Matt Benyayer and Tom Edwards, then also Carlo Anderson, first formed production outfit Dark Sky in 2009. Bonding over a mutual love for the ever evolving underground scene, their musical output has always been of a similar fixture, capturing various cornerstones of dance music whilst always daring to be experimental, taking a different tack with each and every record they release.
Their discography counts an array of influential labels with releases on Mister Saturday Night, 50WEAPONS, Black Acre, Tectonic and Monkeytown records, whilst regular calls from the big leagues have seen them remix the likes of The xx, Maya Jane Coles, Bombay Bicycle Club and Kelis.
The duo’s latest release, Othona, marks their second full length to date and a return to Modeselektor’s Monkeytown Records. In contrast to 2014’s Imagin, Othana sees Dark Sky abandon vocal led compositions for extended, ambient led jams that are no doubt a result of the group’s progressive move from the studio to live performance. What still remains is Dark Sky’s ability to reinvent themselves, merging contemporary techno, classic electronica and their roots in British bass music into their most accomplished work to date.
Don’t be fooled in thinking Dark Sky’s aptitude lies only in live performance, with a monthly NTS show where they showcase their love of the weird and wonderful, their crates run seriously deep. Inevitably we insisted the pair contribute to our mix series, with an hour of selections that pull from their extensive reference of the quality bass music they’ve mastered over the years.
Rafael Anton Irisarri – Displacement
Makam – Makarbar
Kareem Moser – OS2009
Cain – Kaldi
Foli Jackson – Drum Circle
Untitled – Untitled
Deena Abdelwahed – Walk On, Nothing To See Here
Peter Kruder – Xenomorph
Neinzer – The Beacon
Inwards – Monolake
Dark Sky – Keylo
Partisan Midi – Phono Abduction
Dark Sky – The Passenger
Dark Sky – ??