Love to Make Music
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2008 release by Daedelus of Love To Make Music, the Los Angeles musician's best and most playfully accessible album yet. Guests include Grammy Award-winning rapper Paperboy, producer Michael Johnson (The Lilys, Holopaw), Taz Arnold and Om'mas Keith (Sa-Ra), N'fa (1200 Techniques crew), and chanteuse Erika Rose. 15 tracks. Ninja Tune.
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Daedelus is no different. I've listened to my share from Snowdonia to his collaboration with Busdriver/Radioinactive as The Weather, to The Long Lost with Laura Darling. I equate all of Dadelus' work as wine, honestly. Every bottle is distinct and you have to appreciate it for what it is when drinking it in. 'Love To Make...' shows what was bouncing around in his head that specific year; mainstream club beats a' la Alfred. With heavy bass thumpers like 'Twist the Kids' and 'Touchtone' to airy, synthy Xanadu-esque 'If We Should' and 'I Car(ry) Us', you get a distinct feel of intelligent mainstream that can reach anyone if they appreciate a good beat.
I'm pretty happy Daedelus took a mainstream route this time around. To be honest, I didn't think he could; most artists stay in their niche and are too afraid to venture out and do something unfamiliar. Daedelus proved to me that he can honestly do any genre and make it a trip to listen to.
Here's to a great year; can't wait for the next bottle.
As I said, a few of these tracks have the laid-back yet innovative feel of Denies The Day's Demise, but most of them are based either around dance or hip hop beats, sometimes even with rappers instead of sampled vocals. He does a good job of mixing up these types of tracks, but the result is a lack of cohesion. Where Demise felt like a story, this feels like a collection of ideas, or maybe a bunch of short stories with little in the way of thematic connection.
I can't argue with the first review of this album, that Daedelus makes more dance music here. The production is still layered and whimsical, but the songs feel more straightforward and less organic than previous albums. The tracks from Love he played live were twisted beyond recognition into bangers or mind-warping sample-fests. Having a recording of that performance would be much more fulfilling than the starter-tracks here.
Daedelus' other albums are more experimental and some are interesting but many are failed experiments. Nothing wrong with that but this album is tight and polished yet still loose and funky. It's a phenomenal listen start to finish, his best work yet and possibly one of the best electronic albums of 2008.
- DJ Bylamplight
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