Following the release of his 2021 EP OASIS (Prelude), Parisian producer Darius has released his new single, “NOTHING TO ME” featuring Kadhja Bonet today. Listen to the track now below.
A cosmic electro-soul ballad of a track, “NOTHING TO ME” builds to a powerful climax before slowly falling back to the loop of an enchanted harp. By inviting Bonet on the track, Darius once again demonstrates his willingness to reinvent his house roots and experiment with new soulful sounds. Of the collaboration, Darius says, “I have been in awe of Kadhja Bonet’s project since her first albums ‘The Visitor’ and ‘Childqueen.’ From the very first listen, I was touched and obsessed with her angelic voice and her soulful, sixties pop compositions with a transcendent heart that reminded me of the jazz vocal group, The Singers Unlimited…I’m really proud of [this track] and to have ﬁnally been able to create something with an artist I admire.”
California-based multi-instrumentalist, Kadhja Bonet – signed to Ninja Tune – has collaborated with renowned artists such as SiR, Childish Gambino, Anderson Paak, and The Free Nationals, and has earned her place as a bit of a sensation on the neo-soul scene. Bonet has garnered praise from both national and international press such as NPR, The Guardian, Complex, Les Inrocks, Fip, Nova, L’express, and more.
Inspired by the mid-tempo, filtered French Touch of Daft Punk, Cassius, Stardust and others, and taking additional cues from funk, disco and R&B, Darius’ music avoids the central reliance on samples that characterizes the work of so many other artists working within that space. Instead, he builds his interpretation of French House around mental landscapes, full of symbolism and arrangements that move with a dreamlike logic, suffused with spacious breaks that spread out infinitely before your ears and immersive, echoing synth pads, a kind of cosmic, star-filled romanticism. A longtime stalwart of influential French label Roche Musique (FKJ, Wayne Snow, Cezaire) since making his debut in 2012, the discrete producer has amassed tens of millions of streams and garnered recent praise from KCRW, Fader, Complex, Clash, HYPEBEAST, Flaunt and more.
Growing up, Darius’ mother would constantly play music around the house that left a mark on him, including George Michael, George Benson, Sade, CeCe Penniston, Robin S, Kool & The Gang, Fat Larry’s Band, Daft Punk… to name just a few. Early exposure to such an influential range of voices, sounds, and instrumentations instilled a need to expand upon and nourish those worlds. With that, Darius looks inwards and towards trusted collaborators to create these gorgeous sonic collages as utopias to escape into. As a multidisciplinary creative – producer, photographer and visual artist – he’s able to connect that sonic journey with the aspects of his art we can frame on our walls or watch on our screens in this tangible world. Stay tuned for Darius’ 2022 US tour dates to be announced soon…