Daktyl - the most recent signing to Counter Records, will release his new EP "The Act of Hesitation” on 20th June 2017. The title track, featuring the vocals of UK artist Krrum is available to stream & buy now.
Having cut his teeth remixing acts like Major Lazer, Halsey, Machinedrum and Japanese Wallpaper; the producer and multi-instrumentalist received early praise from the likes of Billboard, Rolling Stone (who listed him as one of their “Artists to Watch”) and Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ on Radio 1.
“The Act Of Hesitation” however represents a marked shift from the the bass-heavy, jungle-driven tracks for which he is best known. Facing a decision to move from his adopted home of London to the shores of Los Angeles, he found himself questioning not only whether to leave behind friends and family to pursue his career, but also where exactly he wanted that career to take him. "I was going in a direction I wasn't completely happy with” he explains "and hesitating a lot about whether to continue down that path or try to start on the creative path I've wanted to be on for years.” Having decided to make the move, he reacquainted himself with his singer-songwriter background, returning to a fundamental approach to his music - the result is a sonically distinct yet satisfying divergence from his previous material.
Nothing encapsulates this more so than the title track, with Daktyl describing it as “the most personal song on the EP", it features the vocals of UK artist Krrum - one of several contributors across the record who also include Dopecal, Micah Freeman, JJ Draper and Sweater Beats. Speaking of the track, Krrum added "It’s definitely one of our favourite collaborations so far. Daktyl had the name and instrumental for the track already, which we loved, and we used the title as inspiration for the lyrics. The instrumental has an old-school melancholy feel to it, which feels almost cinematic.”
Marking just the first in a series of new releases throughout the year - “The Act Of Hesitation” is out 20th June 2017 on Counter Records.
Perhaps the most peculiar thing upon meeting multi-instrumentalist and remix maven Daktyl is the ambiguous edge at which he stands as a musician who’s released records on bass-booming label Mad Decent, opened for such celebrated acts as ODESZA, Bonobo, and Giraffage, rubbed shoulders with Diplo, and produced remixes for powerhouse artists like Major Lazer and Halsey, and the quietly reserved yet highly perceptive artist that sits at the helm of that very same periphery.
It’s with this subdued insight that Daktyl has leapt into a new musical direction – one that sees him making a departure from the bass-heavy, jungle-driven tracks with which he’s cut his teeth, in exchange for a delicately subtle and organic sound characterized by equal parts simplicity and thorough exploration.
Not unlike other young artists, Daktyl began making beats as a teenager in the bedroom of his university dorm room and started casually posting them to Soundcloud where-- much to his initial surprise-- they quickly gained traction and garnered the attention of Mad Decent who promptly signed him to the label while he was still a sophomore in college. Struck with the realization that his music had the capacity to exceed the confines of his dormitory, he bought a ticket to the U.S. in the summer of 2014, rented a car, and booked his own tour across California. His enthusiasm soon captivated an even larger audience, and later that year he was invited to open for Slow Magic on their North American tour. In 2015 he was asked to join them again on their run with Giraffage, two experiences that strengthened his passion for travel – a subject which has become a guiding influence in most of his music.
After spending much of 2016 writing new music and playing shows, Daktyl is gearing up to release a series of EPs and singles on Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records. The new music will feature the likes of Aquilo, Janelle Kroll, Krrum & DUCKWRTH and Sweater Beats -- an impressive addition to his already prolific history of remixing artists like Flosstradamus and Autograf. Daktyl created the majority of the tracks in a small cabin hidden in the Yosemite woods; a place, he says, that offered welcome “isolation and inspiration while writing most of the new material.” Indeed, the forthcoming releases mark a monumental shift in Daktyl’s life; moving from his adopted home of London to Los Angeles, falling in love and confronting the inherent joys and pitfalls that follow, and--most notably-- reacquainting himself with his singer-songwriter background and returning to a fundamental approach to his music, all culminating into a sonically distinct yet satisfying divergence from his previous material.
At only 25, Daktyl has earned praise from longstanding music pillar Billboard magazine, secured a spot in Rolling Stone’s “Artists to Watch” feature, and was chosen as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ on Radio 1 for his track “Forgettable.” It’s an impressive list of accolades that prove he’s only just getting started. Hot off of his debut Coachella performance and his run supporting Bonobo on a string of dates throughout Europe and armed with a fresh sound and broadened outlook, it’s undeniable he’ll continue to inspire longtime fans and convert new audiences as he delves further into what’s already been an exhilarating ride.
Title: The Act of Hesitation
2. Explosions ft. Dopecal & Micah Freeman
3. Wasp 12b
4. The Act of Hesitation ft. Krrum
5. Unseen ft. JJ Draper