Octo Octa – “Between Two Selves” – [100% Silk]
This debut album from Brooklyn’s Octo Octa on 100% Silk is a very clean, polished house album, which seems to be it’s biggest criticism. The producer has honed in on a formula which seems to work for him and is exploiting it quite well. There are no huge surprises or anything outstandingly original here, but it’s not quite derivative. A few tracks are little too dancefloor oriented and syrupy for my tastes (“His Kiss”) and maybe a bit more vocals than I’d like. “Come Closer” treads pretty close to progressive (why are there so many notes in this?” but there are a couple of very choice tracks as well. The deep “Fear,” with oscillating drums and reverbed techno stabs, the New York garage sound of “Uneasy” and the chilled out “Who Will I Become” make the album worthwhile for me. I can bear a bit of sweetness to get to the heavy stuff here, and even if it’s isn’t 100% up my alley, I cannot say that the production is not impeccable and I can certainly appreciate the aesthetic, even if I’m not completely into some of the tracks.