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Birth name Kieren Dickins
Also known as Kieren Gallear
Origin Ipswich & London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, graphics designer, filmmaker
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005 (2005)–2015 (active)
2016–present (unknown)
Labels Big Dada, Ninja Tune
Website DELS on Big Dada

Kieren Gallear, also known as DELS (pronounced "Dels") is a recording artist, graphics designer and filmmaker born in Ipswich, England, currently based in London. Gallear signed with the Ninja Tune imprint, Big Dada in May 2010.[1]

GOB (2011)[edit]

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.[2]

Critical acclaim[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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".[3] 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 listed by Dazed & Confused and Drowned In Sound as one of their top singles of 2010.

Petals Have Fallen (2014)[edit]

Gallear's second album, Petals Have Fallen was released on the 3rd November 2014. He said:[4]

I met most of the people that contributed to this album on MySpace back in 2005. We had a page called “Loners", where myself and the likes of Kwes, Micachu, Ghostpoet, Sampha, Coby Sey, Elan Tamara 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 happening to date.

Personal life[edit]

DELS is a fan of football club Arsenal and Japanese anime.[5]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Black Salad (2012)


Year Single Album Label
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
8 August 2014 RGB / Fall Apart Petals Have Fallen Big Dada
23 October 2014 Burning Beaches feat. Rosie Lowe Petals Have Fallen Big Dada

Guest appearances[edit]


Music Videos[edit]

  • You Live In My Head (DELS) 2012
  • Right Thing (Rosie Lowe) 2013


  1. ^ "Big Dada DELS". London: Big Dada Recordings. 2010-05-01. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Dels release GOB album". 2011-02-09. Archived from the original on 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (2010-07-13). "DELS (No 824)". The Guardian. London. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "INTERVIEW WITH DELS". Outline 

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