What immediately grabbed my attention about the debut album from Berlin-based producers Egokind & Ozean were the big names that the album promo compared the duo to - Jon Hopkins, Caribou, James Holden and Four Tet. These are all artists that I have fallen in love with because of the beautiful, melodic and emotional music that they create. This bold claim certainly grabbed my attention and within minutes I was listening…
‘Transition’ is an album with the perfect blend of emotional, melancholic tracks alongside energetic, feel good compositions. The duo recorded each track with live instruments, later manipulating in post-production to develop their beautifully unique and transformed sound. The LP is made up of thirteen tracks, each of which offer an individual feel and input into the album. For example, you have the driving beats and warm sounds of ‘Mega’ which could certainly pass as the product of a Four Tet/Jon Hopkins collaboration; ‘Mute Memories’ is a down-beat, melancholic track with distorted vocals and delicate melodic elements; ‘We Float Around (And Hang Out On Clouds)’ is soft and chilled with a beautiful piano at its heart (that really does transport you to a cloud if you close your eyes); ‘Silverbird Wake Me Up’ has to be my pick of the album – it’s a feel good, melodic track with the production quality you would expect from Four Tet.
This was my first introduction to Egoking & Ozean and it was a pleasant surprise. It’s not often you find an album that delivers tracks of such high quality and consistency throughout. I’ve been genuinely impressed by the style and originality of their sound and, of course, enjoyed the elements of their music that hint to influences from the pioneering producers they are boldly compared to.
‘Transition’ the debut album from Egokind & Ozean is released in the UK 3.10.14 on Traum (CD/Vinyl/Digital)