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Theory of Colours

by Dauwd

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Michael Feihstel
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Michael Feihstel This one surprised me. Deep, lush, dark tristesse that is built up by pleasingly simple, yet so effective, elements. Favorite track: Leitmotiv.
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Mali fucking sick breaks n bass for dayyyz inna glass jelly! gorgeous album - one of the best of 2017 shitting on the rest from a high height. Favorite track: Glass Jelly.
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SATY KALSI Deep luscious music that brings deep house-ambient and touches of techno together with a real feeling of thought in the music. A memorizing mellowing listen with just the right amount of head nodding groove that will keep you coming back to this album again and again!
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nirione Beautiful composition. Clean, neat and abstract, as usual. Sweet bass, lovely percussion and great work on mid/top synths. Hard for me to say more words about this album because it's a subliminal experience. I love this jazzy jam titled 'Unconscious'. Favorite track: Unconscious.
Ekin S.
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Ekin S. This release is slightly different to what I expected and yet Dauwds wonderfully unique signature is unmistakable in each track. This album is amazing.

Favourite track: Theory of Colours or Unconcious, haven't made up my mind yet.
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These days, to leave even the briefest of imprints on the ever-increasingly saturated orbit of dance music can be considered a feat in itself. To make a lasting mark, however, one that manages to cut through the onslaught of new music and artist profiles on spotlight each day, is another accomplishment entirely. Cue Dauwd, the US-born, Wales-raised artist who’s been releasing music for nearly 6 years on such noted labels as Ghostly International and Kompakt, and whose debut album Theory of Colours will be released via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour Records this June 2nd.

An integral member of the Berlin night and radio show African Acid Is The Future, Dauwd Al Hilali’s releases have been met with as much expectation as they have intrigue. Spending the last few years out of the limelight and in his Berlin studio, Dauwd’s music has continued to ripple through clubs as his singular, sometimes thrillingly uncertain process of experimentation has continued. Pulling inspiration from electronic music legends like Terry Riley, Raymond Scott, and the seminal Radiophonic Workshop period in the late 50’s and 60’s, Dauwd’s 2017 LP draws a unique line between influences as disparate as hazy Detroit house and early German Krautrock.

A skilled musical engineer, Dauwd’s ability to balance between such sprawling genres is, paradoxically, an exercise in restriction, finding creative freedom in limiting his own gear. It’s clear he’s no stranger to focus; sonically, Theory of Colours runs tightly wound, its loops intentional and layers meticulously built. Spanning a succinct forty minutes across seven tracks, Dauwd’s fondness for delays and love for vintage synthesizers characterize much of the album, which was recorded over the course of a year primarily in the Utrecht based Sonar Traffic studio that houses one of the largest collections of vintage synths and other modular equipment in all of Europe. The result is an intricate, scintillating journey that hovers between familiar and strange. For many artists, that enigmatic gap is one that’s anxiously avoided-- the fear of misidentity as a musician more important than the music itself. Throughout Theory of Colours, it’s a space Dauwd comfortably renders as his own.


released June 2, 2017



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