Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Another review up today at Blurt...

(Ninja Tune)

Well-made, excellent, effortlessly stylish - it is, perhaps, no accident that Alfred Darlington, the electronic artist known as Daedelus, chose high-end tailoring as a metaphor in his 12th full-length Bespoke. Like the hand-sewn items of clothing he celebrates, Daedelus' art-form combines meticulous, detail-sweating intricacy with the sensuality of fine fabric close to the body.

You might be tempted to say that Daedelus fits his creations to the artists that make guest appearances on these tracks - Inara George, Baths, Busdriver, Bilal and Milosh - but the truth is that they do more to fit themselves into his singular, luxurious vision. Inara George, in album standout "Penny Loafers," is transformed into a marcelled and fabulous 1940s songstress, her lovely voice flanked in by nightclub maraca beats and stylish radio choruses. Milosh is surrounded by gleaming, pulsing 1960s soul sounds, his "Tailor-Made" turning sleek and chic and faintly ironic. Even Busdriver basks in sartorial splendor on "What Can You Do?," his retro soulful voice braced by a breathless, forward-rushing, movie-soundtrack glamour.


“Overwhelmed (featuring Bilal)”

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