Cold Busted presents Exquisite Spirits, the latest from D.Dahlinger, a
self-described “Northern California-bred, Japan-based dusty dollar/
yen bin loop digger.” The follow-up to 2016’s debut album Brisk Temps
(and his appearance with Pigeondust on Cold Busted’s Only On Vinyl 2
compilation), Exquisite Spirits is another brilliant exercise in tough, boombap beats at meditative tempos and engaging sample source genreclashes. D.Dahlinger’s influences are wide-ranging, with Paul’s Boutique and Paid In Full hotly tipped alongside psych-rock and shoegaze, as well as the attitudes of west coast skateboarding culture thrown in. A relocation to Japan also created noticeable inspiration, giving the music a wandering flavor that often feels like solemn exploration.
A prime example of D.Dahlinger’s distinctive sound is the curiously titled “B,” which dreamily combines glistening harps, compressed vinyl noise, and lovely piano over a solid beat foundation. There’s also the pensive build of “Color Scheme 13,” with a gentle flute that deceptively calms the listener before the approaching sonic storm; the molasses intro of “Wind Back Up” which increases in tempo to reveal an intricate construction of samples and melody; and the deft trip hop thump of “Anyone’s Out There,” featuring layers of D.Dahlinger’s trademark hypnotic embellishments. Exquisite Spirits lives up its name, being both haunting and hard-toignore ... beats designed for the ages.
1) Rise Early
3) Faceslap Aspiration
4) Too Many Delectable Things
5) Color Scheme 13
6) Drums of Dol
7) Wind Back Up
9) Anyone’s Out-There
10) 2nd First Train