Published Oct 16, 2018New Zealander Julien Dyne is a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist whose work has been exhibited across the country. Since being selected to attend the Red Bull Music Academy in Rome in 2004 (to study percussion), Dyne's style has moved from experimental sounds merged with flourishes of downtempo, to more upbeat affairs tossed with a juicy funk flair.
Teal moves with soulful, house-driven instrumental tracks, often working with guest vocals that act as an ethereal undercurrent and add to the depth of a track, rather than acting as a focal point. The only instance in which the vocals are front-and-centre is on the R&B-soaked "Hours," featuring Ladi6, a long-time collaborative partner of Dyne's.
The use of myriad percussive elements, layered one atop the other to produce a rich and textured soundscape, and the sunny, bubbly synth that winds through the track, lend a smooth path for Ladi6 to swoop in. Teal is a multi-faceted album that begs to be explored. (Soundway)