1-2 Weeks

LI 001LP LI 001LP

2010 repress, 2004 release. LP version. Born Alfred Weisberg-Roberts in Santa Monica, CA, producer/instrumentalist Daedelus wanted to be an inventor from an early age, a sentiment that led to him choosing an artistic moniker (in Greek mythology, Daedalus was known as an inventor, although Weisberg-Roberts also cites the character Stephen Dedalus in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man -- as well as the ship in the Japanese cartoon Robotech -- as equally valid reasons for his selection) when he began releasing his own work. Despite the fact that he was formally trained on double bass and bass clarinet, had studied jazz at USC, and could play additional instruments such as the guitar and accordion, Daedelus chose to go the electronic route, often incorporating samples from the '30s and '40s into his IDM and left-field hip-hop.Though Daedelus' first single appeared in 2001, it wasn't until the following year that his debut full-length, Invention, was released by the Plug Research label. Daedelus proved to be a prolific composer, and the following four years brought four new albums (released via Plug Research and Mush): 2003's Rethinking The Weather, 2004's Of Snowdonia, 2005's Exquisite Corpse, and 2006's Daedelus Denies The Day's Demise. He also worked on countless singles and side projects, including a stint as a producer for his Mush label-mates. "Sublime eccentric beats and sampledelic cutups from the unstoppable Daedelus, offering up his distinct plunderphonic charm for the Laboratory Instinct label. Following on from releases for Plug Research, Phthalo, Hefty, Tigerbeat 6, Mush and Eastern Developments, Daedelus has refined a style that is often imitated but seldom matched. The child-like quality of his selection defines these new pieces -- film samples, television advertisement clips and anachronistic narratives lifted from deep within his dusty wax archives nestle themselves amidst a weave of breaks and re-configured beats, a hip-hop paced antithesis to the drill n' bass techniques of old. Meanwhile is an utterly charming album that you will adore if you're into anything from Madlib through to Venetian Snares." --Boomkat