Part 2. - Feeling Dizzie
There is a memory that stays with me for its potency - it’s inclusion necessary to give context to the narrative arc. One night while working late on some edits I went to the communal studio kitchen to fill up the kettle for a cup of tea. Standing there I overheard Dizzie’s ‘I Luv U’ being constructed in the neighbouring studio, a lightweight breeze block wall the only thing between me and the future. I stood and listened for some time, closed the lid and returned to our studio. Listening back to our track, I couldn’t help but think it sounded so parochial in comparison. I hoped we would survive the blast.
If I could archive a phone call, and draw it from my ever fading memory bank, I would file a call I made to Chris Williams, close friend and kindred spirit, when I held the phone (attached to a cord) to the speaker and played him Keep On, mid construction. We both felt the explicit serendipity of the moment and he spoke of goosebumps. A few months later this song was the first release on Above the Clouds Recordings, a label that Chris and his partner-in-crime Matt Tarr had launched. The artist/label relationship with them was good vibes and the track has always been a close bond for us. The same can’t be said elsewhere though. We were talking to major labels too, and these were meaningful conversations, the progression was good but there was always a sticking point - we were a London based production duo making beats that transcended our location, creating songs with a Long Beach native who lived in Harlesden, London. At that time, where you were from and thus the streets you represented meant a lot and Aphs nomadic tendencies proved to be a mental block for those that we dealt with at the labels. They really couldn’t get their heads around it.
It was this and some other extenuating circumstances that finally led to Aphletik throwing in the towel. You couldn’t blame him really, with that level of resistance we were constantly being held hostage to a one-step-forward-two-steps-back shuffle. With all our eggs in one basket this led to, not only the end of the project but the eventual wind down of Bone Idols. To this day that work exists on hard drives (included in the box of course) and for the sake of posterity and celebration on a digital platform near you.
The last beat I started in 2006 sampled Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Yes, You’. The unresolved nature of this beat felt like a singular representation of the body of work we recorded for the Aphletik album. This is why I recently decided to finish it as a homage to that time, to close the book - the final act. It sounds like a tune from that period (even earlier to be honest!). I’ve made no efforts to update the style of the sounds and Kapoo provides a vocal that recalls an era from the past, further placing the song in a time and place. The song is called YOU.
Recording this has helped me finally draw a line under the project and ultimately that period of my life. The Aphletik album will never be finished but I can put it away in a box and seal it.
Start something else.
Dan Canyon / Autumn 2019