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Stealthily creeping around the limelight, native New Yorker Dadras has contributed to a range of creative spheres this year, from New York Fashion Week showcases to co-writing A$AP Rocky's, “Dreams” - not to mention his brilliant solo debut, Rubaiyat I. Now, Dadras is set to release his forthcoming Rubaiyat II on October 9th via Human Pitch.
Rubaiyat II is the warm and vibrant follow-up to it’s dark, mutated counterpart Rubaiyat I. Throughout the album Dadras illuminates a mind-altering cross-section of experimental house and hip-hop sound collage. Bubbling with cryptic found sounds, whirring percussion, and dubbed-out low-end, Dadras’ most lush productions to date evoke a mysterious tropical escape–an island utopia floating in a sea of darkness. Murky waters are explored on the cavernous “Ghost Ship”, but Dadras opts mainly to blast his listeners with heavy doses of concentrated sun, from the scorched “Earth Don’t Stop Here”, to the golden haze of “Hollywood” and “Kept On Living”.
What distinguishes Dadras from even the most imaginative beatmakers (as evidenced further in his live performances) is his virtuosity as a drummer. Live machine-gun snares and serpentine cymbals can be heard on “Whirlpool”, “Surf Rat”, and “Ouroboro”, merging with their programmed percussive counterparts. Splashes of minimalist vocals on “Hollywood” and the droning dancefloor epic, “Faust”, expand on this human touch, giving the album an intimate, naturalistic feel and placing right at home in the sonic sphere of label head Rioux, who contributed guitars and mastered the record.
2015 will mark the first year we glimpsed the rise of the multi-faceted talent that is Alex Dadras. Unconfined by genre, Dadras operates in uninhibited, prolific fashion: it is a rare creative force that puts forth two full-length albums in his first year on the scene. If Rubaiyat I wasn’t enough, pt. II solidifies the case that Dadras is someone to whom our eyes and ears should be fixed for a long time to come.
Hartzine Features RUBAIYAT II
DUMMY streams RUBAIYAT II
Mass Appeal Premiered "Kept On Living"
DADRAS Interview + "Hollywood" Premiered on Impose
DADRAS premieres "Earth Don't Stop Here" on DUMMY
DADRAS Interviewed on Mass Appeal
DADRAS shares “Cool Summer" Mix on Impose
“Mormon Disco” Reviewed on XLR8R
“Mormon Disco”: XLR8R’s Top Downloads of March
“Peaches” Reviewed on Earmilk
RUBAIYAT I: Streaming on Entertainment Weekly
RUBAIYAT I Reviewed on Nosferatune
“Polygraph” on Bandcamp Weekly
01. Earth Don't Stop Here
03. Kept On Living
08. Surf Rat
09. Ghost Ship
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