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

The Bolamachine studio.


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

Singles & EPs

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

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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.


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


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


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 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!


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.


December 10, 2015
Is Darrell active now a days?


November 22, 2014
edited over 7 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!

Tobin Dack


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.


January 29, 2012
edited over 10 years ago
Bola aka Darrell Fitton is an electronic musician from the UK. Most of his work is recorded under recording monikers of Bola and Jello.
Darrell's first release was in 1994 with the track Blipsalt via Warp's Artificial Intelligence II compilation but was only included on the limited edition 2xCd version & the 2×Vinyl LP compilation which also included a limited edition 12" single (Which featured a 2nd Darrell Fritton track entitled Metalurg which is also unique to this release).
Darrell Fitton returned in 1995 with his own first complete 12'' single release under the name Bola entitled Bola 1 (SKA005) via Skam Records based in Manchester in the UK.
Bola released the 7" single KS (KMAS002) in June 1998 followed by the classic first full lenght album in December 1998 entitled Soup (SKALP002) , the album was remastered and reissued with new artwork in 2003 (SKALP002).
A limited set of 3 EPs named Shapes (33Shapes) was released in 2000, pressed at only 300 copies. In September 2006 Shapes was remastered and reissued by Skam Records, adding three bonus tracks (SKALD020).
After releasing the classic landmark album Soup in 1998 there was the 2nd album entitled Fyuti (SKALP007) in 2001 , then Gnayse (SKALP015) in 2004 and then Kroungrine (Skalp022) in 2007.
He is currently working on a new album, to be titled Ambrosia, which at this stage is still without an estimated release date.
Darrell Fitton has produce some of the best near meditational electronic ambient and IDM music and the consistancy in his productions is effectively near flawless.
He remains quite possibly one of the most underrated of any artist in the electronica scene which is a real shame and borders on the criminal given the high quality of his productions and work over the past 17 years.


December 27, 2009
Darrel Fitton is probably one of the most underrated IDM musicians. His production skills and knowledge are so perfect and way beyond most IDM-me-toos. Though, his releases haven't been ground-breaking after "Fyuiti", the sound of his releases is still like bathing in a six-dimensional space. There's hardly any other musician in the field matching this.

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