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Aril Brikha

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Aril Brikha (born in 1976 in Tehran, Iran) is a producer currently residing in Stockholm, Sweden, who initially discovered electronic music by listening to the likes of Depeche Mode, Front 242 and Jean Michel Jarre before discovering the more futuristic sounds of artists like Detroit’s Robert Hood and Underground Resistance.

After not receiving any response in his native country he sent a demo to some of his favourite record labels stateside. Before he knew it, Derrick May released The Art Of Vengeance EP, featuring the track “Groove La’ Chord”, on his Fragile record label in 1998, and was playing it all around the world. This was followed by the release of the Deeparture In Time album also on Transmat.

His live sets have been highly appreciated all the way from DEMF in Detroit to Fabric in London, with his take on Detroit Techno adding special soul and funk to it.

In 1998 Aril Brikha reacquainted the world with deep techno soul, as his record Groove La Chord crossed generic boundaries. Is it techno? Is it house? Is it deep house? It’s everything and nothing. Groove La Chord is simply timeless. No one was more surprised about the success of Groove La Chord than Brikha himself - after all, he’d originally presented it on his demo as a potential B-side. Two years after he recorded Groove La Chord, Brikha heard it in a club for the first time - Derrick May pulled it out in Chicago. Aril then realised it was a good track. The renegade always walks alone. As a cultural exile in Sweden, Aril Brikha has never been one to conform.

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