new music: get lost in the atmosphere of otik’s “ember / central nerve” #soundcheck

December 22, 2015

With skipping beats, beautiful atmospherics, and the kind of bassline that in an instant undoes all the damage Skrillex did to the word dubstep, London producer Otik’s latest single “Ember” b/w “Central Nerve” is one of the most emotional instrumental electronic cuts I’ve heard in a long time. There’s a feeling of longing, struggle, and hope permeating every deconstructed beat and bone-rattling 808 kick. The tracks are dense, entire universes of sound, with vocals cutting in through the astral soup, culminating in a beautiful interview clip that gives it an emotional anchor. The mind-bending percussion on “Central Nerve” mutates handclaps into melody instruments, turning a screw on Otik’s deep house roots. It’s beautiful, it’s strange, and the rare electronic single with the subtlety to reward listening on repeat and getting lost in the atmosphere.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK Contributor