If you love future bass, you should know of Daktyl by now. If you don’t, it’s time to get acquainted. Daktyl has been on my list of favorite producers since The EDM Network’s ‘Future’ Soundcloud account was called ‘Chill Trap’. Oh man, I just dated myself… to around this time last year when I got deep into exploring Future Bass as a genre. This is a sound movement that seems to have its roots firmly in the UK. While this is pure speculation one my part, I like to think Future Bass is an evolution out of Dubstep. While over here in the U.S. we took dubstep and made it as heavy as it could be until it went too far and died all together, across the pond Dubstep blossomed into a dreamy new genre, picking up some influence from trap and future garage on the way.
Last week, Daktyl posted his remix of Maya Payne‘s ‘If Only’ as a free download, and I think it plays homage to some of the most classic Dubstep roots while pushing Future Bass into some new territory at the same time. That makes it a Must Listen. A beautiful vocal lead in gives way to an Eskmo-like percussive run before the track drops into old school UK dubstep style vocal anthem. I was instantly reminded of La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix), a that track holds a special place in the heart of any dubstepper who was in the scene back in 2009. It brought a smile to my face. The loose Eskmo reminiscent percussion, replacing claps and hats with interesting sounds, continues throughout the track and I have to commend Daktyl for his use of it. Though this kind of percussion is nothing new at this point, Daktyl uses it very well to make this track stand out out from the future bass norms of simple drum machine percussion.
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