Daroc is name you might not be familiar with. But after reading this you soon will be. It’s the guise of a unnamed Parisian producer, who can already call Kavinksy and Gaspard Auge fans of his work.
He quotes everything from Moroder to Pink Floyd as inspirations. His ‘Destination’ EP is quite unlike anything we’ve heard before. It starts with an electrifying opening, but from then on it dies a slow death like a ketno addict. It’s not a criticism (sure sounds like one), but it just mirrors the cycle of life a bit too much. Basically it’s all downhill from when you’re 21.
Thankfully, the most upbeat track is the first. With ‘Initial’ you get an early pay-off. Basically if you love Kavinsky this is for you. It’s what you’d call a drivers’ track. Brimming full of swaggering drums, burly synths and is every bit as good as anything we’ve heard from Kavinsky or Danger.
A wise man once said: life is too short. And this is the case with ‘Escale’ & ‘Sea Steria’. They’re a completely different proposition. They’re darker, more languid – evoking depressing post-acpocalytic imagery. They trundle along, drawing you in more and more via ever darker and increasingly depressing tones.
In many ways you might wish you’d just listened to ‘Initial’ but that would be a foolish move. The tempo does rises again with remixes from John Lord Fonda, who does his dark techno thing. But, the dark horse for us is the 4 Trakz Top Gun remix. It’s amazing. Probably the best track we’ve heard in a long time. Maybe, even better than ‘Initial’ – but that’s an argument for a different day.
‘Destination’ is great, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a proper journey, with a beginning, a middle and an end. But be prepared to be transported to a future where it rains a lot, nothing really works and everyone is dying. Oh wait, that sounds a lot like 2012. Ultimately Daroc shows us two alternate futures – let’s just hope we choose ‘Initial’.
HBF Rating 4/5
Out now via Metrophon.
File under: We’re all doomed.