William Pulliam aka Darondo has the sort of mystique surrounding him that makes you wonder. His records have become collector’s items, his tracks, spun by the likes of Gilles Peterson. He is known to drive around in a white Rolls Royce with a “Darondo” license plate — just the man to open for James Brown back in the day (which he did). His style mixes this feeling of being laid back and lush, yet edgy: ”You can hear a little bit of everything,” says Darondo. “There’s a little jazz and a little soul. They say if you Black you supposed to have soul. I got Latin flavor in me so there’s some Latin in it. Definitely got the Blues in it. I sound kinda’ country but I grew up in the Bay Area.”
Today we’re premiering “2012,” a track coming from the ever-evolving Bay Area rhythm section extraordinaires, The Park. Rhythmic hit men for the likes of Alice Russell, Jesse Boykins, Big K.R.I.T. Keelay, and more, these musicians can hold it down with the best and now they’ve teamed up with Darondo for a collaboration that shouldn’t be missed. “The Park makes me sound live and all the way in technicolor,” Darondo explains. With the world ending on Friday we might as well go out on some good music. Check it out:
“I’m a futuristic man…..but they knew more back then than we know now. The Past informs The Present, The Present informs The Future. And I present, 2012. Better get ready…” – Darondo
The Park made a entire record with Darondo, so look out for more great music in the coming months!