With its infectious groove, deft piano licks and cheeky rave stabs, Dino Lenny’s brilliant new track ‘Did This’ is as weird as it is wonderful – and it rightfully has tastemakers worldwide showering plaudits on the Italian house producer.
At the vanguard of electronic music for over 30 years, London-based Dino has done it all in his long and storied career. The early part of his musical journey took him to the world’s most recognizable superclubs, then he had a spell remixing and collaborating with pop stars like INXS, Scissor Sisters and Madonna. He’s notched up UK Top 40 hits then stealthily reverted into the underground with releases on cutting-edge labels like Ellum Audio, Crosstown Rebels and now his latest masterpiece on R&S Records.
And what an utterly unique tune it is too: if you imagine Talking Heads making electronic house music then this is what it might sound like. Dino’s grooves are jaunty and ever on the move, with slapping hits, rumbling bass and open hi-hats all layered up into something restless and catchy. The synths are a little wonky as they weave in and out of the drums next to unbalanced piano chords. Dino’s own spoken word vocal is a captivating hook that sends a tongue-in-cheek message to bootleggers before ravey stabs drop in to take things to the next level. This is a left-of-centre dancefloor jam that stands out for all the right reasons.
Out 10 February as part of the legendary Belgian label’s 40th anniversary celebrations, ‘Did This’ also earns a place on the forthcoming ‘In Order To Dance 4.0’ album compilation. Pre-order the album here.
Laurent Garnier: “F**k, this is sooooo gooooooooooood.”
Yousef: “Best track I’ve heard this year! Very very good.”
Bruce Tantum: “…slightly weird around the edges and all the better for it.”
Tommie Sunshine: “Couldn’t love this more!”
Wehbba: “Sick tune, love the piano licks.”