Category Archives: songs

Shutta – A Little (featuring Evka)

Today we had a little chat with our long time hero Shutta about his brand new song, past experiences and plans for the future.

OSOM: Hi Greg. Your new track brings quite a surprising sound. Your previous songs were rather bass-focused future garage jams whereas ‘A Little’ is a downtempo relaxing composition. How did this happen?

SHUTTA: It was based around a piece of A2 coursework I had to do where I was given poem to compose from. I was lucky for my friend to be in a studio recording her work at this time, so I got her to record some vocals from the lines in the poem. When we recorded it, it was at a BPM around 115, so I decided to try something new and more melodically based.

OSOM: This is the first time you are collaborating with a vocalist, am I right? Did you like this experience?

SHUTTA: I’ve always wanted to work with a vocalist, however it’s quite hard to get everything done in order for it to work out. I definitely enjoyed the experience, we’re looking to do another track over the summer, maybe that’ll be more bass focused.

OSOM: I must admit that Evka has a magnificent voice. That part at the end of the track has something as mighty as Florence Welch’s vocal.

SHUTTA: She really does, we used to be in a rock band called The Homesick Hustlers which is where I got to know her. Her voice has always had a pure quality to it and is powerful too.

OSOM: The Homesick Hustlers presented totally different sound from what you are doing now. What was your responsibility in that band?

SHUTTA: I was the drummer, in a way I think a lot of my influences are from playing in the band. I remember doing regular 4-6 hour practices where the majority of the time the bassist and guitarist and I would just jam together. I think there’s a lot to say about the link between acoustic and digitally made music. It’s quite hard to bring across your natural musical instincts into the digital platform, that’s a reason why I think Burial has done so well, his music is so brilliantly messy.

OSOM: How did you switch from being a drummer in a rock group to being an electronic music producer? Was it Burial’s music that pushed you towards this genre?

SHUTTA: I always produced electronically during my time in the band, I started off in fruity loops, I remember having absolutely no idea what I was doing! I’ve always appreciated acoustic music but electronic music is where I felt I best applied myself to. I remember hearing Burial’s track Endorphin 4 years ago and not really understanding it but at the same time I didn’t not like it. It grew on me and led me to discover his other music. His music didn’t push me into the genre but I would definitely say he’s an influence of mine.

OSOM: And one last question – a little bit less than a year ago you released an EP ‘Messy’. Should we expect a follow-up in the near future?

SHUTTA: Haha, I hope so! I’m in line to releasing The Hum on Future Flavour later this year along with Rotation. I plan to keep very active in producing so hopefully you’ll hear some new sounds from me.

 

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Emika – Let’s Dance

Wow, this is amazing! Rolling Stone invited the queen of dark electronic music and our absolute favorite Emika to contribute her version of one David Bowie’s songs for the compilation prepared for this year’s big anniversary celebrations. Her choice turns out to be the big hit Let’s Dance and the effects are astonishing which just proves how extremely creative Ema is. Have a listen below:

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MIKROBI.T – Berlin

MIKROBI.T is the name of a Polish band whose members try to mix electronic music with the sound of jazz which may draw the obvious comparisons to Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble or remixes of Hauschka’s work but do not let that fool you – the style of this Poznan-based collective proves to be really fresh. Their debut album called Binary Beats has been released last month and among others it features that one amazing song which particularly caught my attention. Its name is Berlin (which is enough to excite me) and it is a deadly catchy instrumental composition that I would classify as… jazzy techno? Does something like this even exist?

 

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Fishing – Chi Glow (featuring Marcus Whale)

Chi Glow is an extremely relaxing chillwave track with elements of tropical beats (anyone misses Orquesta as much as I do?) released by the Sydney-based duo Fishing in collaboration with Marcus Whale, vocalist of the Adelaide band Collarbones. It is the first single from their upcoming debut album Shy Glow which will come out on the 6th of June and with such smooth synths, hazy vocals and laid-back rapping (yeah, there is rapping here) we can quite safely assume that it will end up as the best soundtrack for the hot summer months.

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The/Das – Parallel Worlds

The break-up of Bodi Bill was for me one of the most devastating information of the last few years but soon enough it turned out that two thirds of the band still continue the tradition of this amazingly composed pop under the name The/Das. After excellent EP Speak Your Mind Speak released in 2013, the appetite for new tracks just got bigger and fortunately the news we were all waiting for has been just announced – band’s full length album will appear this year. Its name will be Freezer and it is set to be released via the never-failing Sinnbus Records. And yes, we have a chance to listen to the first single – a song called Parallel Worlds.

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