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Mixtape Presents Flava D (UK) & Oceantied
June 2, 2018, 10:00 pm
On the face of it, the Bournemouth born Flava D’s outlook on her career seems pretty simplistic: she likes to make music, constantly. And although there’s undoubtedly a whole lot more planning and thought that goes into the thinking behind the timing and positioning of her releases, she’s maintained the purity of that initial enthusiasm and it’s helped her go from selling beats on Myspace to headlining club nights and festivals and releasing well-received album projects (such as her FABRICLIVE 88 mix and the TQD album ukg) in a number of years.
Ever since the appearance of ‘Hold On’, her 2013 debut release on the Butterz label, Flava D’s ably established herself as a player working in that furtive arena where garage, grime and bassline music intersects. More than adept at making the wonderfully smooth and bumpy UKG of tracks like ‘More Love’, she’s also demonstrated a knack for producing harder hitting club cuts like ‘In the Dance’ and her remix of ‘Rhythm & Gash’. It’s precisely that kind of widened scope she explored and demonstrated to the fullest in the making of FABRICLIVE 88 when she set herself the task of producing 90% of the music used on the mix herself.
The past year has been abuzz with news from Oceantied, who has been steadily making a mark for himself both internationally as well as in India. From performing at the first Boiler Room session in India to playing at playing at two of the biggest European festivals, Outlook and Dimensions festivals, the solo electronic project started by Ketan Bahirat, Oceantied is a deep-dive into the artist’s sprawling soundscape. Ranging from dark and frenetic, to upbeat and dancefloor – friendly, Oceantied’s palette of sounds spans the genre spectrum easily, with a generous helping of beats, funk and fat basslines to have audiences crawling the walls.
Fresh from his residency at Red Bull Music Academy, Montreal, and from spreading his unique brand of melodies all over the globe, Ketan Bahirat released his debut EP ‘Tribes’ in December,
2016. ‘Tribes’, which has been in the works for two years, draws inspiration from Bahirat’s views of the world around him. Polished with skills Bahirat picked up at the Red Bull Music Academy,
‘Tribes’ is an immersive delight for a range of music lovers, genre no bar. From new-age footwork and jungle, to eclectic electronic beats made through found sound, to recordings on Indian streets
and samples from field recordings, ‘Tribes’ is a multi-layered, engrossing experience in itself.