Julion De’Angelo - Stand On Your Square - 12" - Tone Log Jr. - TNLG05jr
Julion De’Angelo follows up his split release on Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label with his first solo release, Stand On Your Square, on Tone Log Jr.
The album opens with words by Skip Burney, a percussionist who has toured with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Miles Davis. Burney shares his thoughts on the commitment required to be part of an African drum tradition, but his words can be applied more broadly to a larger commitment to music, and even further, a wholehearted devotion to a code, an ethic, a mission. This is the message Julion is communicating throughout the entirety of Stand On Your Square: the history and severity of tradition, specifically African traditions.
Stand On Your Square Parts 1 and 2 (A and B2 respectively), reflect chaos as the norm, each track finding their peace and discipline in African rhythms differently. Sizzlean (B1) is a stripped down beat track that most directly showcases his roots as a dancer. Stand On Your Square is a fuller look at a new artist who has much more to share with us; and at its simplest reading, it compels us to move.
Julion De’Angelo is a producer and DJ originally from North Carolina and currently based in Detroit, MI. From playing the bass, cello, and drums since his preteen years, music has always been the center of Julion’s world. He’s played in bands from free jazz and metal to noise and punk. It’s this experimental sensibility and familiarity with the avant-garde that he brings to each of his musical endeavors, and specifically the dance floor. Julion’s first club experiences took place at Chapel Hill, NC's DIY club Nightlight and at FrequeNC parties. These are the places where a stronger understanding of dance music and of bodily movement began to take shape for Julion. In all of his work, there is an acute attention to the impact of vibrations on bodies, as well as the (sacred) energetic relationship that can occur between musician and listener.
Julion continues to deepen his immersion in the world of contemporary Black music following his move to Detroit. In 2017, he released a debut split-EP on Sound Signature called “Roots That Talk” with Thomas Xu, and this joint release inspired them to host a party of the same name. He has been featured locally at parties like Music Gallery, where he also engineers sound. In addition, Julion helps organize and engineer the event Black Music, with Deon Jamar. Internationally, Julion has performed at venues like E1 London, Le Sucre, and C12, alongside mentors Theo Parrish and Specter.
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