Only a couple of days ago I featured One O’Clock’s interview with James Pants, today they posted a new one with LA’s Daedelus.
He talks about performing live, his new Archimedes audio-visual show, and running a label.
If you have the time, take a moment and check out other features by NWMA/One O’Clock on Vimeo. They are more interview sessions like the one above with Kelpe, Anti Pop Consortium or Slugabed, and live material of Taylor McFerrin or Actress.
2003’s Impending Doom saw a rather unlikely collaboration with broken beat veteran Dominic Stanton, and I say “unlikely” for I believe not many fans of Daedelus were familiar with the names of Domu or Umod. I guess requesting two remixes from an artist already shows a lot of appreciation, but today -nine years later- Daedelus pays back with a remix of one Something Old.
There’s a lot of regret in the liner notes for the track, I guess it really meant a lot to the Los Angeles-based Alfred Darlington to return the favour. And who knows, maybe this (once again) raises the awareness for a very underrated artist of the last decade.
Well, I like the outcome and I think it works really well. If you think so too, you can download the tune here or there.
During last year’s Incubate Festival, LA-based producer Daedelus sampled pieces of music made by students of the Fontys Rock Academy and the Conservatory in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
The results have been available for download for some time already. Take a listen if you haven’t yet.
Celebrating 50,000 followers on SoundCloud, Lord Darlington shares a his adjustments, a collection of “sort of chopped and screwed” remixes. Included are adjustments of artists such as Aphex Twin, Dntel, Mannequin Lung, New Order, Stardust, and a mash-up of UNKLE and Björk.
All of these are available for free download, if you like them I recommend getting them quick!
You might remember one of these from an earlier post, but I’ve only discovered Daedelus stars in two more videos of the Room 205 series.
Always a pleasure to watch him play the Monomes, don’t you think?
Ninja Tune will releases the new Daedelus single Overwhelmed on August 8th, until then you can re-listen to his mix for Mary Anne Hobbs.
Los Angeles’ Daedelus, muscian, great live performer and now running his own label Magical Properties, put together this mixtape for International Tapes.01. James Pants – Seven Seals Theme
02. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Spellbound
03. Machinedrum – Nastyfuckk
04. Toro Y Moi – You Hid
05. Robot Koch – Threats
06. Ad Bourke – One For Me
07. Stagga – Timewarp
08. Teebs – Anchor Steam
09. Dj Rashad – Who Da Coldest
10. Rudi Zygadio – Filthy Logic
11. Jon Wayne – Tears pt. 2
12. Mustard Pimp – Pigeon Flu
13. Stagga – Genik Ridim
14. Daedelus – Fair Weather Friends
15. Animal Collective – Loch Raven
16. Trolley Snatcha – Circle K
17. Bjork – Joga (Strings& Vocal mix)
18. Drake – Fancy
19. AC Slater – Calm Down
20. The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
21. LDFD – Outta Control
22. Lorn – Army of Fear
23. Untold – I Can’t Stop This Feeling
24. NastyNasty – The Reef
25. Captain Hands – Spell on U
Grab the download while available.
Following their sessions with Teebs or Gaslamp Killer, the guys of Into the Woods met with Daedelus in an arcade to play some Street Fighter II. They also asked him to show his skills on the Monome and recorded the session.
Head over to the Into the Woods website and download an MP3 of the same session.
Following Stampede Me, here comes the second video off Daedelus’ Righteous Fists of Harmony mini-album.
Directed by Ben Olsen and Brainfeeder associate Dr. Strangeloop.
Update XLR8R simultaneously posted a new track by Daedelus, get it here!
Taken from his mini-album Righteous Fists of Harmony, this is the official video for “Stampede Me” by Daedelus. The video was directed by Chris Shen.
The album has been out for a month now, you can get it on vinyl or as digital download. Don’t miss!
According to Brainfeeder head Flying Lotus, Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus was one of the first figures he met on the LA music scene and a great inspiration. It’s only logical that the new Daedalus mini-album will get released on the Brainfeeder label.
The Righteous Fists of Harmony were a secret society of warriors, called “Boxers” by the British, who believed they could “perform extraordinary feats, such as flight, and could become immune to swords and bullets.” Their attempt to purify China from foreign influences in the so-called Boxer Uprising (1899-1901) was eventually squashed by the military forces of the Eight-Nation Alliance which occupied their motherland at the time.
Daedelus, known for his fascination with the Victorian era and its costumes, picks up this theme for his album to create a surreal soundtrack to these historic events. He imagines the events from the idealistic perspective of the Boxers, creating dreamlike soundscapes filled with soft acoustic guitars and melancholic strings.
While mostly instrumental, some of the tracks feature seductive vocals, like the samba-esque “Order Of The Golden Dawn” with Darlington’s wife Laura. Or “Succumbing Me”, a track that might as well be taken from one of Björk’s earlier albums.01. An Armada Approaches
02. Tidal Waves Uprising
03. The Open Hand Avows
04. Order Of The Golden Dawn
05. The Finishing of a Thing
06. Succumbing To
07. Stampede Me
08. Fin De Siécle
As with most concept albums, the result is very consistent and that’s what makes Righteous Fists the best work from Daedelus I’ve come across. Running for only 26 minutes, it leaves you with the wish for more – like a pleasant nap on a summer day.
Righteous Fists will be available on vinyl and digital formats from March 23 on, you can pre-order it from places like Rush Hour or Juno.
You can still download the track Order Of The Golden Dawn for free, there is also a video for Fin De Siécle.
Another video from the Magical Properties Tour by Daedelus and Nosaj Thing, filmed while stopping in the city of Chicago. No live-footage soundwise, mainly interview parts. Daedelus speaks about the art of sampling, how he got his appearance and the story behind his upcoming album Righteous Fists of Harmony.
If you want to hear parts from their live sets, make sure to check out these two videos as well!
Nosaj Thing and Daedelus, two beatmakers from Los Angeles, each performing live for 10 minutes on Seattle’s KEXP radio-station.
There are still a few dates left to catch them both on the Magical Properties Tour through the United States.
There is a new album from Daedelus coming out on Brainfeeder in late March. Here is a nice promo video featuring the song “Fin de Siècle”.
The video was directed by Clay Lipsky, who previously was involved with Cold Cut and KRS One.
You can catch Daedalus alongside Nosaj Thing and Jogger touring across the U.S. this February, here are the details.