Bondy is a DJ-producer based in Brooklyn, New York, and XLR8R+ subscribers will likely already be familiar with his work. In December 2020, we closed a tumultuous year with a collection of transfixing dub and downtempo that included Bondy’s “Poison The Well” plus a collaboration with Opheliaxz called “Dust On The Floor.” Alongside Exael, Pontiac Streator, and Huerco S., he forms part of a tight-knit crew of producers that came together in Kansas, where they began sharing their work through Terry Radio, a semi-functioning internet radio station. Today, they flutter around labels like West Mineral Ltd., Experiences LTD, and Lillerne Tapes.
Created in 2020, this collection is a “startlingly intimate and personal body of work worthy of the self-title,” we’re told. All six tracks capture a “tender moment” in Bondy’s artistic timeline and together form a diary.
“Every sound on this record is a piece of my heart—moments I savour on the tip of my tongue—sweet, bitter, confusing,” Bondy tells XLR8R. “Something that made itself without me knowing it was happening. Something I had to look back on to taste.”
Artwork comes from Martin Tzonev.
01. Everything I Can’t Be
03. A Place I Know
04. Dream Bleed
05. Butterfly Chair
06. The Only Part of You I Ever Really Needed
Ben Bondy LP is available now. You can order it here and stream it in full below.