Reviews and Interviews

New Beats Media Review

New Beats Meadia is a UK based modern culture website with all the latest information about singers, bands, solo performers, venues, fans, labels, clubs and event organizers.

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Thus, with­out steal­ing or lazily recy­cling from other gen­res, ana­logue and dig­i­tal merge into an easy-listening flow of relax­ing tunes, as it hap­pens in Bright is my day, where Daddo’s voice and lyrics give their best. This is true in Love is the way, where in a bold encounter Emil Kunto’s accor­dion and Nel­son Latif’s cavaquinho keep teas­ing each other, result­ing in a tune mea­sur­ing up with the best Gotan Project’s performances. The tres­pass­ing into more upbeat rhythms of Oh my love, is also quite remark­able. Some jazzy cues in other tracks com­plete the picture.newbeatsmedia.com, nbm dev, Mar 2010

You can read the whole article here written by Lorenzo Marvulli

Interview with Mijke van Wijk on Radio6

Hiya all,

So what’s the news, today I got interviewed by Mijke van Wijk from NPS (Dutch National Radio) Radio6.
She picked up on Driftkikker whilst surfin and got curious about the whole lot behind it 🙂 Gave me a call and we had a most pleasant conversation about how things came to be.

For you who are not familiar with Mijke, here are few words about her:
Mijke’s Middag stands for a pleasant mix of energetic jazz and soul!
Mijke van Wijk lets you hear that jazz is not necessarily a ‘moaning music’: “Jazz is Hip. I oftenly see jazzbands that are turning the clubs upside down. That is the sort of music you can hear on my show. In about five years the whole Netherlands will be listening to jazz at home”, says Mijke van Wijk.

Regularly there are live bands on the show and present the latest tracks or projects. Next to that Mijke is keeping you updated about the most important developments in the Jazz, Soul and World.

You can listen online every working day as well @ http://radioplayer.omroep.nl/radio6
Wanna listen to it today go to http://radio6.nl/uitzending-gemist/
Or catch the previous shows @ http://player.omroep.nl/?serid=4863

RifRaf Review Feb.2010

Version NL
Driftkikker is een Nederlands collectief rond zanger/componist/multi-instrumentalist Daddo. Zijn werkwijze voor deze opname: een waslijst muzikanten uitnodigen en hen elk afzonderlijk een aantal stukken laten inspelen om vervolgens zelf het geheel aan elkaar te lassen. Toch is dit geen collage geworden maar een doordacht in elkaar gedraaid geheel. Een nachtelijke uitstap in de loungy schemerzones tussen (fusion)jazz, pop en r&b waarbij alle extremen ontweken worden maar wel met extra toevoeging van de juiste beats, grooves en soul. Geen Prefuse 73 dus maar eerder JSP-jazz met moderne tinten of zelfs in de sporen van George Michael (‘Love Is The Way’!). Daddo heeft weliswaar klassemuzikanten uitgekozen voor dit experiment. Onder hen gitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), accordeonist Emil Kunto (Mala Vita) en bassist Randy Winterdal (Dee Dee Bridgewater) terwijl de mastering in handen was van Wes Maebe (Sting, Roger Waters). Echt baanbrekend is het echter nooit. Dit is wel de perfecte soundtrack voor hippe clubs. Niet toevallig staat een van zijn tracks op een mixcompilatie voor een overbekend en duur automerk.

Version EN
Driftkikker is a Dutch collective around singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Daddo. His working method for this record : gather a list of  musicians and let each play pieces separately so that afterwards he would weld the whole on his own. Still, this has not become a collage, but the whole has been well thought through and twisted together in one. A nightly get off in the loungy shimmer zones inbetween (fusion)jazz, pop, and r&b where all extremes are avoided but with extra addition of the right beats, grooves and soul. Not a Prefuse 73 but more likely JSP-jazz record with a modern shades or even in the footsteps of George Michael (‘Love Is The Way’!). Daddo have indeed selected class musicians for this experiment. Among which a guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), accordionist Emil Kunto (Mala Vita) and the bass player Randy Winterdal (Dee Dee Bridgewater) while the mastering ended in the hands of Wes Maebe (Sting, Roger Waters). Really innovative it is not, however this is the perfect record for the hip clubs. Not by chance does one of his tracks stand on a mixcompilation for a very well known and expensive car brand.

http://www.rifraf.be/

Holland Centraal "LUMC"

On the typical Dutch day filled with pouring rain and gusts of wind yesterday I made it to the studio of the Holland Centraal, where I had a pleasure of meeting the wonderful Lianne who extended the invitation for the interview on her show Lianne’s Ultimate Music Choice (LUMC).
Due to the fact that I was stuck in the rain, I was somewhat late, but nevertheless I came in with enough time to spare for a decent interview. Liane is a great host and I really had a great time during my stay, so for all of you who are avid followers of her show, or listening to Holland Centraal occasionally, from now on you are able to hear some of the Driftkikker’s music on :
105.7 FM in the ether
88.1 FM on the cable

Interview @ RPL FM

Daddo was interviewed by RPL FM show called Afslag Woerden, presented by Maarten Verduijn the programme is focused on bringing the fresh news about culture and latest developments on the musical field, there was a lot spoken about the development of Driftkikker’s music, where do we go and how did we get there.
For all interested there is a chance to win the CD & T-Shirt if you send the mail to afslagwoerden[at]rplfm.nl
BEST OF LUCK TO Y’ALL !!!

