Release Date: Oct 2, 2015
Record label: R&S / R&S Records
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Kwesi Darko has never been concerned with making trend-baiting music or even with fitting in for that matter. Where recent dance and electronic releases are easily filling up festival tents, Darko focused on trying to make something unique and personal and with a longer shelf life in mind. His music regularly colours outside of conventional lines, but it isn't a matter of being wilfully obscure or intentionally difficult so much as it represents a sincere desire to express himself as honestly as possible.
Since his breakthrough in 2009, Kwesi Darko – aka Blue Daisy – has been a bit of an enigma. He pops up here and there, surfaces for just a moment, then heads back to ground again. Darker than Blue, his second album, and first for R&S, sees Darko return to explore a deep, dark sonic territory that at first glance wouldn’t sound out of place on a post-metal album, or in some cases, a particularly harrowing David Lynch movie.
As is often the case with exciting alt-bass producers, Kwesi Darko arrived via Bristol's Black Acre imprint. Over the past five years, his percussively abstract releases as Blue Daisy have explored the synergy between dubstep, soul, grime and hip hop. Switching to the mighty R&S label, the immediate comparison to the North Londoner's second album is to that of Tricky's gloomier output in the late 90s.