In Greek mythology, Daedelus, was an accomplished craftsman and artist. He built the Labyrinth of Crete that imprisoned the Minotaur. In modern times, Daedelus is also a skilled craftsmen and artist, but instead of building prisons for man-bull creatures, he builds off-kilter beats and layers of mesmerizing sounds.
Daedelus, real name Alfred Darlington, looks like a man lost in a time warp. There’s a bit of a Victorian rogue about him, and something a bit nautical as well. He wouldn’t look out of place in a Herman Melville novel. His look and style perfectly compliment his music – there are beats, yes, but there is also something different, something… ancient.
The left-field drum ’n’ bass scene out of Los Angeles is Daedelus’ breeding ground. Aligning himself with the experimental heads of the Dublab scene, he found the perfect (twilight) zone for his nonconforming style. It’s the same scene where future-leaning producers Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing were known to orbit.
Throughout his extensive catalog (over a dozen albums, EP’s and countless singles and collaborations), you’ll pick up snippets of jazz, hip-hop and dub. Listen deeper and you’ll hear a slice classical here, a pinch of other-worldly children’s choirs there, maybe a backwards sea shanty or two.
If you’re looking for something completely different and wholly original, check out Daedelus live on Friday, July 24 at Empire Control Room, located at 606 E. 7th St. Austin’s own Applied Pressure and Corduroi open the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. 18+ only. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of the show. Purchase advance tickets online here.