Sounds Like: The golden age of dubplates, warmed up with IRL instruments and updated for the SoundCloud generation
For Fans of: SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, the old Digital Mystikz stable
Why You Should Pay Attention: This self-taught, London-based multi-instrumentalist born Rich Lonbay started off as a teen, going the usual guy-with-guitar route, playing covers of Bob Dylan and Rage Against the Machine. And then, in his first year at university, he discovered music software Reason. "This was a completely new way of seeing things and creating music," he says. "There was the ability to make anything into a sound, with sampling and resampling. I could record myself clapping or clicking and put those sounds into a soundscape." Melding live guitars, keyboards and vocals with bubbling bass, Daktyl quickly blew up on the SoundCloud remix "scene." That was enough to catch the eye of perrenial party label Mad Decent, who then commissioned him to remix tracks by Dawn Golden. When that set of reworks racked up over a million plays on SoundCloud, they signed Daktyl and are releasing his proper debut, Cyclical, on April 21st.
He Says: Daktyl's quick to name-check everyone from Caribou to J Dilla to Japanese hip-hop producer Nujabes as inspirations. But he's also proud to claim a place in a bass-music lineage that leads back to dubstep, before it became a dirty word. "I definitely got really into that whole scene, all the early kind of Digital Mystikz stuff, early Skream, early Benga, early Koki," he says. "Part of me wishes I could have been making music in that scene before it kind of died, because it would have been a really exciting time to be a musician."
Hear for Yourself: Cyclical's title track, featuring vocals by SPZRKT, mixes wistful, sadboy future-R&B with ecstatically crescendo-ing synths and stuttering snares. Arielle Castillo