Exclusive Premiere: "Ill Jazz" by Darko [Audiophile XXL]

The name Darko will be in the mouths of quite a few music fans after this track makes its rounds
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The name Darko will be in the mouths of quite a few music fans after this track makes its rounds

Exposing music like this to a wider audience is what Magnetic Magazine is all about. We've already sang the praises of other artists signed to Audiophile XXL - but if "Ill Jazz" is any indicator of what's to come, Darko will likely emerge as the forward-thinking imprint's chief export.

In keeping with much of the other music released by Audiophile XXL, Boston, Massachusetts-based Darko's signature sound lives in the grey area between contemporary bass house and more classic electronic music styles. "Ill Jazz" adds even more dimension by seamlessly blending in elements of jazz and hip-hop, yielding a whole greater than the sum of its parts.

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Where "Ill Jazz" especially shines, however, is the breakdown near the middle of the track. This dissonant, ambient section not only speaks to Darko's conceptual sense of arrangement, but also reflects on his keen ear for production quality as well.

Darko The Middle East

Darko performing at The Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"My goal for the title track on my new EP, 'Ill Jazz,' was to provide listeners with a bass-face-inducing, banging track that still provides a booty-shakable groove," Darko told Magnetic Magazine. "I did this by marrying deep, groovy sub bass lines with grimier, more abrasive bass patches and hip-hop-inspired vocal samples."

Indeed, the single is only the first single from an three-track EP of its namesake which will arrive by way of Audiophile XXL on Friday, September 30th. In the meantime, cue up Magnetic Magazine's exclusive premiere of Darko's "Ill Jazz" in the player above.