Ifan Dafydd is a Welsh producer and singer who has released through various UK-based labels like Push & Run, Recordiau Lliwgar and Rough Trade since 2011. With a humble but consistently refreshing bundle of tight-knit tracks, Ifan puts his pants on one leg at a time and gestates 2.6 gorgeous songs per year on average. Starting with a glitchy, hypnotic rework of Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO6r6liYTyg) and original track “Miranda” (free download here: http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2011/10/miranda), he meticulously homogenizes flavours of R&B, post-dub, soul and indie electronica. With serpentine sampling techniques featuring organic drum beats, scrapbook vocal snippets and the occasional nice little piano diddly, Ifan’s take on the genre is incredibly pleasurable to my cochleae.
Pictured above are my favourite of his EPs: 2012’s “Treehouse” and his 2-song collaborative contribution to “Y Record Las” with the talented Alys Williams (who, interestingly, competed on BBC’s “The Voice” TV show). Furthering his spirit of team work and benevolence, Ifan has made available a free download of his new track with like-minded producer Catching Flies called “Don’t Know How” (https://soundcloud.com/catchingfliesmusic/catching-flies-ifan-dafydd-1), as well as crafted a scrumptious remix for electro labelmates Bodhi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz_2ogweZoI). And that is about all I know regarding Ifan Dafydd.
Favourite track: To Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voY3dYyzado)… Is that a… violin?