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

The Bolamachine studio.
Bola - Softly album art Lamb Softly (Bola Remix) Lamb - Softly (Single) Fontana UK 1999 Sell This Version
Bola - Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) album art Aqualung Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) (Cassan Vae) (as The Bolaman) Aqualung - Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) (Single) B-Unique Records, B-Unique Records, B-Unique Records UK 2002 Sell This Version
Bola - Loverman EP² album art Martin L. Gore Loverman (Bola Remix) and 1 more… Martin L. Gore - Loverman EP² (EP) Mute, Mute Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Aqualung 1, PR 03920 Bola - Album Sampler album art Aqualung Strange And Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) (Bola Remix) Aqualung - Album Sampler(CDr, Enh, Promo, Smplr) B-Unique Records, B-Unique Records Aqualung 1, PR 03920 UK 2003 Sell This Version
BCCD5 Bola - Reconstructions And Recycling album art Bass Communion Macrovelux Deluxremux Bass Communion - Reconstructions And Recycling(CD, Album, Ltd) Headphone Dust BCCD5 UK 2003 Sell This Version
HAG19 Bola - Remixes Volume 1. album art Aqualung Strange & Beautiful (Bolaman Remix) (as Bolaman) Aqualung - Remixes Volume 1.(CD, Comp) Not On Label (Aqualung Self-released) HAG19 UK 2004 Sell This Version
Bola - Remixed album art Lamb Softly (Bola Remix) Lamb - Remixed (Comp) Mercury, Mercury UK 2005 Sell This Version
none Bola - What Is That Sound? album art Lamb Softly (Bola Remix) Lamb - What Is That Sound?(2xCDr, Comp, Promo) Universal none UK 2005 Sell This Version
Bola - MP3 album art Martin L. Gore Loverman (Bola Remix) Martin L. Gore - MP3 (Comp) MP3 Music Collection Russia 2006 Sell This Version
Bola - Remix/Reform album art Ektoise Lmenitemix (Bola) Ektoise - Remix/Reform (Album) 777 Operations Australia 2010 Sell This Version
7770012 Bola - The Thought Police album art Ektoise The Thought Police (Lmenitemix By Bola) Ektoise - The Thought Police(7", Single) 777 Operations 7770012 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
none Bola - MP3 Collection album art Dave Gahan & Martin L. Gore Loverman (Bola Remix) Dave Gahan & Martin L. Gore - MP3 Collection(CDr, CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) Tempstar Records none Russia Unknown Sell This Version
none Bola - MP3 Collection album art Lamb Softly (Bola Remix) Lamb - MP3 Collection(CDr, CD-ROM, Comp, Unofficial, MP3) Digital Records (6) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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December 3, 2018
edited 6 months 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 4 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 7 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.


January 31, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
I discovered Bola's music by accident. Using a giftcard in a CD storechain year 2000ish (great years of techno long passed) was never an easy task (aka "dodging Britney"). So just to get it over with, I picked something from the miniscule dance/techno-category with a cover which gave a credible vibe.. this strategy has failed before, mind you.
But Bola was a very pleasant surprise, the music's integrity lived up to the cover cred for once. ;) There are several characteristics too the music; experimentalism, bass-heavy quality sound, sometimes rhythmic and chaotically sequenced, and always atmospheric with a definitive edge. If you're into atmospheric music (who isn't?) and enjoy experimentalism and playfulness, you should definitively try this out as soon as you can.

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