Review by Speakers

Another Review came out the other day, this one came out in the “Speakers” magazine.
“Speakers” is a free popmagazine of South Holland printed by popunie.
This is what they say about “Coming of the light”

Contrary to what the name suggest Driftkikker makes relaxed trippy jazz.
Behind Driftkikker hides Daddo who not only wrote all of the material, but also to a large part played most of it himself. Daddo once went in the apprenticeship by the last protégé of Stephane Grapelli, Vitali Imerelli. With fifteen tracks Driftkikker delivers a complete album. Entirety sounds rather spherical, slightly similar with Saint Germain or the cd’s van Café del Mar. The tracks are very catchy and smooth to listen. This makes it also that there are not really tracks that stand out, but there is also no need for that. For me this is a real listening music, ideal for a sultry summer evening or perhaps in a lounge bar. In the meanwhile France, Hungary, Indonesia and New York have allready discovered Driftkikker. I only wonder myself if this as a live act can captivate, perhaps the music is too laid-back for that. In any case I know what will be in my cd-player this summer.

Original text by Gertjan Smit

En hier de Nederlandse versie van de text;

In tegenstelling tot wat de naam doet vermoeden maakt Driftkikker
rustige trippy jazz. Achter Driftkikker schuilt Daddo die niet alleen alle
nummers schreef, maar ook een groot gedeelte zelf heeft ingespeeld.
Daddo ging ooit in de leer bij de laatste protégé van Stephane Grapelli,
Vitali Imerelli.
Met vijftien nummers levert Driftkikker (more…)

LiveXS Review

New year, a new start !
This review is from one of the biggest monthly music magazines in the Netherlands, LiveXS, here is what it says (text translated from Dutch);

With this name I expected rather rock band then a nu-jazz group, my surprise is even greater when this disc makes it’s first spin. The combination of different styles like funk, soul and jazz sounds especially in the beginning musicaly good, a bit slick maybe, but especially very laidback. Big minus of the “Coming of the light” is the length, the young band is simply missing the quality to be able to captivate for 55 minutes. Should the record been shorter, then the impact of it would have been undoubtedly greater, now after a passing of time it becomes quite boring and dies out as a candle. Next to that the Dutch accent of the singer/rapper Daddo is sometimes on the edge of annoying.

– Lasts too long
+ Sound Laidback

written by Miguel Thannhauser for LiveXS January 2007

Nederlandse Versie

Bij deze naam verwacht ik eerder een rock band dan een nu-jazz gezelschap, mijn verbazing is dan ook groot waneer dit schijfje zijn eerste spin draait. De combinatie van verschillende stijlen als funk, soul en jazz klinkt vooral in het begin muzikaal goed, een beetje gladjes misschien, maar vooral erg laidback. Groot minpunt aan de “Coming of the light” is echter de lengte, de jonge band mist simpelweg kwaliteit om de 55 minuten te kunnen boeien. Had de plaat een stuk korter geduurd, dan was de impact ongetwijfeld een stuk groter geweest, nu wordt het na verloop van tijd toch wel erg saai en gaat de plaat als een nachtkaars uit. Daarnaast zit het Nederlandse accent van zanger/rapper Daddo soms op het randje van storend.
– Duurt te lang
+ Laidback geluid

geschreven door Miguel Thannhauser voor LiveXS January 2007

Review by FRET magazine

When I got the Driftkikker CD in my postbox, I thought in the first place that I had to review a Dutch hardcore punkband. Nothing could have been more further from the truth. “Coming of the light” is very relaxed album with trip-hop, jazz and rock influences. The tracks are composed and produced by audiovisual artist Daddo from Leiden. He sings/raps over a base of swinging beats, creative programming and ambient sounds. Whole has enough sharp edges and original angles to avoid established paths of the “Lounge”. The number “What” was already selected for mixtape by Mercedes Benz and I think that more tracks of this alternating album will find their way to compilations…Klik Hier om Nederlaandse versie te lezen !

