John Dimas – One Against Time (ELM1111)
Greek artist John Dimas is to release his debut album, One Against Time, in February 2018. It is a an accomplished 14-track journey into the cosmic mind of one of minimal house and techno’s most cherished underground producers.
Dimas has been on the radar of those who know for nearly ten years now. His fluid grooves, minimal intricacies and ability to coax unusual rhythms from his deft sound designs has won him fans with heady DJs and connoisseur dancers alike. They come on labels like Taverna Tracks, Raum… Musik, One Records, and Metereze and have been long sought after. As a DJ, he has played cult venues like fabric, DC10, and Hoppetosse and Renate in Berlin, and now runs his own respected label, Elephant Moon. It’s a place for his own work and to demonstrate his A&R skills, and now his subtle style and dexterous studio skills result in this essential and arresting new album.
“Time is the most precious commodity we have. Everyone wishes they had more of it and we are all racing against it – even though in reality, as far as we know, time only exists on Earth where we have the consciousness to experience it.
The cover artwork is actually an original collage I created from some of the retro sci-fi books I own. The tracks on the album all reflect my personal journey on this planet. Ups and downs, all different but still with a common theme and each piece represents a moment in my life and demonstrates all the influences I have had musically from hip hop, to drum’n’bass and breaks and then all the way from ambient to techno. My inspiration comes from mix of NYC hip-hop from the 90’s, UK garage, ambient and trip hop, Chicago and Detroit techno and electro, and also the minimal sounds of Berlin.
Included in some of the vinyl is a print of my original collage artwork as a gift to those who buy the record.
I will release the album digitally two months after the vinyl hits the streets and in this digital release I will include few tracks that are already on the vinyl release, plus a few new ones that will be exclusive to the digital release as bonus tracks
Starting off slow and spaced out, otherworldly synths and alien details colour the spacious grooves on tracks like ‘Into My Mind’ and ‘Digital Moon’. ‘Riko’s Trip’ then slows things down to an ambient tinged crawl before quick and slick groovers like ‘Delusions’ carry you away to the stars.
Punchy, icy minimal like ‘Legoland’ and thumping peak time deep techno like ‘One Against Time’ show off this producer’s great range and killer drum programming ability, while cuts like the electro tinged ‘Flying Asteroids’ are intense rides through a busy galaxy. ‘Space Tastes Lonely’ resets the mood with swirling pads and abstract spacecraft sounds and things close out with the gloopy and liquid minimalism of ‘Cosmic Epiphany’, the urgent breaks of ‘SiKret Universe’ and the silky microhouse of ‘Out of My Mind’.
All in all this is a brilliantly coherent album that takes you deep into Dimas’ world. It’s a place where infectious little grooves and cerebral sonic details conjure occult atmospheres that leave the real world far behind.
Artist: John Dimas
Title: One Against Time (LP 3×12”)
Label: Elephant Moon
Ref #Cat: elm1111
Release Vinyl: Mid-Feb 2018
Release Digital : Mid-March 2018 (inc. unreleased 12”/ versions)
01 In To My Mind
02 Digital Moon
03 Riko’s Trip
06 One Against Time
08 Flying Asteroids
09 Lost & Found
10 Space Tastes Lonely
12 Cosmic Epiphany
13 SiKret Universe
14 Out Of My Mind
W&P by John Dimas, Mixed at W55 Studios, Collage By John Dimas
SA 20|01 John Dimas @ Ground Club. Stage & Radio | Manchester (uk)
FR 13|04 John Dimas @ One Against Time Album Tour. Veniceberg | Verona (it)