I’ve really become a fan of Dan Black’s work. He’s got this effortless pop feel combined with really great, sometimes hard, hip hop inspired beats. Here’s some info about the above video, plus a few tracks.

Tantalising and stimulating eardrums, Dan Black was a regular feature in the 2009 One To Watch polls. Now the Paris-based Englishman has updated and fleshed out his blogospherically massive Notorious BIG tribute ‘Hypntz’ into the fully fledged space pop anthem ‘Symphonies’. Fusing the ubiquitous beat from Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ with heavily chopped-up samples from the film soundtrack of John Carpenter’s ‘Starman’, this is a perfect, effortlessly joyous marriage of laptop hip hop with tip top hip pop.

Dan’s debut album ((Un)) is out on July 6th and melds the musical attributes of Paul’s Boutique, ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ and ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ with a lost 80’s sci-fi soundtrack and is nothing short of brilliant.

Remixes come from Passion Pit, Rusko, David E Sugar and Hot City.

Dan Black – Hypnotize (Biggie Cover)

Dan Black – Ecstasy

Dan Black – U + Me