Deru is a criminally underrated beat maker from LA and has been around for a while releasing various records on the Ghostly swim, Mush & Merck labels from as early as 2003. His music is an elegantly crafted blend of Hiphop and Electronica with ambient soundscapes and chopped up breaks merged with carefully selected field recordings.
Below is a track from "Say goodbye to useless' and two of my other favourite Deru joints, 'Hello' and 'I want'.
Not only is Deru a dope musician, he works as a sound designer as part of The Track Team, notable works include sound design for The last Airbender (the series, not that shitty movie) and his company earned an MPSE Golden Reel award nomination for their work on the soundtrack.
Last but not least, the video below is a snippet from upcoming project 'Outliers' which is based around a trip to Iceland with fellow musicians and visual artists that will culminate with the release of a film, soundtrack & photobook. It's in the early stages at the moment but has promise to be something really unique.
More details can be found here > http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scenic/outliers-vol-i-iceland
Outliers, Vol I: Iceland from effixx on Vimeo.