DJ Unwind is the pseudonym of Minneapolis based producer and self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Brad LaBarbera. As DJ Unwind, LaBarbera has released three short-format albums which are especially noted for their laid-back production and outside-the-box fusion of his unique and wide-ranging stylistic influences.
Unwind’s 2006 debut release Truth Beyond the Beat, is layered in jazz-infused 90’s hip-hop and received positive critical reviews from Okayplayer, a popular online taste-making community. The initial success of his first release carried over into a Japanese re-issue on Libyus Records that cemented Unwind as a truly global artist. He pursues this newfound cosmopolitan audience with the experimental lounge of 2010’s Far From Here EP. Released on his own Velvet Music Group label, “Far From Here,” pushes him out of the hip-hop comfort zone of his previous efforts with a focus on wide-lens atmospheres that progress with a distinctly European sway. By pairing up with precocious Australian vocalist, Hannah Karydas (aka Eves the Behavior), for 2013’s Epais DJ Unwind has continued his mission to construct his signature sound.
In addition to his genre-eluding solo work, DJ Unwind actively engages in collaborations as both musician and producer. Most notably, in the trip-hop leaning Oceans of Velvet, he and unlikely collaborators Paul Allender, the popular British heavy metal guitar player and Riva Taylor, a classical-crossover vocalist, have released one EP, and are currently working on another release.
DJ Unwind’s solo music, as well as selections from Oceans of Velvet can be heard on popular TV shows such as “Sleepy Hollow” (FOX) and "Sons of Anarchy" (FX) amongst others (IMDB). Unwind’s big screen approach to production, as well as his continued placement in TV and film confirm his true passion as an artist can be found within the world of cinematic experience.
The new DJ Unwind & Levphonic collaboration coming April 2016!
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"It is not often, in 2013, that an instrumentalist/remix master comes to the scene and offers an alternative to the music on popular radio stations. Without disrespect to the popular music scene, DJ Unwind is able to take influences from popular music and create something that invokes intelligent thought and provokes a peaceful vibe into the airwaves. Even when accompanying other artists, his musical beats are the guiding force behind it all."
1. Mannequin / 2. Autumn Cinema / 3. The Last Fall / 4. Gatsby / 5. Old Ways New Games / 6. Galaxies / 7. The Beach / 8. Épais
Far From Here the EP
"There is something to be said for musicians that sidestep the latest subgenre in order to master the harmonic space that they currently find themselves a part of. With the compounded interest of everyday pressure in everyone’s life, there will always be a need for downtempo recordings. This 7-track EP is headphone-essential music, the kind you want to listen to closely so you don’t miss the subtle nuances within the mix."
1. Twilights and Teardrops / 2. Night Foil / 3. Endless You / 4. Breathe / 5. Revery / 6. Natalias Groove / 7. My Sunshine Remix
Truth Beyond the Beat
Reminiscent of the "golden-era" of hip-hop music, Truth Beyond the Beat is a brilliant display of jazzy beats that embody Unwind's name. In addition, this album is sampled exclusively from vinyl records, including all drum samples. This is a direct representation of Unwind's creativity and approach to an instant classic among the purest of beat-diggers.
1. Understanding / 2. The Truth / 3. All I Know / 4. Just Ride (Interlude) / 5. Midwest / 6. Think Back / 7. Seasons / 8. Scratch (Interlude) / 9. Without Love / 10. Loungin / 11. Ending of the Beginning
Unknowing (feat. Riva Taylor) - [Single]
"Best described as a lush, appealing mixture of ambient and trip-hop, with hints of new age and European classical music, this haunting single draws influence from Dido to Enya."
(Note): Unknowing was featured in Season 7 of the hit TV series 'Sons of Anarchy' on FX.
Oceans of Velvet (EP)
The original recordings from a collaboration between DJ Unwind & Paul Allender.
"Oceans of Velvet, use a finely crafted collage of down-tempo beats, epic guitar solos and honey kissed vocals to melt a listener’s mind into a hazy memory of late nights spent effortlessly drifting through smoky, dim-lit rooms."
1. Tiger Eyes / 2. Lost / 3. Indigo