Darker Than Blue is an unswervingly honest, highly personal album – Blue Daisy distills his personal experiences in to this cinematic meditation on the clash between the forces of dark and light, yin and yang, good and evil.
Wrestling with inner and outer demons, Blue Daisy leads us on an intense downward spiral of a journey fuelled by uncomfortable truths, sleepless nights, love, loss, religion, faith and doubt. Unconfined to one specific genre, the record traverses brooding rock, intense rap, elements of the blues, and is imbued with a punk attitude and aesthetic throughout. Highlights include gospel-tinged My Heart, caustic battle hymn and title track Darker Than Blue, and the blistering Gravediggers.
Blue Daisy is vocalist, musician and producer Kwesi Darko. The North Londoner’s ambition to make timeless music has resulted in a slow stream of high-caliber releases and thrilling, increasingly adventurous live shows. His debut single was awarded Pitchfork’s coveted ‘Best New Track’ status, and album, The Sunday Gift, was warmly received and heralded as Electronic Album of The Year by MOJO magazine. Then, in 2013, Blue Daisy rebooted and embarked on a new chapter by unleashing the defiantly NSFW track Fuck A Rap Song – The Guardian newspaper’s Single Of The Week – opening for Public Enemy, featuring and producing on kindred musical spirit Tricky’s latest album, and starting what would eventually become Darker Than Blue. Widely respected label R&S Records recently signed Blue Daisy adding his ever-evolving talent to an already vital discography that includes James Blake, Aphex Twin, Lone and others.
Darker Than Blue will be released 25thSeptember on R&S and preceded by single releases and videos. Blue Daisy UK and European live dates are planned for later this year.