Hayííłká

by DJ Béeso

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Kino Benally is Diné from the Navajo Nation. He is a musician, DJ, and producer that currently creates music under the name DJ Béeso. The connection between DJ Béeso and Hush Hush Records begins a couple years before the label was launched. Kino was living in Seattle and making music under the deceptively named moniker Kimnusico Trio. A burned CD of Kimnusico Trio’s early demos were dropped off at KEXP, a Seattle independent radio station where Hush Hush founder Alex Ruder moonlights as a DJ, and these songs quickly captured Ruder’s attention. Eager radio debuts were made, tracks were passed on to respected music friends and label runners, resulting in the early and brief emergence of Kimnusico Trio.

Five years later, Kino has since moved out of Seattle, spent considerable time in Brazil, and now resides back near his hometown in Colorado. His new alias is DJ Béeso, a project where he hopes to create music that is both sophisticated and intentional while still keeping aesthetics from dance music in the forefront. Gradually evolving his style with a string of stray singles and a self-released EP, DJ Béeso presents his most accomplished and cohesive work to date with his Hush Hush debut Hayííłká. Titled after those memorable moments at dawn before the sun rises when the sky is white and yellow, his label debut is a confident and evocative exploration of experimental beats. Bookended by blissful laidback cuts that touch upon the outer fringes of chill-out and downtempo styles, Hayííłká’s middle section packs the release’s most provocative and thrilling standouts. “Zzremaj” and “Sominha” both tackle a brand of melodic experimental juke/footwork that feels entirely new, while “(-.-)” adds a sprinkle of 90’s-inspired piano rave for an infectious highlight. While his styles are constantly in flux, the cerebral and kinetic beats found on Hayííłká consistently carry a warm, enveloping touch that binds them all together.

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released October 16, 2015

Written, produced, and mixed by Kino Benally aka DJ Béeso.
soundcloud.com/dj-b-eso

Mastered by Adam Straney at BreakPoint Mastering.
breakpointmastering.com

Cover image painted by Averian Chee.
instagram.com/averian

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