Over the years, music producers have come out of the South like wildfire, though few have had the impact that Houston’s Dpat has had. The elusive producer and beat maker made quite the splash with his album In Bloom, and went on to produce hits for others before being a part of the super group Sonder. However on his latest drop Left Unsaid, he makes a mark that proves his sound isn’t caught in what he’s done, but rather what he can still do.
What still remains here is the sultry sounds the producer can bring to his music. Sexy jams could be just as appropriate of a title to this album, as it’s full of many. The opener “Virginia” is steeped in passionate tones yet it isn’t just another steamy R&B jam. Dpat takes his time in cultivating a feel complete with future beats and erotic vocals. The entire album is that way, setting a mood rather than blasting your ears with killer beats and a soundtrack to late nights.
The way “Exhale” begins like something’s already happening, the subtleties behind slow burner “Velvia” with screwed tones and the groove oriented sounds of “Celine” all showcase an artist on his own terms, making music that’s not what a label executive thinks will hit, but rather what he wants to make instead. But it’s how the songs get arranged where the real magic of the album lies. The vocal clusters that open up “Left Unsaid” feel like something from another planet but they still pop and shimmer like that of an artist playing in arenas. The beats that get employed on “Desire” are like no one else, yet they don’t feel out of place by any means. And the seductive synths and beats of “Redeye” should grab you by your soul as they pull you in like they’re going for a kiss. Dpat has expanded what he was known for here, while still keeping his core sound together as he heads into whatever comes next, on his own terms.
Left Unsaid is available to stream wherever you stream music, it can be purchased in all online music stores or directly from Bandcamp. As of now, there are no scheduled performances for Dpat, though that may change.
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