Making an eclectic debut on Art Of Dark is Essex, England DJ and producer DAWL. His house, breaks and electro-tangential style is on full display in the four-track Something’s Going to Happen EP. The 12-inch vinyl record released on July 27th, 2020.
The title track pairs 8-bit sound design elements with distorted vocal samples to yield a compelling minimal house cut. “Compute” and “Rhythm Activated” encapsulate a more breakbeat electro-leaning iteration of the DAWL sound, with “Project 3” closing out the EP with a hint of hardcore techno. Gritty nostalgia and hip-hop influence are among the common threads tying the effort together as a cohesive whole.
Despite his scarce presence on most social media platforms, DAWL (real name Darren Woollard) is well-respected among in-the-know techno/house fans. The Tone Dropout label boss routinely puts out true-to-tradition dance music while keeping it innovative enough to avoid redundancy.
Art Of Dark are a suitable label for Woollard’s latest work. An event brand catering to fans of minimal and electro breaks, they expanded to the recording industry in 2018 according to Trommel.
Purchase the Something’s Going To Happen EP in vinyl format via deejay.de.