"Penny Loafers" - Daedelus featuring Inara George
Daedelus' experimental sounds always feel intelligent and classy. But with Inara George on board, this tune jumps to a whole new level of elegance. Those operatic trills alone give me goosebumps. Add to that her honey-sweet vocals modulating a most sharp and tactful verbal smack-down. Always the master of layering, Daedelus sprinkles in effected 50s jingle-style harmonies as that rich synth foundation rocks us steadily on a wave of new-school luxury.
Alfred Darlington, aka Daedelus, pioneered the live use of monome (as pictured above), bringing the electronic experience to a whole new level. This Santa Monica native has been "rocking my dime" (in the best way) for about 10 years now on a multitude of different labels. You may also recognize him as a founding DJ of Dublab, the Los Angeles based internet radio station and canvas for a collection of progressive audio and visual arts.
His latest album, Bespoke, will be released April 11th on Ninja Tune. He's described the album title as "a term employed to mean an item custom-made to measure." Ever the perfectionist, Bespoke is a paragon of his meticulous style of production. I already pre-ordered my vinyl, but it can't get here fast enough. Here's another taste:
"One and Lonely" - Daedelus featuring Young Dad
If you are heading out to Austin this week be sure to catch him at SXSW to see his mastery of the monome first-hand.