The Audacity of Darq E Freaker
South London grime producer Darq E Freaker has been slowly making waves as an exciting talent ever since Tempa T’s ’09 banger ‘Next Hype’ , but things are starting to gather pace for him since the tail end of last year. First up was a collaboration with one-time Lidl shoplifter Afrikan Boy (remember him?) for a take on Jeb Loy Nichols’ ‘Hard Times’ (below).
Next up was the huuuuuge instrumental Cherryade (below), one of the standout tracks of last year.
Probably the biggest boost to Darq E Freaker’s profile this year, however, has come in the form of a collaboration with freewheeling rap mentalist Danny Brown. Their hook-up for ‘Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)’ (below) was not particularly surprising in itself – Brown has been a vocal admirer of Freeker in previous interviews – but more unexpected was just how brilliantly the manic Detroit rapper and unhinged South London producer have combined here.
Brown’s wild delivery and aggressive flow are a near perfect match for Freaker’s off-kilter organs and flutes laid over neck-snapping drums. The collaboration and the video for Blueberry itself are refreshing proof positive of the increasingly blurred geographical boundaries when it comes to making music nowadays. You can certainly see why the pair were keen to work together and I suspect it won’t be the last time they team up.
Although there are clearly signature elements repeated across his tracks which mark them out as Freaker productions (the aforementioned organs and flutes) there is enough variation and innovation to keep you guessing and leave you wanting more.
So it’s with perfect timing that he provides the backing for this new track (below) which forms part of Wiley’s ‘Step’ freestyle series. Talking of variation, this one features sirens. Boom.
It will certainly be interesting to see where Darq E Freaker goes from here. Those of you looking for clues can head over to his (not entirely SFW) tumblr in the meantime.