Oxford’s Dagga Domes – moniker for the pop infused electronic wunderkind endeavours of Kit Monteith (Foals, Trophy Wife), Jeremy Moors and Andrew Warne – released their Optimistic Visions Of The Future EP earlier this year, via Cult French label, Embrace.
“It had been however long, no idea,” recalls Montieth. “In a hazed out room and that feeling of your ears being full, totally full. Wires curled round one another, colours and bars on the window. No fucking Wifi. My eyes all at once felt tired and wide fixed too long on a loaded 909. I didn’t know what to do with this track, all beats and bruised bass lines, no topline. So I stood up and started shuffling round the room, swaying half in time, feeling the track in my shoulders, thinking about the girl I was with and how tough it had become.
“Then I sang – mumbled and stumbled over a melody, heard a chord sequence that wasn’t even there but latched on. I held a note, lost it and found it again but better this time as though my vocal chords just needed to reach out then pull back quick; the way you check for heat, before taking hold for real. Found a lyric and then another. They were lines that actually described. I shook my friend awake, baked and sang out my ideas to him… We started to record and by morning had agreed to start a band, call it DAGGA DOMES and write a break up record called Optimistic Visions Of The Future.”
As for their playlist, “We see the future as a form of life organism moving into a dark space with a broken torch. Once in a while, when the light sparks, we can catch a glimpse of the future and we don’t want to see only fear, anger and despair but we also want to see hope, love and art.”
1. Pete Namlook & Richie Hawtin – ‘Future Surfacing’
“On this track the amazingly creative Richie Hawtin is paired with the great ambient master Pete Namlook. This is the future at its best: slow, epic & intense.”
2. Model 500 – ‘Future’
“Groundbreaking B-side of No-UFO, this is pure Detroit techno classic. An inspiration from the past that is still shaping the future of dance music.”
3. Deltron 3030 – ‘3030’
“From the rap opera concept set in a dystopian year 3030. An eccentric vision of the future.”
4. 2Pac – ‘Changes ft. Talent’
“Changes is about racism for sure but with a bit of hope for reconciliation. It highlights the importance of knowing the chain of events leading to present time to be able to get out of the vicious circle 2 pac is painting here.”
5. Boney M – ‘Future World’
“’I see a planet slowly die, and I get tired of wondering why.’ Released in 1984 when global warming was a distant sci-fi future, Boney M was suggesting to travel 10000 light years away for building up a new hope on another planet. We are getting closer and closer to this future world.”
6. Massive Attack – ‘Future Proof’
“From an heroic band, future proof could mean so many things. We see it as an analogy to crossing borders and the feeling one can get to arrive in a new city with empty pockets. But life is not linear and loneliness is not irreversible.”
7. Regina Spektor – ‘Ghost Of Corporate Future’
“From the album Soviet Kitsch, this title is drawn from Milan Kundera’s expression for the vacuous aesthetics of Stalinism. In this song, Regina Spektor speaks about the mass production of our objects but also of our emotions. But there is hope in a form of resistance to this mass production.”
8. Everything Everything – ‘Distant Past’
“This song, like much of the album, Get To Heaven, is reflecting of the fact that history repeats itself. At least human history.”
9. Mike Ladd – ‘Bladerunners ft. Company Flow’
“From the album Welcome To The Afterfuture. You really can’t get further away than this. There is a lot of themes in this song: machines, robots, money and sex.”
10. Why? – ‘Bad Entropy’
“It is probably about living conscious of the world around you and the vacuity of this same consciousness. There is a theory saying that consciousness is a noise coming from our brain as the sound of an engine. This song made us think that, perhaps, an optimistic vision of the future lies in the appearance of intelligent but unconscious life.”
‘Optimistic Visions Of The Future’ EP is available HERE via Embrace Records.
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Find Dagga Domes’ playlist below and HERE.