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Newark, New York NJ, United States (1998 – 2010)

dälek (pronounced ‘die-a-leck’) is a duo formed in Newark, New Jersey in 1998. The group comprises MC dälek (vocals) and the Oktopus (production). They have often toured with artists from radically different genres, such as Godflesh, Isis, Prince Paul, Melvins, De La Soul, RJD2 and Lovage.

dälek’s music is dark, noisy and atmospheric, equally inspired by industrial music like Einstürzende Neubauten, the layered noise of My Bloody Valentine and the dense sound collages of Public Enemy. Their sound is often constructed through sampling and a musical base atypical of most hip-hop, making it difficult for people to classify their sound. They have been described as trip hop, glitch-hop, and metal-shoegaze-hip-hop, as well as criticized for their broad range of sound.

MC dälek described the duo’s music to the Chicago Sun-Times:
“It’s purely hiphop, in the purest sense. If you listen to what hiphop has historically been, it was all about digging in different crates and finding different sounds, and finding different influences to create. If Afrika Bambaataa wasn’t influenced by Kraftwerk, we wouldn’t have ‘Planet Rock’. So, in that sense, what we do is strictly hiphop.”

“If there is a difference, it’s that the palette of sounds we work with is more varied than what has been called hiphop in the last 10 years. Somehow, as hiphop grew, it’s been put into this box. I think it’s funny when people are like “That’s not hiphop. It’s this and this and this.” You can try to rationalize it as whatever you want to rationalize it as.”

Studio albums:
• Negro Necro Nekros (1998)
• From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002)
• Absence (2004)


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  • LedDivision

    Nous saluons le retour! [2]

    Yesterday 6:51am Reply
  • Phasaa

    С возвращением!

    16 Apr 1:16pm Reply
  • jack_rae

    They've never sounded better <3

    6 Apr 9:25pm Reply
  • DrStrangeIove New Song+Video !!!!!!!

    4 Apr 7:15pm Reply
  • farewe1llnote

    but No Question is cool...

    6 Mar 6:39pm Reply
  • Jureiko

    Gutter Tactics is a grower. The sequencing could be better - it's off to a bad start with No Question which is one of their blandest songs, followed by Medgar Evers, unnerving claustrophobic noisy piece. honestly it would be better in the very end of the album

    5 Mar 12:30pm Reply
  • silentbodom91

    Gutter Tactics is definitely better than people make it out to be.

    24 Feb 5:57am Reply
  • Emosatan

    glad to hear they are back, it's a coincidence I started listening them again not long ago after four years of abandoning

    4 Feb 12:51am Reply
  • MissLovelyNora

    Europe tour announced! <3

    17 Jan 1:04pm Reply
  • Triliader

    they back!

    16 Jan 8:03am Reply
  • Jureiko

    new song fucking rules

    16 Jan 12:14am Reply
  • An9mar

    Fill Jackson Heights, the instrumental project of dälek's mc, has only a couple of listeners. the only possible explanation is that guys are too lazy to tag the 3 available files

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    The best hip-hop ever, along with Techno Animal's 'The Brotherhood of the Bomb'.

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Thurible

    Noise/Drone Hip Hop. Very solid shit!

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Self-MadeWolf

    New track is just brilliant. Can't wait for the new material.

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • noism

    they actually are

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • BradMan_106

    love Dälek, can anyone confirm if they are recording again? if so get damn hype

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • psychoviolence

    i've just understood how Gutter Tactics is fucking incredible. i dont know why i always ignored it

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • CrazyGringo3

    Деф Грипс - это такой хисторовский нью-рейвовский угар (любители солевых наркотиков оценят их творчество по достоинству), поэтому с Далеком (который позиционируется не только на злости, текста часто ориентированы на социально-политические темы) их как-то совершенно некорректно сравнивать.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    I don't get all these comparisons with Death Grips, to me dälek sounds nothing like Death Grips (or vice versa), except they've both been tagged as "industrial hip hop"

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
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