Selections: Bell Curve
Bell Curve is a DJ, producer and co-founder of Worst Behavior Recs — a previous DJ Mag Vital Label and nominee at our Best of North America awards. Alongside an expanding gig schedule, the past few years have seen her own output evolve and become more frequent. 2021’s ‘Unstable Orbit’ — her debut album — was a collection of cosmic oddities that drew from jungle, grime, electro and more to create brief forays into dancefloor and ambient regions. Her ‘Obelisk’ EP, released earlier this year on Berlin-based SSPB, offered ultra-sparse cuts built from abstract percussion and deep, enveloping bass, and in mid-November she arrived on LA’s Dome Of Doom with her second album ‘Deep End’.
Delving further into the murky space between club material and home-listening, it’s a fascinating record. The weighty low-end and undulating rhythms throughout draw heavily from dancehall, but reconfigure the style into obscure forms. Many highlights are vocal tracks, like the light-and-dark of ‘Activate’ featuring Tra$h Magnolia, the hypnotic ‘Sea Grass’ with Manchester MC Fox, and woozy single ‘Type (Meltdown)’, which places recent Moveltraxx signee Chiara Noriko front and centre. It’s the album of an artist who’s really honed in on her sound, and all its weird and wonderful intricacies. Here, Bell Curve shares an equally individual selection of tracks.