Umut’s Selection of the Week 009 • OaT & KcA – Deflection EP [INDEEP025]
Whoever subscribed to my Facebook feed or OaT’s Facebook page will have noticed that the young man from Bochum has recently been played three times on Noisia’s radio. One is Epicurean Paradox from his Diversity For Breakfast EP on Forest Biz. On the other hand a Kollabo-EP with KcA aka Kaiza on IN:DEEP will be released on 15.10.2018 from which were played Twisted Witness in Episode 39 and Open Wide in Episode 40. The release today is called Deflection and takes OaT & KcA’s minimalistic game to a new level.
Let’s start with the title track. Deflection exudes an incredibly sinister atmosphere that can make you feel really uncomfortable. The crisp bass drum in the intro appeals and the supposed emptiness leaves a lot of room to play. With the drop the discomfort is washed away by a true flood of percussions and a tremendously oppressive bass line. Towards the transition the buzzing atmo pads return again and the whole thing remains of course so minimal that most DJ’s will ask themselves how the hell they should mix onto that bridge. Towards the end the guys flex percussively again and I step through the night.
We continue with Twisted Witness, oh Lord help me, these bells. What could be more disturbing and beautiful at the same time than bells in the night, surrounded by a frenzy of wind through an autumn scenery. The basic atmosphere of the track can be described in the same way. Also in this case the percussion game is on top and the two work their way deep into it. The monstrous bass rolls along comfy and almost lets you fall into a twisted trance. Very sick tune, so no wonder that Noisia play something like this.
Did someone say drone bass? What? I can’t understand you, the tune is just nuts. That’s how it could happen if you play Open Wide in a club. The thing is, in contrast to the other tracks, rather forward oriented and doesn’t spare on drone basslines. Starting in the intro it hums nicely to the metronom-like percussions and in the main part it brings extra flavor. At the end of the first part it gets interesting again. The bright synthie fills kill me every time and the filter work towards the transition is, in youth language, simply nice. In the same scene, signals from space are received again before the whole story finally breaks down into its individual parts and the vocal sample pushes us off the cliff.
Creamy-driving bass meets female vocals and copulates fiercely with jazz. This is Ecstasy, maybe my favorite track of the EP. The haunting atmosphere of the intro fits in with the voice of the unknown and increases to a really mean climax. From then on the boys sparkle through the night, enriched with jazzy synth chords and the aforementioned over creamy bass. The lady will accompany us through the whole track which I think is great. The cool thing about the minimalistic DnB is not only the build-up but also the fact that you don’t have to have the fattest snare with the sickest attack rate. Sometimes a short hit is enough and the thing is still stepping like a hog. For purists there is of course also an instrumental version of Ecstasy, but I think the voice is great.
In my opinion it is more than obvious to keep an eye on OaT as a solo artist as well as on the duo per se. There will be a lot more to come!
OaT & KcA – Deflection EP
Label: IN:DEEP Music
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