IM033 - Otik - Strangelove

by Otik

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In quick succession to his Tessier-Ashpool junglist reinvention via the “Emphasis” EP, Otik follows up with companion piece “Strangelove” – a statement of his versatility, and of the liminal variety possible within the framework of 130-ish BPM breaks-led electronic compositions.

Operating on the boundary between a fragmented grime take and a rolling jungle stepper, opener “Glimpse” is as stammering as its telltale vocal sample, urging listeners to “do a double take”… and leading by example, it proceeds to constantly fracture and reassemble itself in real time.

Follow-up “Futile” is most reminiscent to Otik’s own previous “Emphasis” (the track this time), or the efforts of the likes of Mella Dee or Benton – reese-based soliloquys, as effortlessly melodic and soulful as they are (put simply) dark and hardcore.

“Bulldog” returns to the call-of-response of “Glimpse”, this time eschewing shrapnel dynamics for hypnotic diva/amen counterpoint.

Lastly, title track “Strangelove” brilliantly weaves together Motown soul piano samples with ragga glossolalia and heavy breakage, serving as a sort of recursive anthem to black music.
Nothing strange about the love we got for this one.

Release Date: July24th

Tracklist:

1. Glimpse
2. Futile
3. Bulldog
4. Strangelove

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released July 24, 2015

Mastering by Allmostt.
Artwork by Danny Watson.

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