BDEM015: Oxidan - Promise // Available on Spotify: 24th March 2018
Oxidan is the next artist on our roster to drop a debut release with us, and we're SUPER excited to be the ones to be able to release this into the world.
Promise is a 2-track 2-Step Garage release with two very different tracks, but still somehow keeping a cohesive sound and concept.
Oxidan claims that he crosses over genres depending on the mood he's in. If he's angry or annoyed, he'll do something heavier like Dubstep, or something with a gritty "in your face" bassline. If he's happy or in a good mood, then he'll do something "a bit easier on the ears".
Promise, as a multi-emotional release with tracks made for two very different purposes, shows that we're setting up our future with Oxidan where we can expect multi-genre releases all across the electronic field.
Oxidan is dedicated to pushing the music hard this year, he's sick of working for buttons so he's decided he's going to get big, like living next to door to Will Smith big.
Its a frame of mind he's had for half a year now, and it seems to be doing the job. He's on that Law of Arttraction path.
Oxidan's story for Promise is that he made it during a tough time with his girlfriend, of which the conclusion was the need for him to make a promise. The same day he had to make it, he found the vocal sample for this track and thus the track came to represent his promise in a musical form.
With the dominant minor chords expected in a Future Garage track, this track should be 'melancholic'. However, this track actually gives really nice warm and pleasant vibes which are just as fitting if you're sitting watching the snow as if you're enjoying the warmth and embrace of a late summer night kicking it on the beach around a little fire. There's a warming feel to the track which gives it a season-less advantage, where some Garage tracks are typically suited to either summer or winter.
The track is rhythmically built aroud some lovely percussion and breaks that drive the warm bass sound and pull the beautiful chords and vocals along in a well-glued fashion.
These are the classic 'Future Garage' feels that we came to love and it's refreshing to hear it being made in high quality in 2018.
The B-side of the release is a club track. 'She Freaks' is inspired by the thought of a DJ/Producer spinning his tunes in the club, looking down at his girlfriend lost in the music, showing full support and dancing like Amber Heard in The Rum Diary.
"We've all seen our birds get hyped over us when we DJ." - Oxidan
'She Freaks' is one for the real Future Garage ravers of the 2008-2012 period. It has that dissonant, dark, intimate club vibe but with the rhythm and 2-Step swing to pull it into sexy. The track is full of amazing punchy basses and intricate changes of sounds which create exciting rhythmical patterns.