French producer Darius shares new single ‘Rise’ ft. Benny Sings
Parisian house producer Darius today returns with his latest single, ‘Rise’, featuring Dutch singer-songwriter Benny Sings (Rex Orange County, Mac DeMarco, The Free Nationals). Listen HERE.
Inspired by the midtempo, filtered French Touch of Daft Punk, Cassius, Stardust and others, while also taking additional cues from funk, disco and R&B, Darius’ music avoids the central reliance on samples that characterises the work of so many other artists working within that same space. Instead, he builds his interpretation of French House around mental landscapes, full of symbolism and arrangements that move with a dreamlike logic, suffused with spacious breaks that spread out infinitely before your ears and immersive, echoing synth pads, a kind of cosmis, star-filled romanticism. A longtime stalwart of influential French label Roche Musique (FKJ, Wayne Snow, Cezaire) since making his debut in 2012, the discreetly-working producer has garnered praise from The Fader, Complex, Clash, Hypebeast, Flaunt and more, amassed millions and millions of global streams and provided remixes for Dua Lipa, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas and Flight Facilities, amongst others.
Following the Duñe-featuring ‘Feels Right’, ‘Rise (feat. Benny Sings)’ is the French producer’s second single of 2021. With its crisp percussion, sun-kissed, slow-simmering groove, Benny Sings’ creamy vocal contributions and licks of cosmic guitars swirling around amidst constantly evolving layers of textural filters, listening to ‘Rise’ feels as though you’re placidly floating above everything and everyone else, outside of time and space, like the coolest Parisian club night set on the International Space Station. Marrying a futuristic aesthetic with retro creative practices, the slight, tangible grain of ‘Rise’ evokes a warm, invitingly imperfect feel, a counterweight to the elegance and sophistication of Darius’ composition and production.
‘Rise (feat. Benny Sings)’ by Darius is out now, buy/stream it here.
Describing Darius’ music is like trying to gather the infinitely large and the infinitely small, or thinking music can be as hedonist as introspective. Inspired by filtered house music from the French Touch era, Darius takes nonetheless a different approach to his predecessors. At a time when everyone would still sample, he chose to bring together spatial territories and immersed symbolism, through melodies that as much as dream, like his first EP Romance, released on Roche Musique in 2014. This EP gathers everything that characterises Darius as a unique producer: echoing chords, breaks that infinitely spread out and chorus that stick in your mind. That’s how ‘Hot Hands’ and ‘Espoir’ transcended borders, allowing Darius to travel and play live throughout the world, inspiring himself with new cultures and encounters.
Some countries became a second home for Darius as his international audience grows with each accumulated stream, currently spread to the USA (5M), Canada (1M), Russia (1M), Japan (1M), South Korea (1M) and Mexico (1M). Today he boasts over a million monthly listeners on all streaming platforms, numbers that would make Darius’ head spin. Whether it’s through his own productions or remixes, (alongside those for The Magician, Dua Lipa, Lianne La Havas or Jessie Ware), Darius always shares a dreamy vision through his music, based on symbolism and mental landscapes that he wishes to pass on. Allow him to guide and surprise us with his ever-growing utopian universe.