Hailing from the USA but now living in Warsaw (Poland), Donnell Knox aka D-Knox, is well known, along with Black Nation's Jay Denham for forging a tough, distinctive Kalamazoo Techno sound in the 90s. His label, Sonic Mind, has put out very coveted, underground wax that still sounds unique, extra rugged, and fresh.
Now, D-Knox is on a comeback mission with some really inspiring new material, not only on his own Sonic Mind imprint but also other labels, like 2015’s ‘Out There’ on EPM Music which featured a remix by that other US mid-western luminary, Dan Curtin.
‘Timeless Minds’ opens with D-Knox’s original version of ‘Africa Calling’, a soulful trek through layers of pads and emotive synth work. The simple, but uplifting vocal snippet gives it an organic and spiritual feel. And while the tempo is driving and quick, the overall vibe is laid back and deep.
Remixes come from Brooklyn based talent, Titonton Duvante (Metamorphic, Residual, 7th City etc), who maximizes the synth pattern to form a beautiful, reaching version, while Canada’s Rennie Foster channels his Futago Traxx and Dirty Works style to present a full on tribal, drum based mix with added vocal pieces. J Garrett, Detroit transplant, now Canada based, then goes in with a very emotional, warm, string laden take for his remix.
The EP is capped off with an alternative version from Donnell in Spiritman guise, with a totally different, but equally strong version that could be a stand-alone track, featuring a driving baseline and Detroit style string vamps.
1. AFRICA CALLING
2. AFRICA CALLING (TITONTON FLIP)
3. AFRICA CALLING (RF MIX)
4. AFRICA CALLING (J GARRETT MIX)
5. AFRICA CALLING (SPIRITMAN MIX)