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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

Speaker Magazine Review

Hallo Hallo 🙂

So, the new review just came in, this time from a Dutch Free Musiczine “Speaker”
Speaker is a free popjournal that is spread bi-monthly to subscribers, existing band members and relations which are associated with the PopUnion. Speaker is also spread around the podiums and the club circuit, festivals, record and music shops, rehearsal rooms, recording studios etc.
You can read it online as well or download it as a PDF (only Dutch sorry)
http://www.speakermagazine.nl/
Next to that there is a streaming radio that features all of the reviewed artist from the last edition!
Popunie Radio

And for you living in Rotterdam you can walk down to the Centrale Bibliotheek and take a seat at the Luistertafel for all of the featured artists 🙂

Here is the transcription of a review and the English translation you can find right under.
Versie NL
Driftkikker is sinds 2006 het project van zanger gitarist Daddo, die vanuit huis en studio de programmering en (eind)productie van dit collectief voor eigen rekening neemt. Het resulteert op tweede langspeler D*Time in 12 ge(s)laagde warme tracks waarin analoog en elektronisch samenvloeien. Vanuit de jazz wordt met een hoog spelniveau moeiteloos van genre naar genre geswitched. Op de gevarieerde basis van bluesgitaar, toetsen, bass en drums brengen de gastmuzikanten extra kleur aan met o.a. saxofoon (‘Still Sometimes’ en‘One More Day’), accordeon (‘Love Is the Way’) en fluit (‘Oh My Love’). Driftkikker lijkt geïnspireerd door een band als Incognito, om in een volgende track aan bijvoorbeeld Jazzanova te refereren. Bindend element is de lage stem van Daddo die op de loom groovende ritmesectie zijn optimistische teksten brengt over liefde en zonneschijn. Gek genoeg doet de stem soms denken aan die van Fun Lovin’ Criminal Huey Morgan, in een poging Barry White in herinnering te roepen. Ieder nummer ligt lekker in het gehoor en de enorme diversiteit zal ook live zonder twijfel boeien.
Frank

Version EN
Driftkikker is a project of guitarist singer Daddo since 2006, who from his home and studio does the programming and (end)production for this collective. The result is the second LP D*Time with 12 successfully warm tracks wherein analogue and electronica flow together. From the jazz that’s played on high level movement from genre to genre is effortlessly made. On the varied basis of bluesgitaar, keys, bass and drums the guest musicians bring extra colors s.a. saxophone (‘Still Sometimes’ and ‘One More Day’), accordion (‘Love Is the Way’) and flute (‘Oh My Love’). Driftkikker seems to draw inspiration from a band like Incognito, however the very next track refers to a for an example Jazzanova. Binding element is the low voice of Daddo who sings his optimistic lyrics about love and sunshine over a heavy rhythm sections. Oddly enough his voice makes you think of “Fun Loving Criminal” Huey Morgan, in an attempt to remind you of Barry White. Each track is easy to listen to en the wide diversity shall without a shadow of a doubt excite live on stage.
Frank

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/

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

review by DJ Suefo

since the broadcast on the manamana show at the Tilos radio, Dj Suefo was so kind to write an review as well for the Hungarian audience, here is the english translation of what he wrote;

Driftkikker is a dutch nu-jazz band, but I didn’t mean it the accustomed way when I had chosen the genre. In essence it’s modern, electronic pop in a package of jazz, furthemore being very pleasant. Daddo, the bandleader, writes the lyrics, plays the guitars, rocks the synthetizers and gets the grooves going. His friends help him playing on instruments, Ned plays bass, while John Kakiay plays on drums. Although Daddo has been into several audio-visual projects for a time, this debut LP is being put together to one nice piece compared with an average debut albums. Not only does it sound good, but there are properly composed tracks featured as well. This cd is mainly for home listening and recall the musical world of Stereo MC’s and Jamariquai at times, thus this album will be easy to fall in love with. To obtain it will be a bit harder, but it won’t be impossible if you have an internet connection.