At this point in Los Angeles-based producer Daedelus’ career, there’s a sort of consistency in his wholly different recording endeavors. Initially affiliated with dublab’s first crop of speaker-rattlers, this well-heeled technician went and embraced the hip-hop half of the electronics, remixing the Weather’s only album. Of course, sticking to such abstruse fair wasn’t likely to endear Daedelus to wide swaths of the music listening world. Working DJ nights and continuing his contributions to dublab’s online radio programming, in addition to whatever innate creative force enables the guy to issue new recordings on a yearly basis, resulted in a European deal with Ninja Tune.
Bringing out “Bespoke,” loosely based around song titles tied to the producer’s penchant for vintage clothing, Daedelus accelerates his manipulation of a base number of samples into sounds evoking wide-eyed discovery. Almost nothing on the new album sounds like ample fodder for MCs, but the handful of crooning accompaniment fits the mood, if not making for an album skewed to the fey side of electronica.
Touring the release almost necessitates bringing along a few singers. And while shows won’t include Busdriver, the MC sings a bit on “What Can You Do?” Further into “Bespoke,” Young Dad’s vocal feature on “One and Lonely” winds up sounding like Morrissey helming a rave in its comedown phase while a bit of jungle pushes through “French Cuffs,” but not enough to define the song in its terms. Slowly building towards a fully realized composition, each disparate piece of “Slowercase D” defies expectations, floating upstream against the likelihood that phased keyboards and wood-block samples go together on the dance-floor. “Bespoke” will probably take folks a bit of time to acclimatize. Live, though, the producer entertains with music as much as with his well-worn duds, dandified and ruffled. (Dave Cantor)
April 9 at the Bottom Lounge, 1375 West Lake, (312)666-6775, 9pm. $15-$18. 17+.
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