Ovum, Closed Circuits
Throughout his twenty-year venture as one of the most coveted underground DJs/producers to emerge from Tel Aviv’s electronic scene, Gel Abril (Roy Brizman) has crossed paths with nearly every significant industry figure. Whether heâ€™s manning the decks with an impressive arsenal of cutting-edge selections or engulfed in the latest studio project, his endeavors are well-acknowledged all-across the globe.
The Israeli mastermindâ€™s career-track initially unfolded with the Remix to 2007’s Freakside â€“ a contemporary classic, originally conceived by Shlomi Aber. During the same year, he later debuted his smash-single The Underground Bullshit on Josh Winkâ€™s Ovum Recordings, sealing a distinguished partnership with one of the leading labels of the decade.
From that moment onwards, Abril became a key contributor to Shlomi Aberâ€™s Be As One imprint, tying musical bonds with his native countryâ€™s top-grade record company. Without a hint of slowing down, he shelved out no less than four singles for the premiere label, including Your Face Is A Mess and Very Wrong.
Accompanying his early triumphs beneath the wings of Be As One, Gel Abril followed up with 2008â€™s Miranda EP â€“ a double-sided release, signed by yet another highly-acclaimed label, Get Physical. Though later that year, he unleashed one his proudest works to date, Spells Of Yoruba. This momentous track was readily tipped as an â€śofficial anthem of the timeâ€ť by numerous industry critics, reflecting the scoreâ€™s optimal balance between alluring vocal samples and infectious tribal percussive-loops.
Fast-forward to Miamiâ€™s Winter Music Conference of 2012 and youâ€™ll hear his name on the lips of every attendee, especially with regard to his chart-smashing collaboration with Andrea Oliva, Scene. The tremendous hype surrounding this massive release even lent itself to the trackâ€™s later designation as the #3 most charted on Resident Advisor a few months later.
Presently, Gel Abril proudly paces into 2014 with a flourishing legacy, donning recent additions to his home-imprint, Be As One. The Provocateur EP explores the cutting-edge tip of his musical prowess, blurring the lines between house and techno among two principal tracks, Ue Suala and the title-track, Provocateur as well as another belter dubbed changes steps ep.
Among the trade of spinning records, there isnâ€™t a major venue on earth that hasnâ€™t appeared on Gel Abrilâ€™s extensive touring schedule. A distinguished veteran of numerous legendary clubs and gatherings, his performances have taken center-stage throughout Sonar Festival Barcelona, Amnesia Ibiza, Womb Tokyo, and Berlinâ€™s Katerhoilzig, just to name a few.
In a competitive market of global DJs, Abrilâ€™s distinctive blend of tech house and metallic-groove consistently enchants the hearts of listeners, transcending the boundaries of formal genres. Always acknowledged for his unparalleled diversity behind the mixer, his sets are both bold and inventive.
Described by music journalists as a â€śunique specie of an artist”, so far, this determination could not be more accurate for the endearing record selector.