He has the best name in electronica. I'm not even on about Daedelus, although borrowing your name from the Greek mythological craftsman and tragic inventor who, like this Daedelus, was so skillful he could event images, seems like the most appropriate name for this hugely impressive producer and musician.
I'm on about his real name, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, LA resident, dandyism enthusiast and international globe-trotting man of mystery.
His music is a squelchy mash-up of beautiful sounds and beats that'll keep your head nodding for weeks. He is both the most modest and humble yet massively exciting sample-basher you'll witness. See him live and it takes you to another dimension. There's no hiding behind laptops as if he's googling the local cinema listings for this man; he invented a sampler-box-thing that lights up at his command. You actually see the samples being triggered and layered on top of each other to create electro-hip-hop cuts like no one else around. There's nothing tragic about this Daedelus.
Collaborations with hip hop luminaries MF Doom and Busdriver have wowed all who've heard them, and with the release of yet another excellent album in Love to Make Music To on the ever dependable Ninja Tune label, there's more collaborations that shine through in this one. Does he find it a liberating process working with different mcs?
"Any guest producer's touch is always a reveal, and an emcee's that much more so. I'm not one for putting words in another's mouth, and when some meaning is made, say about ill villains, in the case of MF Doom, or a relationship that won't leave alone [Paperboy on Touchtone from the latest record] it is something I need to carry in the spirit of the song from then on."
Inspiring each other in the studio, the new album is full of guests to make a colourful, joyfl long-player. This time I was lucky enough to be sent it by a radio plugger, but I first heard Daedelus randomly, when a chance spotting of his Of Snowdonia album got the better of me and i had to hear it.
The closing track on said album is called Hiraethus, a uniquely Welsh word that briefly translates to 'longing for something', or 'missing the homeland'. How does one of the world's finest producers get to hear of Snowdonia, let alone name a track Hiraethus?