Parisian producer Darius today shares his Oasis (Prelude) EP via Roche Musique (FKJ, Cezaire, Wayne Snow), listen HERE.
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 discreetly-working producer has garnered praise from KCRW,Fader, Complex, Clash, HYPEBEAST, Flaunt and more, amassed millions and millions of streams and provided popular remixes for Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, and more.
Kicking off with the acclaimed “EQUILIBRIUM with Wayne Snow” the Oasis (Prelude) EP is a sonic journey through worlds both deliberately and organically molded in the minds and capable hands of Darius and his collaborators. Beyond being an expert at building his own soundscapes, Darius also has an exceptional ear for spotting and working with promising talent. His most recent single “RISE (feat. Stones Throw’s Benny Sings)” feels as though you’re placidly floating above everything and everyone else, outside of time and space, like the coolest Parisian club night set on the International Space Station. The rest of the Oasis (Prelude) EP continues to take you on that journey, with adrenaline-filled features from the likes of Duñe, Amaria, and Flwr Chyld.
Of his process, Darius explains, “I try to get into a creative routine by doing two or three-week solo residencies twice a year, often in houses in the countryside. Each time I bring back all my equipment to create a new temporary studio. I think anyone should take the time, or find the time, to be away from the cities for a while, in a new landscape to reconnect with nature and especially with themselves. Most of the time it’s also to allow me to do other things than music, cooking, walking, drawing, writing, meditating. Even all this together is meditation when you are alone in the quiet.”
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.
Oasis (Prelude) by Darius is out now, buy/stream it here.
1. EQUILIBRIUM FEAT. WAYNE SNOW
2. RISE FEAT. BENNY SINGS
3. FEELS RIGHT FEAT. DUNE
4. FADED FEAT. AMARIA
5. CAN’T LET GO FEAT. FLWR CHYLD