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Daktyl Dazzles with His Debut 'Cyclical' LP

There’s no denying that Mad Decent is one of the most iconic dance imprints in the world, thanks to the outspoken nature of its boss, Diplo. Year after year, Mad Decent is one the hunt for up-and-coming, out-of-the-box producers to welcome to its family, and their latest output comes courtesy of the UK-based producer, Daktyl.

Fresh off the announcement of his upcoming debut appearance at HARD Summer, Daktyl’s path to stardom started similar to many other producers. As a child, he taught himself how to play multiple instruments, before stumbling across the digital audio workstation, Reason, which piqued his interest and sowed the seeds for his future. Early on in his career, Daktyl could have continued on his path and found success in mainstream dance music, but the talented multi-instrumentalist discovered his true passion off the beaten path and embarked on a journey of individualism, in terms of his music. Armed with his personal take on the future bass movement sweeping dance music, Daktyl linked up with the Hegemon collective, and from there, Mad Decent tabbed him as their next star, and his career took off.

Daktyl’s debut Cyclical LP is unlike the typical booty-shaking, twerk-banger that many have come to expect out of Mad Decent, rather the 11-track LP draws attention to many of Daktyl’s musical inspirations, like fellow UK-producers, Caribou and Skream. From the “Legacy,” the intro track of the LP, to the closing track, “Stay,” Daktyl takes listeners on an aural journey with his vast knowledge of instrumentation and solid grasp on crafting beautiful soundscapes.

Tracks like “Forgettable,” “Temptress,” and the title track of the LP, “Cyclical,” are beautiful vocal offerings without trying too hard to adopt the signature booty-bouncing nature of Mad Decent, as Daktyl weaves together ethereal vocals with subtle percussion arrangements to give these tracks a breezy, carefree aura. Others like “Haze” pack a bigger punch, as Daktyl bring a hard-hitting bass line together with a womping breakdown. Make sure to pick up your own copy of Cyclical on iTunes here.

In addition to his debut LP, Daktyl’s delivered another special treat, in the form of a NestHQ minimix, which features tracks from Mr. Carmack, Lapalux, Alison Wonderland, Babel, and more. You can stream the entire mix below:

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