Dälek

“Before Def Jux, before Death Grips, before Yeezus, there was Dälek” (Noisey). Pioneers of alt hip-hop, Dälek (pronounced “die-a-lek”) features Rapper/Producer MC Dälek, Producer/live electronics Mike Manteca, and Turntabilist DJ rEk . With roots in the mid-’90s DIY scene, Dälek has been delivering groundbreaking albums for over 20 years. They have enraptured fans and critics across all genres, garnering fans and earning accolades from the hip-hop, electronic, indie, metal, shoegaze, jazz and experimental communities.

After releasing seven studio albums, numerous collaborations, EPs, and remixes, they continue to push boundaries with each release. Debut album Negro Necro Nekros (1998), was hailed by NME as a means to “deconstruct hip hop,” 2002 saw Ipecac Recordings release the game-changing From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots, which was followed by 3 more releases on Ipecac Recordings: Absence (2005), Abandoned Language (2007) and GutterTactics (2009).

In 2010, Dälek went on a five-year hiatus to recoup from a decade of relentless touring, and to focus on new musical projects. In January of 2015, MC Dälek said he “missed the noise,” and a tour and new single quickly followed. 2016 saw the release of the critically acclaimed Asphalt for Eden, which Pitchfork declared: “hip hop ascends into the noosphere.” Dälek’s sonic and lyrical evolution continues.

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