|Just when you start to think the world is blessed with enough musical categories, genres and sub-genres, a press release arrives which lightly implants another one in your consciousness. For instance, LA-based musician Daedelus' new full-length Denies The Day's Demise is, according to its accompanying missive, possibly the world's first shining example of "electro-tropicalia".
But any snorts of derision directed at such journalistic hyperbole are likely to be rapidly swallowed once you let Denies The Day's Demise speak for itself. For while Daedelus' accomplished first outing may have brought to mind block parties, uprocking and big trousers, this time things have taken a thoroughly Latin bent. There's the riotous 'Sundown', with its samples of a stadium audience and use of a full Brazilian bloco band, and the multi-layered Bontempi bossa of 'Nouveau Nova'. Elsewhere, 'Viva Vida' brings in downtime carnival atmospheres, and Daedelus shows off his famous bass clarinet skills over the beautifully broken beats of 'Bahia'. All in all, Denies The Day's Demise, with its musically hyperactive medley of nods towards tropical climes, is a collection which proves conclusively that, while his ancient Greek namesake's offspring may not have benefited from flying too close to the sun, the modern-day Daedelus is all the better for embracing it. - Tune Tribe