When it comes to the next generation of heads shaping the UK’s contemporary dub and electronic scenes, Ossia is high up on the list of the marshals of the vanguard. Through running a range of record labels, throwing endless memorable parties and being a member of Bristol’s Young Echo Sound, all on top of his evolving projects, his influence and energy is far reaching.
His own skewed, drenched-in-dread interpretation of the dubwise aesthetic and his unhinged take on soundsystem culture are a big part of his understanding of music. Always seeking for a sonic that builds on tension and release, guttural and cerebral meditations on low-end pressure and a heady conveyance of his self-styled sound palette, which can draw from all angles and directions, take U-turns, sidesteps and confident crash landings… Throw away your guide books and manuals, don’t bother with the seatbelt, they are of no use here.
Ossia flirts and abuses with the tactile and analogue aspects of live performance. He tempers the analogue and physical aspects of musical interaction, tension and suspense playing an equal part to the final sum in Ossia’s live shows, forming a cohesive concoction to the final impact of each thundering release. The steam rolling aftermath of dread atmospherics and tripped out ambience. With a restrained internet-policy and a dubplate-ethos that favours tricks and surprises over complete transparency, you can rest-assured that most of his productions and treasured exclusives are kept under wraps only to be unveiled in live or DJ sets.
His first 12″, a collaborative affair with Vessel under the aliases ‘Ape & Oa$is’ was released in 2014, and ‘Red X’ his first solo release as Ossia was launched via Blackest Ever Black a year on. He has worked on two word-sound projects with vocalist and poet Chester Giles for FuckPunk and Empty Head Rich Heart, and he has recently released a 2 x 12″ on Berceuse Heroique, to critical acclaim. Full-length solo releases and collaborative material with Giant Swan coming in 2017.
“As a producer, he turns technical flaws into potent atmospheric tools in time-honoured dub tradition. He pulls ghosts out of rattling reverb springs and noisy channels, creating loaded ambience that creeps and lurks in the language of mutes, FX sends and faders.” – RESIDENT ADVISOR
“Some of the dankest, haunted dubs outta the UK in some time, placing a uniquely charred, radioactive and reverberant spin on classic dub foundations filtered thru technoid, blackened sensibilities” – BOOMKAT
“It’s a tense, spacey, mesmerizing record.” NEW YORK TIMES on Red X
|28/04/17||Ossia in London, UK||Corsica Studios|