FOLLOWING A JOINT PERFORMANCE AT SXSW, THE PAIR ANNOUNCES THEIR COLLABORATIVE SINGLE RELEASING ON TOKiMONSTA’S YOUNG ART RECORDS
Prodigy multi-instrumentalist Daktyl joins forces with acclaimed poet and songwriter Benni Ola to release their single ‘Matrix’, out March 24 via TOKiMONSTA’s Young Art Records.
When Daktyl and Benni Ola come together, a special synergy is unlocked. The duo creates music for creation’s sake- their authentic relationship results in honest art. The end product is something special, music that exceeds the sum of each individual artist’s contributions.
Ever since the two hit it off during a 2019 studio session in Hollywood, California, Daktyl and Benni have enjoyed making music together with no agenda or project in mind. The two artists are truly inspired by one another, feeding off each other’s energy and ideas to create outstanding music that neither would produce alone. Following their joint performance at SXSW, Daktyl and Benni Ola are now sharing their music with the world after spending years in the studio together.
The track opens with an extended introduction, as muffled vocal samples are layered over crunchy, lofi percussion. When the beat drops out, tension builds, before Benni’s lax voice comes in, rapping: “Killing time in the chaos / Got new pills to hold down the matrix.” Benni’s dark, lackadaisical flow juxtaposes Daktyl’s bright, sprightly production, coming together to cover the full spectrum of emotion. In the second half of ‘Matrix’, the more melodic side of Daktyl’s production shines through, as joyful steelpan notes flutter over a growling bassline, before the track concludes by bringing back the soothing muffled vocals from the introduction.
Hailing from the UK, Daktyl began producing music as a teenager in his university dorm room. Since then, he has showcased his talents across many corners of dance music, releasing records on labels such as Ninja Tune, Mad Decent, and Monstercat, touring with ODESZA, Bonobo, and Troyboi, and producing remixes for Major Lazer, Halsey, and Autograf. With support from Billboard, Rollingstone, and Zane Lowe, Daktyl has received the praise of some of dance music’s biggest tastemakers.
Benni Ola is a poet and songwriter from Southern California’s Inland Empire, whose powerful voice has caught the attention of many. Whether it be through his songwriting for artists like Channel Tres, TOKiMONSTA, and Flume, or work writing poetry for brands such as Meta, Boost Mobile, and UOPHX, Benni’s talent has landed him a reputation as one of California’s hottest poets.