Renowned as one of the pioneers of the broken beat genre and the man behind many of dance music’s most mysterious pseudonyms, Dominic Stanton brings his Domu alias out of retirement to remix the new generation of talent. Nikitch & Kuna Maze’s “The Leak” is given a double dosing, with remixes under his Domu and Sonar’s Ghost monikers, alongside an ‘epic mix’ amalgamation of the two.
“The Leak/Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remix” follows on from the success of French duo – Nikitch & Kuna Maze’s first full-length album ‘Débuts’ which saw the pair win over tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson, Jamz Supernova and Laurent Garnier with their exploration between the melting point of jazz and club culture. Opening with “The Leak” (original), the track demonstrates Nikitch and Kuna’s Maze ability to effortless mesh their frantic footwork/juke influences with a contemporary broken beat sound, underlined with a breakbeat styled drum – reminiscent of Jazzanova remixes played in the early Co-Op club days.
Known for releasing under an abundance of different guises from across the electronic music spectrum, including Sonar Circle, Umod, Kaura, Yotoko and more, before his retirement Domu released his last ever album, a compilation as part of Tru Thoughts legendary ‘One-Offs, Remixes and B-Sides’ series. The album compiled the best cuts from his long and industrious career. Talking about his Domu alias, Domonic said: “With hindsight, I can see I could have kept both careers/names going, but Domu felt very much like Sonar Circle – had died – and this new mature music came from what I had learned and absorbed whilst making DnB/Jungle.”
Talking about Nikitch & Kuna Maze, he adds: “I think they are plucking from the right era of broken beat – the start, the point where the “Hold It Down (Bugz Remix)” blueprint hadn’t dominated, and experimentation was rife.” Nikitch & Kuna Maze add: “Domu is kind of a legend for us, so it’s dope that he agreed to do not one but two remixes for us. What we like about those remixes is that each track really reflects the essence of broken beat, from Domu’s remix, and the DnB for Sonar’s Ghost remix. It’s really for us the sound of the 2000ish music era in the UK, and we both love this period, and we think it’s still on point now.”
The collaboration project between musician Nicolas Morant aka Nikitch and Brussels-based producer Edouard Gilbert aka Kuna Maze began when the duo met at the Chambery Jazz Conservatory in France. Before attending university to study jazz, both artists had trained in classical music while growing up in the Lyon countryside.