leroy
dariacore


4.3
superb

Review

by Kirk Bowman STAFF
December 14th, 2021 | 13 replies


Release Date: 05/14/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: the future

32 seconds into dariacore, you’ll understand the formula. faded vocals from "ricky bobby freestyle" (a track by ONE YEAR, a plugg artist dltzk/leroy has worked with before) slowly come into focus, the "flooooooor" from "bodies" comes in (tastefully, somehow, as it does frequently throughout the project), and suddenly, there's a bass-boosted drop exploding with a power you haven't heard since skrillex's heyday. this continues on for the rest of the song, but not without exciting variation - the windows drive removal sound effect, other song samples, etc. this was the very first dariacore track, and, thank god, not the last. this song, and the rest of the ones on this stellar compilation, have inspired a movement among a small but promising and very active group of soundcloud producers, most of whom are teens or otherwise very young. this makes sense, as it generally takes youth to create something this fresh. there are hundreds of dariacore tracks out there, but somehow the vast majority all still sound new and exciting. and for my money, this first compilation is the peak so far.

equal parts girl talk, brostep, and vine compilation, this project (and genre - which needs promotion just as much as this collection) draws from all sorts of sources, like hyperpop, drum and bass, various memes, and so much pop music. this is the sound of someone who adores music (who else would sample "boyfriend" like that) and has enormous talent pairing that with a sense of humor, a short attention span, and, above all, brilliant musicality. leroy, aka dltzk (who uses they/them pronouns) has proven their worth several times this year alone, but for my money, this is their high point. at times, it's almost too extreme, like if 100 gecs didn't care about the law or, especially, about spanning such a wide range of genres. on occasion, it's a little too much, like on "copyright strike my fucking nuts" which heavily utilizes "a thousand miles" interspersed with heavy drumming and a myriad of semi-random samples. i get that that's sometimes just how life feels, so it hits on occasion, but when it's right next to stuff like "bluuuueeeee," which expertly and subtly interlays halsey and drake/rihanna with an overwhelmingly powerful drop, it's hard not to feel slightly underwhelmed.

thankfully, those underwhelming moments are few and far between, and the rest are so so good that it's easy to forget. "turmoiled" and "go white enby go" stand out in particular: the former, a chaotic wall of crunchy synths with a heavy emo influence, almost like something that would have fit on their 2021 album under dltzk, frailty, and the latter 1 minute and 16 seconds of one of the best beats I've heard this decade (that moment when it shifts pitch after the "oh my god-god-go-god" part - wow!) and probably my favorite song of the year. even the tracks that sample songs i don't like are amazing: "dessert" is miles better than the original. and despite being a compilation of soundcloud loosies seemingly randomly listed in the order of release date, there's a sequence here. the first track sounds like an introduction, and the last sounds like a conclusion, as the only track to really commit to an idea for an extended period of time, even finishing off with their frequent sample of "leroy! that was fucking garbage." and everything in the middle flows naturally from one crazy idea to the next. most importantly, to one extent or another, all these ideas somehow work. this is the epitome of taking risks and having it pay off. when the rest of music catches up with leroy, you’ll know where it came from.




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granitenotebook
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2021


1112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

big thanks to jotw, milo, brendan, and at least one other author who i think i missed while trimming edits on the google doc (sorry)



this will not appeal to everyone but for some of us (like myself) this will be a highlight of the year.



streaming here: https://dltzk.bandcamp.com/album/dariacore



normaloctagon
December 14th 2021


8233 Comments


i'm intrigued!

"at times, it's almost too extreme, like if 100 gecs didn't care about the law"

nvm fam

cool review though love daria

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granitenotebook
Staff Reviewer
December 14th 2021


1112 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

and s/o to Conrad Tao, my favorite writer on this website and the primary inspiration for this review

someone
December 14th 2021


3936 Comments


genuinely shocked this was not a Johnny review

YoYoMancuso
Contributing Reviewer
December 14th 2021


15311 Comments


I’m coming up with a rating of 4.33, repeating of course

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Gyromania
December 14th 2021


33459 Comments


How is your summary not "Jenkins!"

What a missed opportunity

Gyromania
December 14th 2021


33459 Comments


Great review btw. I want to check this out, but it not being on Spotify sucks. I get why artists don't out music on there, but I just hate having my music in so many different places

DadKungFu
December 15th 2021


1321 Comments


copyright strike my fucking nuts goes hard

this might age really poorly, but rn it hits in all the right ways

notkanyewest
December 15th 2021


156 Comments


Gotta check this since "frailty" is my favorite album of the decade so far (I implore people to check that out, too)

Purpl3Spartan
December 15th 2021


2341 Comments


intriguing review

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AaroN911
December 15th 2021


3383 Comments


diarrheacore

JeetJeet
December 16th 2021


10444 Comments


theyfriend is batshit crazy

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Confessed2005
December 28th 2021


5339 Comments


Sounds cool guys



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