Introducing Perth hip hop duo Otiuh, and their new soundtrack for your next road trip - '85
A couple of dudes making some seriously laidback hip hop grooves right now.
Cesara Papa and Jahmeil Baker together form Otiuh, who you may remember from when we premiered a rad video clip for their last track Bread & Circus, and now return with another pearler - '85 feat. Jose Halftime. It's another breezy slice of soul-infused hip hop that still packs a punch, and is the perfect warmer as we finally start to get into some warmer months.
Check it out and get to know Otiuh a little better below:
Tell us about yourselves?
Otiuh is the brainchild of myself (Cesare Papa) and Jahmeil Baker. We met in high school. About a year or so of rhyming in each other's backyard and going to festivals/concerts led us to the conclusion that we had to create something. There was an energy of sorts that had to be expressed.
What kinda tunes we talkin’?
We’re talking alternative hip hop. We’re talking high energy with a dip into funk and soul. Influences ranging anywhere from A Tribe Called Quest to The Cat Empire. That kind of hip hop that makes you bob your head and want to cry and all that.
We usually listen to a bunch of music that we’re both vibing together. I then go back and cook up a handful of beats and send them Jahmeil’s way. He writes a 16 or two, and that usually forms the seed that turns into song. Ask anybody I don’t care, Jah writes some of the coldest 16’s you’re going to hear around town. We recently formed a band for shows and have been working with our guitarist incorporating live instrumentation into our latest cuts.
Can you tell us about your new single ’85 feat. Jose Halftime?
’85 has been in the works for about a year now. It’s a bouncy, braggadocios track that imagines us in a Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas kind of road trip. Creamy synth bass and exotic percussion drive the song from start to finish. The baritone vocals of José Halftime flesh out the chorus. He was the perfect man for the job. It’s about the freedom of expression enjoyed on a desert road. It’s some real ride-off-into-the-sunset kind of music.
Any shows coming up?
We’re supporting Your Girl Pho on the last stop of her tour at the Aardvark on September the 14th. We’re also playing WAMFest later in November.
What’s the rest of the year have in store?
We’re currently writing a couple summer jams which we want to release toward the end of the year. All of this should be culminating towards an EP. Funky flavours should be expected.
Where can we hear more of your music?
Follow Otiuh: FACEBOOK