If you’re still feeling the January blues then it’s time you started listening to Daktyl.
Despite being an electronic producer, Daktyl has also been classically trained as a pianist, and the intricacies of it have no doubt been transferred into his work. With a diverse background, Daktyl is extremely creative and is not confined to any one ganre. Daktyl’s latest EP Chase Road came out on the 21st January, and based on his previous works, it comes as no surprise that it should be such a strong and varied collection.
For me, the first track ‘Promises I Need To Keep’ is bursting full of spectacular ideas and interesting textures that can easily capture the listener with its unique grooves and hooks. In my first listen I felt that in some places, it’s so filled with different components that it begins to seem too overwhelming – but trust me when I say it grows on you. The first half is where the beat is relaxed and provides the perfect balance of layers which flow and mingle with each other. But, it is soon followed by beats designed to make you lose your mind and go ever so slightly crazy. A fun, if not eccentric, opener.
In stark contrast, the second track is wonderfully mellow and insightful where Daktyl seems to tiptoe along a line between genres. Dipping his toe into dance with chilled out beats, adding a dash of clear, crisp piano within his build up and then peppering tropical percussion on top. All designed to complement the vocals in different ways whilst evolving the riff that started the whole track. When listening out for the blend of the various tunes, it’s really quite striking how much detail there is contained in this track. Definitely a lot of intriguing blending going on here.
Finally, the last track ‘Do Without’ which is by far the highlight of the whole EP. It’s a track that shows no boundaries. It constantly transforms through the never-ending instruments that Daktyl seems to have kept up his sleeve and the fact that it almost seems to strut, drips of a mean confidence and just exudes effortless talent. The complete mastery of the broad spectrum of sounds he has chosen to use means that it is one hell of a trip as he guides the listener through a world where he shows us just why his future is so bright.
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