Dauwd's music could be used to sell cars or diamonds, soundtrack either breakups or declarations of love, soothe on a long flight or propel a discerning dance floor. There's something lovingly medium about his tracks, "Ikopol" specifically, that allows them to shift between all sorts of genres, never quite turning aggressive though never navel-gazing in an arty deconstruction of electronic music. While neither of those extremes are something to be avoided by the right artist, it's surprisingly bold to make the choice to stay paced, build slowly and never clunk you on the head with a drastic point. There is a heart to "Ikopol" that pumps steadily throughout the song, and as different themes come and go, it's easy enough to forget how far along in the song you've made it. The best way to make that true is to play it on repeat while you work, that's what I've been doing. It makes the day better. It's out soon on a limited 12-inch from Pictures Music.
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