If you haven’t noticed, dance music collectives have become a huge part in the way that we as listeners get exposed to the freshest music. One that has stood out to us at Daily Beat is Daruma, a relatively new collective run by some of bass music’s upcoming stars. Today we have the pleasure of sharing Daruma’s Vol. 003, which is Daruma’s third compilation since May. Even with this impressive pace, this compilation is yet another meticulously assembled aural journey, featuring the likes of Andrew Luce, Duskus, Alexander Lewis, Subtomik, Baht, B. Lewis and many others. The compilation features a variety of straight grimey trap beats as well as some out of this world future bass tracks.
One of the tracks that really stood out to me was Yours Truly by Andrew Luce. While it starts off with a very slow and somber tone, the song steadily progresses into an uplifting mood with huge chords and heavy bass. It makes great use of trap song structure while still including very harmonic elements to please your ears. Overall it is very emotional and slightly eerie, which almost gives you the impression that you are watching some kind of black and white film, with the transitions in the song leaving you at the edge of your seat waiting for what is coming next.
Heffy’s part of the compilation Murphy got my head nodding from the second it came on. With a hugely percussive intro going into very catchy warped vocals, this track just screams trap banger. Right then, Heffy caught me off guard by dropping the vocals and cutting into a beat with heavily distorted bass and the grimiest synths that I have heard in awhile. This is something I would expect to hear straight out of a Low End Theory set.
Lastly, I found myself dancing around my room to Aska’s Daysan, a track with a quicker tempo out of the others in the compilation while still keeping the production super lo-fi. It’s percussive elements really get the song going from the get-go and it’s speed lets you ditch the trap arms and get down. It’s ominous sounds yet danceable beats makes Daysan hard to ignore.
Don’t get me wrong, while these were my favorite tracks it was very hard for me to choose as the entire compilation is filled with straight fire beats. That being said you should check out Daruma’s full Vol. III compilation below and decide for yourself which tracks you vibe with most:
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