HYPE: Ifan Dafydd

Since I attended the brilliant Gilles Peterson’s Award Show at KOKO mid-January, I resolved to become a much more consistent listener of his weekly radio show, even if it is on from 2-4 AM. Listening this week, I was not disappointed. Superb new tracks from MJ Cole and Homebase, as well as part of a live James Blake session, that was finished on Zane Lowe’s show with the now blog-famous Joni Mitchell cover, yet there was one track that really caught my attention. Ifan Dafydd, whom Peterson gave no introduction, and his track “No Good”, which samples Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good”, made my ears prick up. Similar in nature to James Blake’s Harmonimix work, it also bears resemblance to Mount Kimbie, easily categorised amongst the other “Post-Dubstep” artists. As the song ended, Peterson gave the song a name and an artist. He then, frustratingly, said “Don’t ask me any more”, which lead me on a flurry of online searches to no avail. It took an out-of-the-blue tweet from Ifan Dafydd himself for me to find out anything else, who maintained keeping a low profile before linking me to another song, “Treehouse”, featured as part of an online mix which you can listen to below. All this mystery and intrigue, coupled with such a brilliant song has got me seriously interested and after listening to the track below, I hope you’ll feel the same. If the rest of Ifan Dafydd’s material is this captivating, we can expect big things.

The rest of Peterson’s fantastic weekly show can be heard here, a show I seriously recommend you check out.

Radio Rip of “No Good”
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Tim Shaw February 2011 Mix Feat. “Treehouse” (the first song).
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  1. [...] 1 in February and there’s still little to no info on the artist available (Gilles Peterson reportedly gave only the title and artist name and said “Don’t ask me any more”). The track [...]

  2. AxM wrote:

    Well worth the hype.
    Heard him on KCRW for the first time. Not sure if it was on Anthony Valadez’ show or Aaron Byrd’s.

    If you love GP’s show, then you should definitely check out AV and AB.