Review by NTB

NTB (Nederlandse Toonkunstenaars Bond) is a Dutch Music Union, focused on supporting many different aspects of the music trade. This is being renowned as one of the most objective Institutions in the country, and many different publications of theirs are used by the musicians every day.
Here is what a reviewer of the quarterly magazine had to say about the Driftkikker’s Debut CD “Coming of the Light”
Translated from Dutch

Driftkikker is vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer Daddo who is joined by bass player Ned and drummer John Kakiay. They use Urban-mix of ambient, trip-hop, latin, funk, jazz and rock music based on tasteful grooves and programmed samples. Daddo is a good performer that half raps, half sings and engages rhythmically. We hear transverse motifs that clash against each other, but are tastefully kept at each other with always-steady beat. The album captivates from beginning to end, production sounds nicely fat with many trip elements so that this music will probably also hit it off on other planets as well. Driftkikker sounds, in contrast to what the name suggests, relaxing and will easily fit on all kinds of compilation-CD’s.

Original text in Dutch

Driftkikker is vocalist multi-instrumentalist componist Daddo die terzijde wordt gestaan door bassist Ned en drummer John Kakiay. Ze maken een Urban-mix van ambient, triphop, latin, funk, jazz en rock muziek gebaseerd op een smaakvol gebruik van grooves en geprogrammeerde samples. Daddo is een goede performer die halfrapt, halfzingt en ritmisch lekker loosgaat. We horen dwarse motieven die tegen elkaar aan clashen maar smaakvol bij elkaargehouden worden door een altijd steady beat. Het album boeit van begin tot eind, de productie klinkt lekker vet met veel trip elementen zodat deze muziek waarschijnlijk ook op andere planeten zal aanslaan. Driftkikker klinkt, in tegenstelling tot wat de naam suggereert, relaxt en past makkelijk op allerhande compilatie-CD’s.


written by rakenDra Smith for “Muziek Wereld” October 2006 nr.3

Mercedes-Benz mixed-tape 14

ooooooooouuuuuwaaaaaahh!!!
“What” just got accepted for an prestigious mixed-tape compilation by Mercedes-Benz.
You can download our track “What” and the whole compilation for free at MB mixed tape website

note: this compilation is downloadable till 05 Dec 2006 !!!

///TRACKLIST MB mixed-tape 14
01 magnetizing ……………………………………… marsmobil
02 desirable (ft vibe & josiane) …………………… seven & eightysix
03 love is pain ……………………………………….. midian
04 tipsy gipsy ………………………………………… lady sa’
05 grandhotelpiranesi ………………………………. napolitano lounge connection
06 goldfish ……………………………………………. lamb (jpn)
07 gone postal ……………………………………….. foley
08 sabada …………………………………………….. standec
09 what ……………………………………………….. driftkikker
10 without you ………………………………………. amplivibes
11 so kiss me and nobody else …………………… chinchin allstars
12 how long does long last? ………………………. mikrofisch
13 secret eye in the skye ………………………….. muet
14 anything anymore ………………………………. betty schön & band
15 outdoor games …………………………………… magic arm
here is the transcript of the interview with Daddo

Driftkikker / drift-kik-ker (de (m.)) – (Dutch) – literally: an impetuous frog –
metaphorically: someone impulsive, hot tempered and emotional.
Founded by audio/visual artist Davor Dedic in March 2005, Dutch collective
Driftkikker mix and match influences from urban, ambient, trip hop, latin, funk, jazz
and rock into pure, unadulterated nu jazz with a hint of pop. ‘My dad’s record
collection featured something like 4.000 LPs and I remember being absolutely
mesmerised by an old Blue Note compilation featuring Coltrane, Miles Davis,
Thelonius Monk and others.’
Ever since, Dedic has played in several teenage bands, co-founded his own art
gallery, started an interactive avant-garde performance project and played at The
Hague’s North Sea Jazz Festival and Tobacco Road in Miami (USA), among others.
Not bad for a boy who was once ‘turned down by a music school because they
claimed I had no talent.’
Now, as Driftkikker, he has assembled a few like-minded friends to fuse
contemporary sounds with his love of jazz. Following on from their debut single ‘Your
expression’, released just four months after the project’s inception, ‘What’ is a
refreshing piece of upbeat jazzy textures crossed with modern electronics.
And yet, Dedic reveals, there is a lot more to their music than talent, tenacity and
inspiration: ‘It takes plenty of discipline – it’s a job like any other, really, the only
difference are the working hours!’

Short info about the Mercedes Benz Mixed Tape

Moving music for moving people.
Mixed tape is following firmly in the tradition of lovingly compiled mixed cassettes which combine extraordinary musical moments extending beyond the commonly perceived genres of music….
Discover the creative free space with us: each Mixed Tape is the lenght of one CD and brings together 15 pieces from extraordinary international musicians