Everyone's favourite musical super hero makes a welcome return with this double header on his own IIlicit label. Offering the first taste of his forthcoming debut album, 'Punisher / Day One' marks the beginning of a truly Deadly year.
Coming straight outta Hinkley, Leicestershire, Damon Baxter has never stuck to the well trodden and clearly signposted path to musical fame and fortune. Preferring to indulge his diverse tastes and interests than to stick rigidly to any plan, Deadly Avenger's maverick spirit makes him one of the most exciting and unpredictable British producers of recent times.
First attracting attention in the late '90s with his releases on Depth Charge's DC Recordings and on his own Illicit label, Deadly Avenger's unique blend of hip hop, electro, disco breaks and soundtrack science made him stand out from the post-big beat crowd. Remixes for the Manic Street Preachers, Travis and Money Mark followed and helped cement his reputation as a producer who was equally at home devestating dancefloors with twisted disco breaks as he was creating beautiful, string laden epics.
Over the last two years, Damon has steadily built the profile of his own Illicit label working with artists including The Wiseguys, Organic Audio, Jadell and Portishead's Andy Smith, and releasing the acclaimed 'Battlecreek EP' series. At the same time he has earned a reputation as a floor filling DJ at clubs and festivals all over the world, with his residency at London's Fabric Live providing the inspiration for a forthcoming mix album on the club's own label. Somehow he has also found the time to record his debut album which is set for release later this year, and is guaranteed to convert any remaining agnostics to the Deadly Avenger gospel.
'Punisher / Day One' is a tantalising taste of the pleasures to come. Showing the diverse range of sonic weaponry Deadly Avenger has in his arsenal, this two tracker shows two sides of Damon's musical personality. 'Punisher' does exactly what it says on the tin - piling up the pressure and showing no mercy to the dancefloor. 'Day One' shows a lighter touch, with Deadly laying down loose limbed funk for those 5am sessions.
This Doctor won't be saying 'goodbye' in the same way as those who have left the series in recent years.