Dakim Dena Day

SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH marked an extra special day here at jazner headquarters, located in sunny Pasadena, CA.  Numerically it translates into 6.26, which just so happens to be Pasadena’s area code.  So on this fine Dena Day, we celebrate some new music from Dakim, ntoo, a four track 2×7″ put out by Pasadena independent stalwarts Poo-Bah Records and available exclusively here.

ntoo touches down from a wide variety of angles and backgrounds.  Each track is a seamless patchwork of samples and beats that transition and weave into one another with noticeable yet silky ease.  Turntabilist and hip-hop elements spring at you with attitude, only to be followed up by beeping robotic bleeps, switchboard zips, woody drum claps, and the occasional female vocal cut.

“ntoo”, the final track, breaks out the gates with a frenetic, skiddling drum beat and showering synth full of momentum and force.  Halfway through, we’re flipped into reverse, jumbled sounds stumbling over one another in a confused disarray that’s salvaged and held together by a persistent beat and vocal sample seeing the track through to its end.

A hammer dulcimer breezes through “typeofblue” with an aggressive, lo-fi scattered techno beat carrying the track.

No digital samples of ntoo are available yet, so make the trip to Poo-Bah and wrap your arms around a copy for yourself and enjoy this offering.  In the mean time, check out Dakim’s site, as well as  “thekeep” from Wooly Set Dakim released on matthewdavid’s Leaving Records.  Also, check out Poo-Bah staffer Ras G’s mix that features Dakim’s “Somewhere Else” and other bangers from the LA beatscene kids.


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