Scion A/V continues its run of one-off releases this week with an EP from one of our favorite L.A. producers, Daedelus. While Looking Ocean won’t drop until tomorrow afternoon, we’re sharing its title track a day early. The nuclear-hued number sounds about as jittery as we feel after downing a pot of French-pressed coffee, setting Austin Peralta’s loose-limbed piano lines against Daedelus’ skittish drum loops. The former’s explored this sort of electro-shocked thing before—with his other Brainfeeder labelmates Flying Lotus and Thundercat—but those records never got quite as restless as this one.
Have a listen down below, right alongside another track from Looking Ocean, the footwork-inspired “Platforming”…
Purity Ring’s “Shrines” is a sounding board of this passing Summer; perhaps more a Ouija board in fact. I’ve been listening with curious ears, and fell into a remix of Cartographist. I do hope you enjoy this terrible perversion of their lullingbyes into a more brooding and ominous clouding. Uping tempo.
Check out more from Purity Ring here.
Dublab.com has been the home to so much sound over a considerable number of years. I’ve hosted a program entitled Entropy Sessions throughout that time; allowing one show of wonderful expression in all-music, in all-idea. I don’t state this in jest. This show is an easy example of a long ago but very diverse collection of programs Dublab associated, that explored what was current and/or quiet old – obscure. I’m so grateful to be able to share this messed up mix and would encourage any curious of this or indeed more to go thru Dublab’s considerable archives and discover.
Photo by Caroline Mort
In celebration of hitting 50,000 followers, Daedelus has uploaded a set of unreleased edits to Soundcloud, including chopped & screwed renditions of New Order, Aphex Twin and that old Daft Punk-related classic “Music Sounds Better With You.” Collect ‘em all after the jump…
Photos by Turkishomework
Words by Andrew Parks
Daedelus and the Gaslamp Killer can’t seem to sit still. In the case of the latter, that’s simply par for the course. A consummate crate digger with a mind that’s as scattered as his record collection, Gaslamp’s synapses are stuck in rapid fire mode at all times. Daedelus, on the other hand, is usually as calm and collected as anyone who regularly wears dandy-ish suits should be.
And yet, he’s a ball of nervous energy tonight, probably because he’s a half hour away from playing a spastic headlining set for a packed (Le) Poisson Rouge. Gaslamp is also on hand to perform one of his crowd-pleasing displays of scratching, mixing and all-around madness, along with two close friends from L.A., Free the Robots and Samiyam. They’re all here to remind us New Yorkers how people do things on the West Coast—weird and wild, with an innate sense of the once standard DJ skills that stopped being the norm somewhere between the first iPod and the control vinyl dawn of Serato.
In the following exclusive interview, Daedelus and Gaslamp discuss all of the above and much more. Be sure to catch them both on tour in the coming month, including Daedelus’ headlining run—we’re giving away tickets to tomorrow’s Brooklyn show on our Twitter—and Gaslamp’s stint supporting A-Trak and Kid Sister…
The Details: If you’ve seen any of Daedelus’ recent live sets, then you know what to expect from his new album. The latest in a decade-long line of restless releases, it’s just as likely to swipe vocal snippets from an old 78 cylinder as it is to lift dagger-like drums or lean synth lines from Alfred Darlington’s Lite-Brite controller.
And while some cuts spin dangerously out of control, there’s always something-that-shouldn’t-work-but-does lurking around the corner. Like the way a lo-fi jungle beat ricochets off the pop hooks in “One and Lonely” or how a rare reunion with Busdriver (the underground rapper did an entire record with Daedelus in 2003) reveals the guy can actually sing, not just spit rhymes that’d leave anyone without a dictionary in the dust. Another collaboration that stands out is Bilal’s guest spot on “Overwhelmed,” which you can find after the jump along with a complete tracklisting and dates for Daedelus’ Magical Properties 3 Tour with Tokimonsta, Shlohmo, and a new “Archimedes visual show”…