The past two years have been a rollercoaster for the Kid. He signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, releasing second album The Rose Tint in the US soon after and touring throughout North America with hip hop duo Aer. A spot at the notoriously hard-to-get-into SXSW Fader party. Big ups from Kanye West and adds to MTV America and Australia. Short listing for New Zealand’s highest songwriting accolade, the Taite Prize. A tour of New Zealand with P-Money, and the release of his Buffalo Man EP.
Not wanting to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice, note book in hand. Diamonds are made under pressure. In four months, Dallas had tweleve un-fuckwitable finished tracks to put his name to.
D.Dot talks a big game but he’s still a storyteller, with the album itself delivering a near cinematic experience. Sonically Falling Into Place marries the grit and energy you'd hear in the hardest of hip hop records with lush, at times almost ethereal sounding backdrops. From intense first single 'Runnin' - which wouldn't sound out of place on a Django Unchained soundtrack, to the moody tribute to his hometown of South Auckland, ‘Southside’ it's clear Dallas is once again bringin forth a new aesthetic. Arguably the biggest innovator in hip hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, Dallas continues to turn his eagle eye to finding new and unusual talent to mix in with his own. On ‘The Wire’ and ‘The Gate’ he collaborates with alt. pop icon Ruby Frost, the tracks bookending the album and indicating a creative chemistry few would expect. Elsewhere in the tracklisting, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske rub shoulders with long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko, PNC and US gangsta rap phenom Freddie Gibbs.
“I’m out here, I’m hungry. I don’t play’ around, trust me.” – ‘Runnin’, David Dallas
Produced: Fire & Ice, tracks 5 and 11 by Nick ‘41’ Maclaren.
Engineered: Evan Short (P-Money, Aaradhna)
1. THE WIRE FEAT. RUBY FROST
2. TRANSMITTING LIVE
4. GOTTA KNOW FEAT. ROKSKE
5. HOW LONG FEAT. PNC & SPYCC
6. MY MENTALITY FEAT. FREDDIE GIBBS
7. LOCAL CELEB
8. SOUTHSIDE FEAT. SID DIAMOND & MAREKO
10. RIGHT THERE SAMPLE CHANGE
11. RIGHT THERE
12. ONE MORE
13. THE GATE FEAT. RUBY FROST