Daryl Donald- Kept (album)

Centering his sound around cooly emotive tones and spacious soundscapes, producer Daryl Donald strikes a distinctly ambient-breakbeat chord with his debut album Kept. From the start, the all-instrumental affair creates a far-reaching, late-night vibe with the aptly titled album opener "Planets". Through the use of lush keyboards and stripped down rhythms, the track conjures up images of star filled skies, swirling galaxies, and drives the listener into an almost cosmic headspace. The set's mellow introduction is immediately followed by a spacey head-nodder called "Science", which blends thickly layered synthesizer melodies over a rock-solid drum break foundation. Donald continues to keep things laid-back throughout the project with slow burning groovers like "Aura" and "Rain" yet still provides grittier touches with hip-hop laden cuts like "Softly" and the standout bonus track "Aesthetics". With Kept  producer Daryl Donald has put together a sweet {albeit too short) debut album that creates a sprawling downtempo tone. Dope work from the young beatmaker out of Scotland.
For Fans of... Code 4109 by DJ Krush | Soulmates by NobodyPeople, Places and Things by Slide Five


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