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"dadahack - hello [review]"

dadahack = james banbury + pete davis.

james banbury plays cello, and knows a bit about technology.

pete davis has remixed a few sarah nixey records.

so, after some virtual buddying up, the two finally decided to make beautiful music together and use the name dadahack.

they set up a myspace page, and it is/was good.

hello is the first officially available fruits of their labour and, despite only being available from itunes, it is good.

very very good.

old school rave bleeps, euphoric hands in the air synths, vocal samples, and a disco beat for headphoners.

i have listened to this 4 times in a row today, and it still makes me happy.

the extra keyboard line @ 3 minutes lifts the track up up and away into the ‘oh yes’ league, before kicking back to the bleep melody.

remixes by some rather wonderful people are to be released in a few weeks time (details as and when), but in the meantime, just listen to the myspace stream, and rejoice in the glory that is sunshine happy electronic disco excellence. -


Hello (single) - release digitally July 2009. [Featured in Sony Audio 'Soundville' campaign, Autumn 2009]
Hello (EP) - digitally Nov 2009
Album 'TAP3' March/April 2010.



dadahack ;

apply hacking techniques to music making, and then get all dada-ist about it.

employ sound collage and sonic-montage to produce delight from the mundane.

invest heavily in cut and paste to replace the scissors and glue of the analogue world.

create assemblages of music producing pieces that are either meaningful (compared to the individual parts used) or meaningless (compared to war and poverty.)

often start their works with readymades such as a gameboy or speak and spell, and twist and burn them and turn them upside down and write on them until they no longer sound, look like, or even are what they were in the beginning.

dadahack ;

comprise of The Two.

The Two have variously been involved with The Auteurs, Gwen Stefani, U2, New Order, The Human League and Infantjoy.

None of that is important.

In fact dadahack is exactly about that not being important.

One of The Two plays horn, computer, doepfer and clavinet.

The other One of The Two plays cello, theramin, monomachine and gameboy.

dadahack ;

are geographically indifferent.

connect to each other using travel, electronic transfer, telecommunications and unspoken inference.

Current locations include Harlesden (UK) and Stockholm (SWE). Future locations could include Hong Kong (SAR) and Stockport (UK).

appear as performers, DJs and computerised visual projection artists (CVPA).

pertinent information:

hello by dadahack is a fizzling, popping and sizzling post-house pre-oldschool shindig. It’s Underworld meets Röyksopp behind the bikeshed bitching about how Trax records got on the guest list. It’s all clinical riffs and expansive keyboard solos underpinned by a good solid fumping chunk.
Loved by influential blogs Discobelle and Discodust it reached #37 on the hype machine chart in December 2009.

plans afoot:

release of dadahack’s debut album TAP3 is going to be mid-march 2010