Eighteen months on from the release of his “Octopus” EP at the start of 2016, Oscurito, returns to Bricolage with fresh ideas, new philosophies and a whole new production skill set. The “Eastern Philosophy” EP sees the Glaswegian indulge his ambient side that bit more. ‘Kunoichi’ opens things up with a buzzing, calming drone, sparse keys, sumptuous synth work and some stunning string sections that slowly engulf your headspace before ‘The Nihon Shoki’ slowly flutters into view with yet more string arrangements and synths. This time they come backed up with carefully selected and perfectly placed percussive elements and a humming bassline. Then the deep vocals of “Find Your Centre” introduce us to the most danceable track on the EP. Out goes the overall ambient side of things and back in come those trademark bulky basslines, sliding perc work and psychedelic melodies to form a big, truly Eastern flavoured tech house special. It’s been a pleasure to watch the evolution of Oscurito over the past year and a half and there’s way more to come from a producer who’s just starting to find his own sound.
The EP comes backed up with two remixes of “Find Your Centre”. the first is an electro flavoured take on things from Dreamland Fantasy. Keeping all the main ingredients of the original at the fore and adding his own elements to create a fresh and engaging remix.
Minerva chooses to go down a more progressive route by manipulating the original percussion into her own bustling style and letting things slowly evolve in a repetitive and hypnotic fashion that harks back to the early days of that old school prog house feel of 2000’s. Big kicks at the forefront to really drum things home.
The Bricolage Collective is currently holding a competition to remix Oscurito‘s track “Find Your Centre”. When the competition closes, two remixes will be chosen and the winners’ tracks will feature on Oscurito’s “Eastern Philosophy” EP due for release on 24th July 2017. Full details of the competition are available here.
This is my submission for the remix competition. Enjoy! (^_^)
Due to personal reasons I am a bit late posting that Fragile X has done a remix of my track The Mermaid’s Reverie. Check out his remix below.
If you want to hear the original and other remixes of The Mermaid’s Reverie then the playlist for the tracks is below:
Remix “The Mermaid’s Reverie”
If you have done a remix you can showcase it at the SoundCloud group The Mermaid’s Reverie: Remixes.
The first remix submitted, featured below, is by Leit Motif which gives The Mermaid’s Reverie a more ambient vibe.
Be sure to check back at the group for more remixes!
Happy remixing! (^_^)
From Bricolage’s BandCamp page:
Volumes 1 and 2 of our various artists compilations spanned all corners of the globe and provided some fantastic sounds. For Volume 3 we’ve stayed closer to home and delivered a substantial range of tracks that are all products of Scotland. In sticking with the theme of the previous compilations, the sounds are as eclectic as ever. Music from Alpha Skies, Dreamland Fantasy, Nova Noma, Gregor Garnutsi and many more.
This is my submission for The Piano Cloud’s Haiku Challenge.
A haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry. The haiku that inspired this track is:
A train goes by,
its smoke curling
around the new tree leaves
– Masaoka Shiki
Original railroad tracks photograph by Linda Thomas which is in the public domain and available from http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=10948&picture=railroad-tracks