Bespoke

Release date
11 Apr 2011
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
41:35

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Daedelus with Milosh - Tailor-Made 4:40 7
2 Daedelus - Sew Darn Mend 4:15 851
3 Daedelus with Inara George - Penny Loafers 4:25 8
4 Daedelus with Young Dad - One and Lonely 4:16 7
5 Daedelus - Suit Yourself 3:35 8,095
6 Daedelus with Busdriver - What Can You Do? 2:53 7
7 Daedelus with Baths - French Cuffs 3:40 7
8 Daedelus with Kelela Mizanekristos - In Tatters 3:17 7
9 Daedelus - Slowercase D 6:15 6,377
10 Daedelus with Bilal - Overwhelmed 3:38 6
11 Daedelus - Nightcap 0:41 5,848

About this album

Daedelus - Bespoke (ZEN169)
Released 04/04/2011

After a busy couple of years of touring, remixing and releasing singles and EPs with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw, Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus returns with his new full length album on Ninja Tune, Bespoke, a title summing up the unique and eccentric vision of a musical artist as obsessed with the clothing of the Victorian era as he is with the music of the future.

Bespoke is defined as “a term employed to mean an item custom-made to measure.” Darlington explains that “I not only intended it as a reflection of the LP itself, but also an outlook on life.” It’s Daedelus’ way of stating that it’s possible to grow and flourish as a musician without settling for the drab factory pre-sets of genre.

The album features vocal talent “from all around this current music mess” (as Darlington puts it). The wobble-bottomed “Overwhelmed” features acclaimed soul singer Bilal. Inara George (of The Bird and The Bee) illuminates the woozy psychedelia of “Penny Loafers” with nursery rhyme clarity. Kelela Mizanekristos adds an aching soulfulness to late night ambience on “In Tatters”, whilst the spooked steel drum and tabla montage of “French Cuffs” provides the perfect atmosphere for Baths (aka Will Wiesenfeld). Sometime fast rapper Busdriver shows he can croon on the up-tempo latino-carnival-house of “What Can You Do?” and Amir Yaghmai (appearing as Young Dad) offers clean and melancholy post-Mozza melody to the disturbed under-pinning of “One and Lonely”.

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