Fair Weather Friends
Vinyl EP Record
Alfred Darlington aka Daedelus has embarked on a journey in a new direction. Renowned for making cerebral, baroque electronic music and dressing like a Victorian dandy the "Fair Weather Friends" EP is Daedelus embracing stripped-back, funky, fucked-up dance music. And it feels good... Alfred himself describes it as "minimal Daedelus, sleek and laughably sexier". Informed by playing for European audiences, "who want dance music at the top of their night," the EP is the most direct and dancefloor-friendly work of his remarkable and varied career. Title track "Fair Weather Friends" is held together by a vocal sample of a young lady explaining "when the weather gets warm we get the same things on our minds as you boys do." But the ballast of the track revolves around drums 'n' claps that wouldn't sound out of place on a Go! Team record and an insistently catchy keyboard riff. But it doesn't end there. "My Beau" (a re-imagined, re-sung re-work of Ghost Town DJ's "My Boo") is possibly the most shocking departure. Utterly fresh, it combines bass rhythms with great swathes of squelch and a beautifully mashed-up r&b vocal. "Hermitage" manages to keep the electro-squelch aesthetic of the EP while incorporating rock elements and a driving four to the floor. "El Subidon" goes a little bit more techno while "Bonjour" is pure jack with more sweet, electronic melodies. Overall, whatever Daedelus plays around with - and on this EP he resists the temptation to play around too much - it has a warmth and a beauty to it which could only come from one place. "I'm still from the Golden State, from Los Angeles," he's happy to explain. Feel the warmth...