Between Two Selves

Octo Octa

Vinyl 2x12"

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2013, 100% Silk

VINYL FORMAT. Sophistication and elegance have not always been the strobe light honey for diehard divers into the dance genre, but it's been Octo Octa's strongest suit since his 2011 debut 12-inch on 100% Silk. Here once more are those initial ideas of identity and hunger for intimacy, leading to an adrift, uneasy feeling— only now they've materialized into that instantly recognizable, authentic Octo Octa sound. "Promising" was an early word to describe the thoughtful, dedicated producer (who records in a cramped corner of a kitchen in a cramped corner of Brooklyn), and Silk's anticipations were justified: Between Two Selves has a facile sensuality—the reclining nude of Octo's Blue Period—with more room to breathe or sigh, and the sort of anthemic samplics handily summed up with a single coaxing call ("I want you," "I don't want you to go," "All his kisses taste sweet"). Focusing on fewer manipulated, pitched elements over the course of more extended, abstracted compositions, Octo Octa has become one of the prophetic personifiers of regal melancholy in electronic music, along with James Blake and King Midas Sound. Homoeroticism and homosentimentality, urge and satisfaction, celebration and celibacy lay languidly across Between Two Selves, a lofty, soulful statement that 100% Silk is blessed to release on the world.

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