No Mercy Bad Poet is the DFA debut of Gobby. Gobby has been a DFA office favorite throughout his countless releases on respected underground labels UNO! and 1080p, in addition to his collaborations with James K as SETH and production for rapper Mykki Blanco. He has DJed at dozens of fine art events, low art events, and Chinese restaurants globally, and performed live on bills with respected underground musicians Dean Blunt and Actress.
DFA sees No Mercy Bad Poet as a collection of their favorite attributes and qualities of Gobby’s previous works. Album opener Cancer is a true banger grounded by an undulating kick drum, besieged by hissing snares, clipped vocal samples, and noodling synth. The Dishwasher features a shadowy monologue over a safari of animal samples and pummeling drums, while Anti-Meme is straight-up synthpop with pitch-shifted vocals and crunchy percussion. Album closer Romance Frog is a monumental work in three movements. It begins with tinker toy drums and modulated speech which fall away to reveal staccato piano and crooning vocals, finally culminating in what could be a lost Laurie Anderson track. But honestly – attempting to find words to describe this record is a challenge. For every sound on this record, there are dozens more that are equally exciting, unexpected, and provocative. For every brilliantly composed track, there are bound to be a dozen more. That is why DFA is proud to release No Mercy Bad Poet by Gobby, available digitally and on limited edition cassette on April 1, 2016.
Watch the video for ‘Romance Frog’, created by Elliot Kaufman.
Building upon his debut album, Soft, Berlin-based singer and producer Dan Bodan has enlisted a community of friends and underground club producers to create SOFTY SOFT, three volumes of remixes that reimagine Bodan’s original material. Volume 1 saw Draveng and CFCF offer two new visions to “Romeo”. Now, Bodan is pleased to offer a full stream of Volume 2 which contains remixes from UNO-affiliate Gobby, remix/production duo E&E, Janus Collective artists Lotic and KABLAM, as well as LA-based producer Draveng. Volume 2 will be available digitally via DFA Records on January 26th 2015.
The Soft LP is currently on sale via DFA and the imprint has teamed with Canadian cassette label 1080p to simultaneously release the album as a limited cassette edition. Stay tuned for SOFTY SOFT Volume 3 with offerings from Low Concept, CFCF, MCFERRDOG, and Howie B.
Berlin singer, songwriter and producer Dan Bodan returns to the DFA family with his new single, “Anonymous” featuring a remix from LA producer DJ Richard (available for free download below). Out today, “Anonymous” will include a video directed by Greg Fong & Keaton Ventura of K-Hole, as well as a DFA x UNO collaborative EP featuring remixes from Gobby, Kuhrye- oo and Fur.