New Electronic Music: PILERATS + Oisima + Stax Osset

Serious talent packed into a whole bunch of new releases for you to read/listen to.

Pilerats – Rat Pack Vol #2

Pilerats are the all-conquering lords of electronic music, surveying their domain of popularity from a home base in Perth. They’ve covered artists like KUCKA, Indian Summer, Hayden James, Basenji, and pretty much any enormous and talented electronic artist you’ve been enjoying over the past forever.

Earlier this year, they released a compilation of content that introduced Australia to ODESZA, Ryan Hemsworth, and Young Franco, amongst others, on their record label, which has seen fantastic releases from Sable and Willow Beats. They’ve unveiled round #2 just before Christmas, and there’s a whole bunch of treats in here to feast on.

Sable’s “Burfday” is a guilty-pleasure complex wrapped in sirens and piping hot steam, Moon Boots provide a sultry, minimalist disco outing for fans of Bonobo, but who need a bit more flair, with “There’s No Love”, and Catlips provides a track that will jerk your limbs harder than any Disclosure track could.

Although more hit-and-miss, and with less star power than their previous compilation, Pilerats still know who to pick for talent better than anyone, and prove why you’re better off chucking this on the stereo at your next party, rather than letting your mate who goes by the name DJ iTitties to massacre a pair of decks.

Oisima – Sun of Truth feat. Mei Saraswati

Adelaide’s bearded master of fusion is back, kicking into a sensual new groove with the help of Perth vocalist Mei Saraswati. Whilst her vocals are laid-back and fashionable, Oisima’s beat takes the stage, shuffling kegs of flutes and saxophone mingling amongst jungle atmosphere. It’s like The Jungle Book got a remix.

Stax Osset – Symmetry

“Symmetry” has been out for two weeks, but it’s been getting pumped on the speakers for that entire duration. It’s got great vocals, sultry romantic Grimes-esque pop, but with pipes on par with something as intimate and frank as Banks crossed with Karen O at her most revealing. The production is thrilling, bolstering the track to closed-eyes, flickering smile, hands in the air levels of tranquility.

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Hand Games Mixtape #17: BEST OF 2013 (free download)

Oh shit, another best of 2013 thing from this pile of excrement. You see, you’re wrong there, because this is a best of 2013 thing from Hand Games, a service that actually knows how shit went down on 2013, and has a bit more of a broader reach than, say, Soundly Sounds.

There is not a single track on the best of mix that shouldn’t be there. From the internationally conquering Jagwar Ma, Courtney Barnett and Fascinator, to local heros like You Beauty and The Preatures. There’s a strong contingent of electronic wonder courtesy of D.D Dumbo, Oisima, Oscar Key Sung and Major Napier, whilst the tribal element is taken care of through Willow Beats and Savoir.

On the wild and loose front, there’s The Growl, Bad//Dreems and Peter Bibby, all bands with that desert spirit running through their veins. But for number 1, in agreement with this own shitty writer’s opinion, TV Colours gets the spot for best song of the year through the monstrous tune of ‘Beverly’.

Man, what a fucking great list right? Pity you can’t download all of that…oh wait, you can, holy shit, send me a link. ^….it’s up the top there, thank me later.

New: Oisima-Everything About Her (Sweatson Klank Remix) (free download)

Okay, so we’ve heard the original, we’ve heard the Ta-ku remix, and now there’s the Sweaston Klank remix. And yet, we still wait and wait to tire of Oisimia’s ‘Everything About Her’. Surely, it will be a grave day in human history when we skip this song in our Itunes Shuffle.

This new remix from Sweaston Klank is subdued, and a little bit dangerous. It shuffles along like a Nicolas Jaar track, subtly clicking and grooving to its own beat. However, the remix also allows Annabel Weston’s vocals to shine through a bit more, and you can really appreciate how fucking great she sounds. Overall, an adept and different take on the stunning original track from Sweatson Klank, fantastic job.

New: Oisima-Everything About Her (Ta-ku Remix)

Everything about this track is straight chillin yo! Although I’ve been watching way too much Breaking Bad, and have decided to adopt the personality of Jesse Pinkman for better or worse, (most definitely for worse), this song has pulled me out of the reverie just long enough to remind myself that Oisima and Ta-ku are masters of their craft. The original Oisima track is brilliant (get it for free here) but the remix takes it to another level. Baby pterodactyl screams, the main lyric of ‘Bowp’ (I think? who cares) and disorientation played to the max, are all new elements to the original song that Ta-ku chucks in  for some absolutely jaw-dropping listening.

Album Review: Oisima-Goddess EP

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Adelaide’s Oisima is one of, if not the most, promising producers in Australian music right now. But Ryan you ginger shit-filth, I hear you cry, Oisima has been dominating the scene for, I don’t know, forever! Yes, I’m late to the party, but with a new single to flaunt (available for free right here), I thought I’d do a review of his second EP, ‘Goddess’. Its mindblowingly austounding how fucking good hip-hop beats with Middle Eastern flavour and a little trickling of talent can take things. The answer is to: to Alderaan and back.

Compromised of mostly instrumental beats that gloriously slide and overlap each other, the ‘Goddess EP’ is a sample namesake, something that should make DJ Shadow fans wet their fingers and clear out their ear canals in surprise. If DJ Shadow as Muhammed Ali, then Oisima is his Joe Frazier. Whilst DJ Shadow is uncompromising in his audio assualt, Oisima takes a more spindly route, wining and dining the listener, seducing them with various lush tracks until bam! You’re his number one fan.

At least, that’s the process of the first half of the EP. ‘Where the Light Is’ is a super small and tight-knit thing, forgoing extravagance in favour of touching all the right bits and bobs. After establishing himself, the listener is treated to some more left-of centre stuff on ‘Glow (feat. Adam Page)’. It certainly is a glowing track, that emanates a strange otherworldly warmth from the centre, and it would be as amiss as a bull without horns not to mention to smooth sultry saxaphone on the track. It’s goddamn sex. I feel like something non-consentual has taken place after hearing ‘Glow’, but the Motown meets minimalism electronica is too good to complain. Then comes the boom, bang, bop! the exclamation that frightens and entices, with ‘That Lovin’ Thing’. It starts bubbly, but slowly and assuredly gains the confidence to break into a Shlowmo mix, that eventually morphs into a drone-y accusation. If being yelled at by a girlfriend was minimalist Australian techno, it would be this.

Remember, the last few songs I’ve described are only the first half of the EP. There is still more of the same shuffling, voyeuristic and slanted stuff to be found on the remaining EP. That’s not to say that the rest of the stuff sucks, or is even bad. In fact, it’s the exact opposite-Oisima continues his brilliance throughout the EP, a swarming, buzzy energy that adamantly persists regardless of what song it is. Whatever song is playing, you’ll feel an unnatural sense of calm wash over you, and a supernatural love for the music of Oisima.

I’ll say it right now: Oisima is going to be the next big thing, not just in the Australian scene, but internationally. I can see him headlining shit with the likes of Nosaj Thing, Cashmere Cat, XXYYXX and all those other dudes. His brand is unmistakable, sexy and flowing like the dress of a Greek Goddess. Never mind the fact that sounds pretentious as all fuck, but if your any sort of chilled person that enjoys a little electronica here and there….get this EP. GET IT NAOW!

You can stream the ‘Goddess EP’ of which I just described right here, as well capture his brand new single in the Pokeball that is iTunes, from his Bandcamp right here. You can catch him at Tatler’s, Kings Cross on August 15th, or Outside In Festival on September 21st.