Ou Où Releases Biocities, Collaborating with Many Local Artists: Review
As the 30-minute mix reaches its halfway point, the beats hit a little harder. Ryan Wasoba doubles the length of "Ant Spiral" and turns the originally pneumatic track into an industrial/hip-hop hybrid that's both jazzy and math-y at the same time. LooseScrewz keeps the tension high on "Kanya (Elektrip)," with dubby sonic booms, buzzy synths and verses from Thelonious Kryptonite. And with Ou Où providing the common thread, these trips through psych and metal and hip-hop don't sound remotely disjointed; here, it's all part of the same tapestry.
Even with one listen through Biocities, it becomes evident that Ou Où has done something tricky and ultimately self-effacing with what could be seen as a vanity project: Weston and Bursik offered up their impressionistic source material as an invitation to each artist. It's a place where JJ Hamon can be both John Fahey and Garth Hudson while staying (mostly) true to the tapes.
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