A Roland Juno 60, an electric guitar, a bass and a soprano ukulele are enough for Tomislav Domes to take us on a smooth and sweet trip. We’ll get back later to this particular voyage.
A different journey started for Domes at the turn of the century in Zagreb, when he and his mate Ivan Slipčević gathered to create the Zvuk Broda projects. Focusing on live performances and producing a sort of Deep-House and similar sounds, the duo gained a pretty good visibility and reputation not only in Croatia but also in the club scene all around that area, from Ljubljana to Sarajevo.
The Zvuk Broda project is still active but Tomislav Domes tried his luck producing as a solo artist. Around 5 years ago, he started what would probably trace his early solo history. While collecting 70’s and 80’s Disco and Boogie Records, Domes started selecting and editing some of these tracks and publishing them on Soudcloud. The fact that most of these tracks were released as free download material is surely a simple and immediate popularity factor but the true credit would never be given if these edits weren’t worth it. Some examples of it are these following tracks, Mystic Merlin’s Sixty Thrills a Minute, edited by the Slovanian label Nered….
… and the most recent Whatsyouredit out on deepdsico.
Domes usually get lost in time while in the playing/producing process. If physically possible, he would probably sit and spend a whole year in the studio. He tells us this is one of his motivations while recording. The other one is the feedback and getting the music he makes heard by as many people as possible is another true wish, better than making money selling it. It seems to be working for Tomislav. Thousands of plays on his tracks on soundcloud are the proof that his music is being listened to. Mathew Kyle was one of those who got his hears on Domes work. The North-American Dj and producer who recently launched his independent label, In The Woods, intending to have no restrictions or boundaries on music style, gave the Croatian producer a shot. The result: The EP There it is, Domes first solo release.
Getting back to the trip I was talking about in the first lines, this EP, with only three tracks and a remix, has a unique ability to take us on a quite small but very pleasant music voyage. It sounds like a sort of tribute to the smoothest Soul, Disco and Funk sounds of the 70’s, with a distinctive freshness that keeps it fit to our times. Influenced by some of the greatest composers and musicians of that time like Isaac Hayes, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini or even Stevie Wonder Domes found his path. Sampling some more orchestral sounds and vocals, fusing them with a funky rhythm, a groovy bass and some trippy synth riffs, he really hit my ears with this slow Disco adventure.
Dare to come aboard and enjoy this journey. It sure is worth.
Besides producing, Domes still finds time to run his own Record Label, Picakat.
There it is by Domes is out on In The Woods. You can buy it on Juno.
Find more of Domes work on his Soudcloud page.