Daktyl has continued to climb new heights after bursting into the EDM-sphere with superb remixes to records like Autograf’s “Metaphysical” and Flosstrodamus’ “Rebound,” and also with last summer’s career-defining release of his Act of Hesitation EP.
Now, the LA-based producer and multi-instrumentalist returns with his second major project signed to Counter Records. The seven-piece effort is aptly titled Riyaaz, after an Urdu expression meaning to practice something you love musically every day — a process which shines in the detail of his well-crafted, diverse project.
Riyaaz takes on a more personal and stripped down approach than Daktyl’s previous records; for instance, in the use of his own vocals and world instrumentation on the single, “Commit,” and in the brooding beats and sweeping, reflective vocals of “Monochrome,” featuring MOONz.
The blossoming talent had the following to say about the significance of the project for his life and how listeners can utilize it’s messages for their own lives.
“This EP is about the love of making music, but also about the sacrifice that that can entail” explains Daktyl. “[E]very individual can take what they want or need from a song… it can mean something different to everyone”.
Those questioning whether electronic music producers are “real musicians” say no more, because Daktyl is here to silence naysayers. The UK-born, LA-based artist performed his track “Unseen,” a selection from his The Act of Hesitation EP, live with instrumentals while JJ Draper performed vocals. The producer plays the guitar, the keyboard, the xylophone, a MIDI controller, and pad among other instruments during the performance — in addition, he also provides some vocal contributions of his own.
To say the performance is a spectacle would be an understatement, as Daktyl displays mastery of more than six instruments throughout the course of the video. Daktyl will be on the road with Big Wild this winter where fans will be able to see him perform live.
UK export Daktyl has retained his quickly rising status with a number of triumphs this year. With his most notable accolade being his performance at this year’s Do Lab stage at Coachella followed by his signing to Counter Records for the release of his Act of Hesitation EP, the young up-and-comer is a force to be reckoned with in today’s evolving dance music realm.
Daktyl maintains his momentum with the release of his most recent single, “Monochrome,” featuring the talented songstress MOONZz. Leading in with sweeping, reflective vocals, the track lifts off with a defined composure. Succinct percussion and brooding beats form a solid foundation as MOONZz’s voice fills the track with a lucid aura, taking the song to delectable heights.
Daktyl has staked his claim in the dance music industry over recent years with a long series of notable successes. The Los Angeles-based producer released his bass-heavy debut album, Cyclical, in 2015 on Mad Decent, and has created a number of noteworthy remixes for artists like Flosstradamus, Autograf, Major Lazer, and ODESZA. With each release, the young artist has managed put forth a very lucid and accessible form of self-expression.
While quite notable, Daktyl’s rise in the scene has been relatively covert. After the release of his debut record, the artist returned to the studio full-time to pursue a new direction his music – a decision that would ultimately bring him to discover a newfound depth in his production. Regarding his career shift, the producer notes the following:
“I was going in a direction I wasn’t completely happy with 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.”
Daktyl’s artistic endeavors now sees its day with the announcement of his recent signing to Ninja Tune’s Counter Records imprint – a platform on which he will release his new EP, “The Act of Hesitation,” due out June 20. Alongside the announcement, the artist delivers the titular track of the project, a ruminating piece that fully encapsulates the producer’s developing realm in his music.
“The Act of Hesitation” introduces an organic sound that assesses various facets of experimental electronic music with pop and indie influences. With the help of vocalist Krrum, the track lays out a nostalgic foundation with hopeful tendencies, obtaining an alternative sonic edge that proves Daktyl is in a league of his own.