Premiere: Brisbane's du0 makes an impression with It's OK
It's a second - and more personal - look into an artist channelling names like TOKiMONSTA and What So Not.
Despite only having two tracks under his belt, it's evident that du0 is an artist to keep an eye on. Channelling names including TOKiMONSTA and San Holo, the Brisbane-based producer/songwriter is an act bringing an emotive touch with the flowing synth walls and crisp percussion that typically haunt the 'future-bass' genre cloud, offering a more down-tempo approach that simply hints at the aforementioned names and their accompanying sound. Rather than going for the maximalist, over-sensory approach to future-bass which perhaps plagued the genre and gave it a bit of an unfair reputation, du0's side of things is more drawn on emotion and intimacy, mixing sombre vocals with soft, cinematic-appealing productions which played a significant part in getting his debut single, Bits of Tape, a heap of well-deserved recognition and acclaim.
His second single, however - It's OK - is a track that fleshes this out and as a result, feels a little deeper and more substantial. Not to undermine Bits of Tape, but its follow-up feels more refined and polished, spotlighting the intimacy of his debut and making it a central theme of the track, highlighting it through tender vocals and instrumentation that brings together moments of subtilty and grandness - a difficult feat, but one he pulls off. "It’s OK is quite a personal song for me. It delves into the delicate nature of relationships and how they can fail when they’re unbalanced and when people feel they are being taken advantage of," he says on the single. "I really played on these emotions when writing and producing It’s OK - using delicate verses that develop into loud, raw and aggressive choruses. I tried to mirror the emotional aesthetic in my own electronic way. It’s something I hope people can connect with, relating back to their own lives whether it is love, friendship, family or work."
Listen to the track below, ahead of its full release tomorrow.
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