Dauwd has finally returned to Kompakt and with a spanking new EP entitled " Saleh ". Once again we're taken by the producer's ability to maintain an intensity in his work, incomparable to the others.
Dauwd Al Hilali was originally born in the US but spent his childhood growing up in Wales before making London his home-base. His early releases on Pictures Music and Ghostly International showcase his unique ability to fuse sonic instrumentals and downtempo. With a strong admiration and knowledge of synthesizers, Dauwd began to incorporate them in "melodic techno" productions. This trend became innate to him, as he describes himself "naive", Dauwd's melodies beautifully express his abounding emotions. Critically acclaimed, his " Kindlinn EP " in 2014 (Kompakt) brought the artist front and center, having gained support from the likes of Jamie XX, Nick Hppner and Gilles Peterson. His song " Lydia " (listen below) speaks for itself.
What a celebration that the Cologne-based label is again to release one of Dauwd's masterworks (Saleh comes out the 20th of October). Here, we are immersed in a gentle melancholic ballad with a complex yet soothing blend of techno & ambient sounds. Dauwd's signature sound remains: a captivating atmosphere where synthesizers and shooting beats glide amongst an ever so-sweet bassline. With suspense and great sensitivity, he manages to combine the renowned influences of UK & Techno/House while creating a genre somewhere between dance and "romantic psychedelia." We're absolutely in love and want more.
Bastard Jazz, a label we've mentioned previously on the Délicieuse in regards to our article on colm K.
The Brooklyn-based label recently released their third volume from the compilation series "Hear No Evil". Disclosed they showcase the rarities of B-Sides and exclusive remixes. On Vol. 3 we specifically enjoy Tee Cardaci's remix of "Montreux Sunrise" by The Elder Statesman. The Brazilian DJ/Producer/Programmer of The Downlow & label manager of Lowdown grooves, exaggerates the original track's natural Latin influence and samba instrumentals. A perfect tune for any playlist. Kick back and relax.