The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be


The debut album from Akabu is a retrospective yet futuristic delivery from Dave Lee, inspired by over 20 years in dance music's history and touching on live instrumentation, contemporary sounds and dexterous electronic craftsmanship. Akabu is the deep house pseudonym of British DJ/producer/remixer Dave Lee, who has released under a plethora of other monikers, including Joey Negro, Jakatta, Doug Willis, Raven Maize, The Sunburst Band, Sessomatto, and Z Factor. Dave was one of the first artists to incorporate disco samples in house music when he began his production career in 1990. Fast forward 20 years and little has changed -- Dave is still experimenting with new techniques, taking inspiration from new artists and using this knowledge of the past in new, original creations. The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be is an ode to an inert love of electronica, "I wanted to call on the first wave of deep, warm, acidic house like Marshall Jefferson and Larry Heard as an influence, combined with some of the contemporary stuff I like such as Carl Craig, Jimpster, Martin Buttrich," explains Dave. Revisiting the sound of some of his first productions back in the late '80s, such as "Ride The Storm" and "Phuture Bound," whose Âme remix took the track to a new level, Akabu's The Phuture Ain't What It Used To Be explores the electrifying analog sounds of Dave Lee. The album features collaborations with Norway's Boomclap Bachelors on "You Want It All" which has been supported by everyone from Gilles Peterson and Ewan Pearson to Groove Armada and Laurent Garnier. André Lodemann gets involved on the cinematic "Another World" while Johnny Dangerous aka Foremost Poets adds his quirky vocals to "Crystalized." Incognito front-man Tony Momrelle features on the beautiful, deep Stevie Wonder-ish "Life Is So Strange," Paris-based Canadian blues singer Tanya Michelle features on "Behind The Mask" and Joel Edwards guests on the title track. Expect this album to appeal to lovers of more musical house music, those who want a modern-sounding CD that stands up at home or in the car as well as on the dancefloor.