After a series of podcasts and a digital compilation release, emerging southwest label Off-Switch Audio are coming through with the goods in the form of their first 12" white label release.
OSA001 is fronted by track "Rezonate" from up-and-coming producer Nuboid featuring subtle synth melodies laced with soft harmonising sub-bass creating an ambient ethereal delight suitable for accompanying your existential wonderings via headphones as you walk home from a weird night out.
The first remix by Six Sunsets picks it up a little with a classic bass-heavy grime take on the track featuring choppy percussion and distorted strings. It's a strong remix that just asks for bars to be spat.
Our favourite from the record is the second remix by Sam ULG. A characteristically "instrumental" track with a more pensive take on grime, it sits comfortably without need for vocals - think Last Japan or Drone. Sitting at a steady 135 BPM, the track fuses vocal cuts with the sounds of lasers and gunshots and whilst these recycled sounds may run a risk, the track avoids mediocrity and retains the ethereal nature of the original, ending the record on a high.
OSA001 is out soon on 12” vinyl through Off-Switch Audio. Pre-order via Big Cartell
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Words by Beth Sheldrick