East Coast producer Darrell Kelloway – aka DK – has released his newest album, Soul Expressions, including the single “Coltranes of the Movement”.
“The aim was to restore the importance of lyricism that stays true to the art,” he says of Soul Expressions, which includes collaborations with Canadian MCs Ghettosocks, Aquakultre, Timbuktu, as well as Atlanta’s Cam James, and Brooklyn’s Justo the MC. “I went for vibrant, jazzy and soulful samples, and sought out guests that truly understand the combination of rhythm and poetry.”
Check out the lyric video below and find out more about DK in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey, I’m DK, an independent beatmaker and producer based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I just recently released my debut studio album “Soul Expressions” on all streaming platforms. The album is entirely produced by myself and features guest appearances from Aquakultre, Cam James, Ghettosocks, Justo the MC, Timbuktu and Touch. Two singles, “Reflections” and “Coltranes of the Movement” have been released.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My sound is a modern take on the timeless hip-hop aura forged in the ’90s. My production is a meticulous mixture of vinyl sampled drums, analog synthesizers, dusty loops, and live instrumentation.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I do not currently have any upcoming shows scheduled, but as far as my live performance goes, I DJ and spin the records while the emcee rhymes. It is simple, but amazing at the same time. Just great artists and great music with great friends.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
I will say “Coltranes of the Movement” ft. Aquakultre, Timbuktu & Ghettosocks. In my opinion, this song is a good representation of my sound – jazzy textures, gritty drums, and good lyrics. The song was composed with live instruments but was arranged and mixed in a way to make it sound live. More importantly, the song’s lyrics are also top-notch.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
There are so many great artists in this country. I really enjoy Shad, Kaytranada, and Serena Ryder.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.