In an era of homogeneous hip hop, the music of Kieren Dickins – better known as his on-stage alter ego DELS – comes as a breath of proverbial fresh air. DELS’ signature sound belies a truly eclectic range of musical influences, from his days in a two-step garage band as a teenager, to a long-standing creative partnership with Joe Goddard (from electro-pop wonder team Hot Chip), multi–instrumentalist Kwes and pop maverick Micachu. The resulting product is a unique mishmash of squelchy bass lines, tinkering keys, syncopated drums and the occasional steel pan, all juxtaposed by DELS’ infectiously languid flow.

It’s a sound that is fast gaining recognition amongst music heads the world over, and has seen DELS tour Europe with Hip Hop eccentrics MF DOOM & Yo! Majesty, and play at festivals including Glastonbury, Transmusicales and Big Chill. DELS is getting ready to release his debut album ‘GOB’, scheduled to be released in April 2011.

(Words, Phoebe Lovatt   /  Photo, Gavin Thomas)

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