|Birth name||Kieren Dickins|
|Also known as||Kieren Gallear|
|Born||February 15, 1985|
|Origin||Ipswich & London, UK|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop|
|Occupations||Musician, graphics designer, filmmaker|
|Labels||Big Dada, Ninja Tune|
|Website||Dels on Tumblr|
Kieren Gallear, also known as DELS (pronounced "Dels") is a rapper, recording artist, graphics designer and filmmaker born in Ipswich, England. He is currently based in London and graduated from Kingston University in 2007 with a BA Hons Degree in graphic design. Dickins signed with the Ninja Tune label Big Dada in May 2010.
DELS has released three singles, "Shapeshift", "Trumpalump" (produced by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard) and "GOB" (produced by Kwes), in 2010 and 2011. His debut album GOB was produced by Kwes, with Micachu engineering two tracks and Joe Goddard three tracks. DELS met all three producers via Myspace when the social networking site was at its peak of popularity.
DELS was described as the 'Future of UK Hip Hop' by British national newspaper The Times in their 'Ones To Watch 2011' list in January 2011. Paul Lester of The Guardian has complimented Dickins for his ability to set himself apart from many homogeneous Hip Hop artists by sounding both languid and urgent. Lester has described Dickins as "Dizzee mixed with the Björk of Vespertina". DELS has received positive media coverage from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music DJ's such as Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Reggie Yates, Huey Morgan and Lauren Laverne. DELS' single 'Shapeshift' was been listed by Dazed & Confused and Drowned In Sound as one of their top singles of 2010.
'Petals Have Fallen' (2014)
Gallear's second album, Petals Have Fallen is due to be released on the 3rd November 2014.
|“||I met most of the artists and producers that contributed to this album on MySpace back in 2005. We had a page called “Loners", where myself and others were all featured. We always said that we'd do a proper album together eventually. Petals Have Fallen is probably the closest thing to that collaborative album happening to date.||”|
- GOB (2 May 2011)
- Petals Have Fallen (3 November 2014)
- Black Salad (2012)
|25 February 2008||Lazy||-||Moshi Moshi|
|23 August 2010||Shapeshift||GOB||Big Dada|
|29 November 2010||Trumpalump feat. Joe Goddard||GOB||Big Dada|
|25 April 2011||GOB||GOB||Big Dada|
|18 August 2011||Capsize feat. Joe Goddard & Roots Manuva||GOB||Big Dada|
|26 November 2012||Bird Milk feat. BILA||Black Salad EP||Big Dada|
|26 November 2012||You Live In My Head||Black Salad EP||Big Dada|
- Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.1 (2010)
- Eyesdown (Remix) (w/ Bonobo & Andreya Triana) (2011)
- Kwesachu Mixtape Vol.2 (2012)
- You Live In My Head (DELS) 2012
- Right Thing (Rosie Lowe) 2013