Darius fist album Utopia, available in 2LP format (black vinyls), gatefold and inner sleeve.
Darius is among those young artists who make you realize how much the electronic music scene has entered a new era. Signed on Roche Musique, Darius uses his machines like others once played their instrument to express their time and their emotions. His first album ‘Utopia’ is entirely electronic, but reminds us of great soul or psychedelic records as much as it does electro music.
Utopia, with its minimal sound palette and striking coherence, is an album you listen to in one breath. Vocalists E^ST, Max Jury and Wayne Snow joined Darius for the project, giving the whole project a powerful vocal breath.
Despite the wide landscape it deploys, Utopia is not maximalistic: its range of emotions is simple, direct; they caress the ears and bring out their blues. The album is a world of music invented and fantasized, hence the Utopia. It digs in 60s or 70s classic repertoire such as soul, Californian pop, German and African psychedelia. At the same time it speaks today’s languages, post-Dilla hip-hop, digital dancehall, or early 2000s British breakbeat. You’ll also catch an echo of 90s Bristol, in the way it makes melancholy voluptuous, almost desirable, and finds vital energy in despair.
Without ever following these rules to the letter, Darius’ LP is both sobre and ample, generous. It flutters along patterns and moods, and only obeys one rule: that of a musical private diary.
Just our luck that this sensitive and reserved young man agreed to share a few of its pages, and that they resonate so well with us.
A1. Darius – Aube
A2. Darius – Echo ft. Max Dury
A3. Darius – Night Birds ft. WAYNE SNOW
A4. Darius – Carbon Dream ft. E^ST
B1. Darius – Cyan
B2. Darius – So Far So Good
B3. Darius – Carried Away ft. E^ST
A1. Darius – New Age
A2. Darius – Mountains
A3. Darius – Pyor
B1. Darius – Nebula
B2. Darius – Observer
B3. Darius – Lost In The Moment ft. WAYNE SNOW
B4. Darius – Bright Side