With his recent contribution to the Phuture Shock Muzik’s mini-compilation Excursions, we felt it was about time to key you into Bristol producer OPR8.
By no means a new player in the game, the 51°27’ club night resident DJ appeared on the scene in 2011 and has done well to maintain Bristol’s knack for coloring outside of the stylistic lines. While not prolific in his output, over the years OPR8 has displayed strength in producing Hip Hop, UK Funky, UK Garage and a wide array of House permutations.
For HIGHCAST 62, OPR8 extends that habit of freeform coloring, straddling the line between Bass and House and giving plenty of room to fellow Bristonians like Behling & Simpson, Shanti Celeste and Borai as well as legends like Mr Fingers and Four Tet. It kicks off with his brooding piece with Autumn Music from Excursions (read his explanation of the track over at Earmilk)
1. OPR8 feat Autumn Music – Call To Riddle
2. Burial – Ashtray Wasp
3. Da Stern – The Exchange
4. Four Tet – Lion (Jamie XX Remix)
5. Lily – Machine Dreams
6. Four Tet – For these Times
7. Behling & Simpson – Where The Oh’s
8. Rachael – Kung Funk
9. Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It
10. Borai – Does It Bother You?
11. Shanti Celeste – Result
12. Bass Clef – Faster Than The Speed Of Love
13. Trevino – Derelict
14. Blunt Instruments – Hold Back
PURCHASE “EXCURSIONS” MINI-COMPILATION
This summer marks the inception of ‘EXCURSIONS’ – an extension of the Phuture Shock Musik imprint, and the first in a series of ‘anything goes’ musical experiments.
The new sub label intends to act as an outlet for artists from the PSM camp (amongst others) , that allows the creative freedom to showcase their more leftfield works – where less emphasis is on the dance-floor and more focus on the endless possibilities of musical exploration, whilst maintaining a forward-thinking ethos.
Each release under the ‘EXCURSIONS’ banner will be exclusive to vinyl only, and highly limited to 300 copies – with the maiden 12” being pressed on an alluring slab of red transparent wax.
The first volume features 4 brand new cuts – one apiece courtesy of; Bristol-based producer – OPR8, fellow Bristolian beatsmith – Psyah, the ever elusive Roof Light from the outskirts of London, and Detroit’s on-the-rise talent – Appian.
The opening number sets the mood in true Bristol fashion with OPR8 blurring the lines between misty dub and 80’s dream pop a la ‘Mezzanine’-era Massive Attack on ‘Call To Fiddle’ – which features the folky tones of local songbird Autumn music aka Rosi Croom. Psyah returns to the fold following a mysterious absence with ‘The Coolidge Effect’, an off-kilter R&B jam that marries woozy synth-chords with understated 808’s and interposed melodic hooks. The B side enters further surreal territory – first up with a brief moment of warped lo-fi tropicalia from Roof Light entitled ‘Gal Costa’s Headband’ – seemingly paying homage to the Brazilian songstress highlighted within the tracks title, while the mesmerising ‘If Only’ inhabits the final grooves, where Appian is left to his own devices – conjuring a gauzy cloud of sound dust, that develops into something that may very well be the sound of robots making babies.