Bola

Real Name:
Darrell Fitton
Profile:
Abstract, downtempo and IDM producer from Manchester, England
Active since 1994.

The Bolamachine studio.
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Albums

SKALP 2 Soup — Bola Bola Soup (Album) Skam SKALP 2 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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33Shapes Shapes — Bola Bola Shapes (Album) 33 33Shapes UK 2000 Sell This Version
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SKALP007 Fyuti — Bola Bola Fyuti (Album) Skam SKALP007 UK 2001 Sell This Version
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SKALD015 Gnayse — Bola Bola Gnayse (Album) Skam SKALD015 UK 2004 Sell This Version
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Skalp022 Kroungrine — Bola Bola Kroungrine (Album) Skam, Skam Skalp022 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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SKALD034 D.E.G. — Bola Bola D.E.G. (Album) Skam SKALD034 UK 2017 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SKA005 1 — Bola Bola 1 Skam SKA005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
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kms002 KS — Bola Bola KS(7", Ltd) Skam kms002 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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SKA 015 Mauver — Bola Bola Mauver (EP) Skam, Skam SKA 015 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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KMAS007 Pae Paoe — Bola Bola Pae Paoe(7", Single, Ltd, Pin) Skam KMAS007 UK 2001 Sell This Version

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in_moll

in_moll

November 2, 2022
edited 3 months ago
Hmm...underrated? Maybe I'm an old head but I remember clearly in the late 90s/early 2000s he was pretty highly regarded. So much so, that I actually felt Bola was OVERrated. He wasn't a Warp "rockstar", but was always super praised (deservedly) in the idm community.

That said, I could never get into his music back in the day; there was too much interesting stuff coming out in the late 90s to want to listen to "Soup", which at the time sounded a bit generic, or like a bunch of Amber b-sides (which also felt like Autechre's least interesting album at the time). Then Bola went heavily down the staid path of incorporating obvious breakbeats/hip-hop elements which just sounded so tired and played out by the early 2000s.

Well, times and tastes change, Amber has now become my favorite Autechre album, and I love Bola's Soup (and Shapes). They def have a vibe, like Amber, which is hard to find in other albums. Very warm, open, ambient, engaging yet chill, well produced...lots of purposeful flanger and big reverb. The sound is synthy in ways other idm is not. The recordings just sound GOOD sonically. I'm glad I went back to rediscover Soup and Shapes, even if the later stuff still doesn't do it for me. Soup sounds like it could have been a Metroid Prime soundtrack.
citizengreen

citizengreen

January 12, 2022
Bola has to be one of the most underappreciated electronic artists.
sean.squatch

sean.squatch

December 30, 2020
Bola, is amazing, with each release, I continue to appreciate the depth and warmth imbued in these recordings and I am thankful.
teknologika

teknologika

November 15, 2019
Fantastic artist, one of the best in the IDM scene. Best album: Soup. Such a classic!
kapervisser

kapervisser

December 3, 2018
edited over 4 years ago
Underrated artist indeed. hhh hhh hhh hyy uuu ggg hhh
bell-end

bell-end

August 1, 2017
Under-rated,under appreciated,and clearly not understood by many.this guy should be up there with the pioneers.he is one of those rare artists who can immerse you in a world all of his own creation.in these times of flipping and over inflated prices the relatively small amount of coin which one has to part with to own his work,to me,is staggering! Grab yourself a copy of 'soup' or 'fyuti' and discover what a real bargain is!
noviellion

noviellion

August 22, 2016
Bola is one of those few authoritative figures when it comes to producing completely unique electronica like Beaumont Hannant, Atom tm, Future Sound of London, The Orb.....etc. He masters many albums for other artists so that also shows he has more of an understanding about the science of layering sounds. This reclusive fellow is making music that is absolutely far past what a person would call idm or techno. This is is our modern Moroder, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, etc. Timeless music that is so potent that it brings on a meditative state. This is music about the universe.
Labiosus

Labiosus

December 10, 2015
Is Darrell active now a days?
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carpophoreking

carpophoreking

November 22, 2014
edited over 8 years ago
Well I do say that Bola Gnayse has been tastefully licking the hairs inside my ears for weeks now. I am currently purchasing every album of his on Vinyl! Luckily for me he is one of the few artists I truly appreciate that has every album released on Vinyl! Why don't most musicians press vinyl??? Let's talk about Gnayse:

The opener "Eluus" pulled me in quicker than it let me go. The track is intricate and melodic with a hypnotic repetition of perfectly sequenced beats and FX. I didn't realize the second track "Sirasancerre" had even started until the mood changed into somber cosmic pads and glitch beats shined off each the stars. "Heirairerr" is the kind of track you might FEEL more than hear. It's as if stuck in a space station medics lab. Depressing and un-hopeful... maybe the space station might explode, like "Effanajor", the next track, which blows up with dead air and synth beats entangled with subtle melody but continues with struggling pads until you are lifted into an ethereal after-life realm of "Opanopono". Am I alive or am I dead, the feeling you get from "Opanopono", maybe hopeful, but definitely down trodden. "Pfane pt 1 and pt 2" continue on this same melodic journey with the alien-like sounds and futuristic arpeggiations accompanied with a piano with hall reverb. It gets pretty hopeful towards the end of Pt. 2. "Vhieneray" has the bouncing sound of rubber inside a glass tube. Genius! Lots of pad work here with minor synth rhythm. "Papnwea" is nothing like the rest of the album. It has notes of trip-hop beats and a filtered vocal synth sound that hints old tones. The melody is very unnerving and uncomfortable at times. We end the album with "Effaninor", a 4 on the floor danceable track with that same deep ambient element in the background and many god-like synth lfo's hovering above. It breaks down into a symphonic piece towards the end and then blanks out until the hidden track starts. The hidden track is somber and algorithmic and finishes with a smooth taste for another Bola album.

Overall, great album. 9/10. Darrell Fitton is a master at what he does, making amazing synthetic sounds that seem to come from aliens. I love it!

Thanks
Tobin Dack
lever

lever

January 30, 2012
I bought my first ever turntable from Darrell in 1994 when he worked at Dr Rock in Rochdale. He looked cooler with his long hair back then. I say that, so did I.

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