Dauwd to release debut album ‘Theory of Colours’ via Ninja Tune’s Technicolour imprint on 2nd June
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 Kompakt and Ghostly International, and whose debut album “Theory of Colours” will be released via Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour on June 2nd 2017.
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, “Theory of Colours” 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.
May 5th - TBA, LA, US
May 6th - Monarch, SF, US
May 13th - Good Room, NY, US
June 2nd - Funkhaus, Berlin, DE
June 16th - Newspeak, Montreal, CA
June 17th - Tall Ship Kajama, Toronto, CA
July 7th - Summer House Cafe, Mumbai, India
July 8th - Summer House Cafe, Delhi, India
July 9th - Tao, Bangalore, India
July 15th - Kilo Lounge, Singapore
B I Z Z A R R E
Dauwd- Theory of Colours
1. Macadam Therapy
4. Glass Jelly
5. Analogische Memories
7. Theory of Colours