“Fair Weather Friends” – Daedelus (Ninja Tune) [SINGLE] November 16, 2007Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: Fair Weather Friends / ARTIST: Daedelus / LABEL: Ninja Tune / RELEASE DATE: October 2007 / CAT NO: ZEN12201
1. Fair Weather Friends
2. My Beau
4. El Subidon
Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus has embarked on a journey in a new direction. Renowned for making cerebral, baroque electronic music and dressing like a Victorian dandy, the “Fair Weather Friends” EP is stripped-back, rave-fuelled, funked-up dance music that Alfred himself describes as “minimal Daedelus; sleek and laughably sexier”.
This new sound was very much influenced by European audiences as he realised they “want dance music at the top of their night”, and this EP is definitely the most direct and dancefloor-friendly work of his remarkable and varied career.
Title track “Fair Weather Friends” is held together by a vocal sample of a young lady explaining “when the weather gets warm we get the same things on our minds as you boys do” – but the ballast of the track revolves around drums ‘n’ claps that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Go! Team record, and an insistently catchy keyboard riff.
But it doesn’t end there: “My Beau” (a re-imagined, re-sung rework of Ghost Town DJ’s “My Boo”) is possibly the most shocking departure. It’s utterly fresh and combines bass rhythms with great swathes of squelch and a beautifully mashed-up r&b vocal.
“Hermitage” manages to keep the electro-squelch aesthetic of the EP while incorporating rock elements and a driving four to the floor beat. Meanwhile, “El Subidon” goes a little bit more techno, while “Bonjour” is pure jack with sweet, electronic melodies that won’t fail to hit the mark.
Whatever this man plays around with has a warmth and beauty to it which could only come from one place. “I’m still from the Golden State, Los Angeles,” he explains. Feel the warmth. Feel the Daedelus!