersive, minimal and deeply personal exploration of dense, dissociative ambient, sound design.
Fathersong is available for Pre-order from the Phonica Records website HERE
PRE-ORDER ITEM : Expected July 22nd 2022. This item will only be shipped to you on or after the official release date. Please note any orders containing pre-order items won't be shipped until all items are available, so please order this separately to avoid delays. Please remember that release dates are at the mercy of labels, distributors, and pressing plants and will change constantly.
We are extremely lucky to have Rick joining us in DJ mode for Tempo Comodo at Club 77 on Thursday July 21st. Playing along side Annabelle Gaspar and Simon Caldwell. You can more info about the event HERE.