BLOGGING

I Know What I Know

One of my goals was to have at least one album of original music for every year I have been making music ( excluding completions and remix LPs).

I have been making music for 37 years, so here is album 37.

Imaginatively titled – You Know My Son is A Doctor, Eh Eh!

As a proud African Dad, this line gets dropped into nearly every conversation.

My son, Dr Omotunde, also appears on 3 of the tracks playing flute.

Enjoy.

37 ALBUMS FOR 37 YEARS (1985 – 2022)

Dance, Break & Shake (Deluxe Edition)

Invisible Headphones 

24900 Miles From Home

Nomads

Playing With Fire

Rapture & Lightning (Deluxe Edition)

Electric Juju (Deluxe Edition)

Time Off For Good Behaviour (International Edition)

Do Not Erase

Afro Electro 

Afro Electro 2

Afro Electro 3

Afro Electro 4

Sweet (Deluxe Edition)

Praise The Sun

Domineeky Origin Stories

Domineeky Origin Stories 2

Domineeky Origin Stories 3

Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 1

Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 2

Good Voodoo Afro House Vol 3

Love Sex Money XL

Beats Without Borders (Deluxe Edition)

Speaking in Tongues (Deluxe Edition)

Nu Voodoo Sound

Domineeky Tribal XD

Untold Stories

On The Rise 

Foundation

Impaired Vision

Broken Systems

Hard Wired

The Cycle of Romance

Super Niche

What We Did In The Apocalypse

You Know My Son is A Doctor, Eh Eh!

Turquoise Dreams

Invisible Headphones

Way back in 2002, I made an album called Invisible Headphones. So called because when people saw me walking in the street they thought I was listening to music but it was just my music rattling around in my brain. The album got lost. Hard drives, DATs and CDs got misplaced whilst studios got disassembled, life, kids – the usual story.

Good news – The tracks have been found, so 20 years after it was supposed to be unleashed to the masses, it’s coming out.

The cover design features my original logo (pre-African face paint).

Enjoy.

DOMINEEKY INVISIBLE HEADPHONES LP

My Top 5

There are a lot of Domineeky albums (48 LPs at the last count), but which are my favourites?

Here are my top 5 LPs*.

5 – Turquoise Dreams – It’s got a live Afro-Cuban feel. It’s got a unique energy. Also, it reminds me of Cuba.

4 – Beats Without Borders – The first Tru Roots Project LP

3 – Electric Juju – The fastest one I’ve made. 5 days of writing and recording. The lyrics cover a wide range of subjects from the impact of global warming to the refugee crisis.

2 – Broken Systems – I’ve been doing the broken beat / sample cut up style for years, ever since I got my first Emu sampler in 1995 but this was the first time I had done a whole album of it. Sonically, it’s one of my favourites. The bass is so heavy that a deaf woman loved it because she could feel the vibrations.

1 – Rapture and Lightning – This is the one. It’s got a bit of everything I do. Afro-House, slow jams, club-orientated tunes and guitars. Also, the cover art is phenomenal (in my biased opinion), so good that a nightclub has put a version of it on one of their doors.

RAPTURE & LIGHTNING

*My top 5 always changes from week to week.

That Jazz Anomaly

The Turquoise Dreams LP is the jazz anomaly in my repertoire.

I went to Havana with my family, had one of the best holidays of my life. I wrote some tunes whilst I was there. Came back home, set up a music for film company, brought in some of my favourite musicians like Otis whose mesmerising guitar work features on Nomads LP and 24900 Miles From Home LP and Kev Howard on didg (who also takes most of my portraits).

The recording sessions produced well known tracks like Moneda Funk in the Green Room and The Beholder Live. The rest of the tracks remained on my hard drive for years whilst Good Voodoo Music took off and the love I received for my Domineeky Afro House tunes was amazing.

But what about the Havana inspired jazz sessions? It didn’t sound like my Afro music or the Tru Roots Project. I couldn’t come up with a name for the LP or face editing 27 Afro-Cuban jams to a coherent LP. In the end I called the album Turquoise Dreams because all the music was recorded in the Green Room Studio and whilst in Cuba, my 11-year-old son had all the holiday kids partying and drinking Blue Lemonades by the swimming pool – the blue colour was due to the shots of blue Curaçao liqueur. He only discovered it was alcoholic on the last day when a new barman arrived.

Do Not Erase

It’s a long and complicated story but I’m going back to more lyrics in my tunes. Back to how I started. Songs written on an old acoustic then fleshed out with other instruments.

I wanted to make an album that I could still perform if all the technology failed and all I had was my voice and a guitar.

There are things I want to say and sometimes a lyric is the only way.

Hard Wired

I have made another LP. this one is called Hard Wired.

It’s been described as Fela Kuti from a Future Variant and as Electric Afrobeat.

After the disruptor influences that led to the Impaired Vision and Broken Systems LPs, I felt it was necessary to re-boot myself. There are just somethings that I am hardwired to do – Make music that has a distinct Afro feel. It always seeps through, regardless of the technology – drum machines or guitars. It always sounds like me and my heritage. It is easy to spot in the grooves.