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.