Native Force (a.k.a. Simon Donohue) started producing music at the age of 14 using 4 track tape machines, guitars and drum machines. At 18 he landed a job as a recording engineer at a commercial recording studio. From there he entered the world of electronic music. He soon joined forces with Andy Smith and formed the Sunrise Society which went on to produce a number of Detroit Techno style EP’s on London’s Pacific Records. In 96 Simon went solo and started producing Drum & Bass under the name of Odyssey. His first D&B track “Expressions” was released on 720 records/ Logical Progression 2. Expressions quickly gained anthem status being played to death by the likes of Fabio, LTJ Bukem and Blame.

While working at the recording studio Simon engineered for numerous artists covering a broad spectrum of musical styles, one group in particular, an African percussion band, inspired Simon to learn to play congas and percussion. This in turn, led to the production of a track called Ritual. Ritual was a fusion of D&B and manic African percussion which crossed over into all areas of the D&B scene being played by Blame, Goldie, Doc Scott and the rest of the Metalheadz crew. Simon also produced more jazz influenced downtempo tracks for Good Looking Record’s sub labels such as Earth and Cooking Records.

In late 1999 Simon started a new project under the name of Native Force and signed to DJ C1’s acclaimed Zozan Music label, from where Compost picked up this release (“Music Box”).

Edited by soul2046 on 21 Apr 2008, 08:23

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