Following up on his 2015 Seeing Sounds LP for Dispatch Recordings, the Bristol-based DLR brings the heat once again with his absolutely stunning 14-track Dreamland project. Conceptually organized around the desire to help listeners break free from the societal chains that bind them, DLR not only seeks to “challenge the barriers and comfort zones” on a musical level, but hopes to inspire people to “resist the inadequate reality we are sleepwalking into; an inherently greed based system, where numbers govern art and culture, whilst popularity determines the success of social causes, as issues are picked up and dropped in the blink of an eye.”
Even if you consider yourself above the politics DLR is channeling there’s no doubt that there’s something special going on as the producer unleashes wave after wave of intricately-refined soul and groove-driven cuts sure to feed the mind, body and soul. With mad collaborations from heavyweights like Break, Mako & Hydro, and Signal, the album lives up to its name, unfolding like an ever-evolving dream.
With all that said, we’re more than stoked to be able to offer up an exclusive first-listen to DLR’s untouchable collab with Break from the album, titled “Wonder What It Feels Like.” From the crisp percussion-driven intro that paves the way for a shuffling groove and subtle tech-driven hook, this head-nodding, ass-shaking cut is guaranteed to blow your socks off. Never satisfied just dropping into the groove and cutting and pasting to the second drop, DLR and Break keep applying the pressure throughout as the tune evolves and the call and response between the layers comes together in a way that lets you know you’re in the hands of masters at the craft.
Check the premiere below and be sure to lock in your pre-order direct from the Dispatch Recordings shop here before the full album drops November 25.