Bruise is the brand new musical project of Christian Campbell (Sona Vabos) and Darren House aka Diesel (Xpress-2, Ballistic Brothers). Born out of a shared love of the Motor City and all things deep, dusty and electronic, Bruise aims to present a broad palette of stirring electronic soul.
Under his Sona Vabos alias, Christian has released House, Dub and Techno on labels including DFA, Mad Decent and Southern Fried Records, and has remixed artists including Todd Terry, The Black Ghosts, Chicken Lips, and The 2 Bears. His music has been supported by Radio 1 (Annie Mac, B-Traits, Diplo and Monki) and DJ’s such as Kerri Chandler, Sinden, Eats Everything, Shadow Child, and many more.
Diesel, together with Rocky and Ashley Beedle, formed House music titans ‘X-press 2’ in the early 90s and rose to underground prominence through classic tracks such as ‘Muzik Express’, ‘London Xpress’ and ‘Smoke Machine’ (Junior Boys Own & Skint Records). Gaining plaudits on the club scene with their multi-decked DJ sets and performing everywhere from Ibiza to Brazil and Japan to New York, X-Press 2 shot to fame with their Ivor Novello award winning single ‘Lazy’. Featuring vocals by David Byrne (Talking Heads) the single reached No 2 in the UK singles chart.
Diesel is also a founding member of the jazz influenced electronic band the ‘Ballistic Brothers’ and as a solo artist ‘Yellow Sox’ on Nuphonic Records. Diesel also presents an irregular show on know-wave.com as well as running legendary re-edit label Moton Records Inc. He can also be found playing DJ sets at Spiritland and ‘We Are The Sunset’ parties as well as running his own parties under the name Heavy Disco.
Published: 26th May 2020