Functioning as the b-side of one of our favorite cuts of the yung year, “Llonydd” is another Ifan Dafydd track that just reeks of sensual energy. Assisted by vocalist Alys Williams, “Llonydd” highlights some astonishing duality in Dafydd’s production, namely the mixture of soft, breathy vocals and sharp edged, rapid fire drum work. The Welsh producer’s work has always been impeccably smooth, and “Llonydd” is definitely buttery at times, but it also teeters on the edge of a Jungle like fanaticism. If Dafydd can continue to match his beautiful synth work with jungle/grime oriented percussion, he might just elevate himself unto a higher plane.
Ifan Dafydd has maintained a low profile since emerging out of the UK with the Amy Winehouse sampling “No Good” back in 2011, but that doesn’t mean he’s been resting on his laurels. Last week, Dafydd reentered the music world’s collective conscious with the sublime “Celwydd”. It might not be the most innovative jawn you’ll hear this week, but it’s one of the more beautiful post-“Hyph Mngo” attempts you’ll come across this side of James Blake. Pitter patter percussion and chopped beyond recognition vocals are propelled by those silky smooth synths. The bassline adds some indulgent funk, but are mostly extraneous in the grand scheme of “Celwydd”. The track will appear on an upcoming compilation from Recordiau Lliwgar, out March of this year.