Oddisee & Good Compny
The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee’s new album ‘The Iceberg’ is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. His third release in just 12 months, ‘The Iceberg’ is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: how we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, Go-go, gospel,thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement. ‘The Iceberg’ is out February 24 on Mello Music Group.
Lead single “Things” acts as a mission statement for the album, a deep dance groove with lightning-quick lyrics about “things” he’s going through. Says Oddisee, “"We all go through the trials & tribulations of life. Why is it we feel the need to individualize our shared experiences? If only we could see our concerns as others do, maybe they wouldn't be so serious."
Listen to “Things” via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7L3wnAwMNo
Says NPR: “‘Things,’ a bright and bouncy dance track, adds a new color to Oddisee's production palette — but the song's energy belies its lyrical content. It's a confessional that finds the rapper-producer wrestling with his status, summed up by a nod to The Notorious B.I.G.'s "mo' money, mo' problems" mantra. Much of Oddisee's career has been marked by that dilemma, and here, he likens it to a horror-film cliché: He's unable to resist the urge to run towards the screams.”
‘The Iceberg’ was recorded and produced by Oddisee at his own studio in Brooklyn, made with live instrumentation performed by Oddisee and members of his band, Good Compny.
Oddisee has released two studio albums, several EPs mixtapes and instrumental albums, and has over 23million plays on Spotify. He’s been profiled by NPR, the Washington Post, praised by Pitchfork and Stereogum, performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk, Red Bull Sound Select and at festivals including Glastonbury and Sasquatch. ‘The Iceberg’ follows two releases in 2016, the ‘Alwasta EP’ and the instrumentals album ‘The Odd Tape.’ His 2015 full-length ‘The Good Fight’ was a Top 10 album on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rapchart and he won the iTunes Music award for Best Hip-Hop Album of 2012.
Olivier St. Louis
Olivier was born in Washington DC of Haitian and Cameroon heritage, but spent most of his childhood studying in the remote countryside of the UK. His boarding school experience not only developed his appreciation for other cultures but musically he grew-up hearing beyond the excepted genres of a kid from the Nation’s Capital. At age 15 Olivier’s CD and sometimes cassette collection would range from hip hop, RnB to Garage and British rock.
Olivier remained in the UK and completed a Bio Science Degree in Oxford but couldn’t suppress his real passion for music. After graduation, he began a ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ life. A scientist by day; recording artist by night.
In 2006 he released his first album titled “kilowatt”, which put the artist known as ‘Olivier Daysoul’ on the map within the underground electro-hip-hop scene. Simultaneously, Olivier began receiving numerous requests from producers to feature as a vocalist.
He went on to receive significant international attention for his work as a featured singer/songwriter. This momentum pushed Olivier in 2010 to take the leap and pursue music full time. He worked and toured worldwide with various artists including Hudson Mohawke, Oddisee, the C2C Dj’s, and many more. Despite all of this, Olivier felt something was missing…A true reflection of his own voice and sound.
A hiatus from feature recordings and some deep introspection found Olivier discovering his love for blues, rock and funk. Many late-night guitar sessions resulted in new soundscapes. A new chapter was opening. The former ‘Daysoul’ moniker exchanged for his original birth name ‘St. Louis’. Producing and writing all his own music and playing his own instrumentation; Olivier St. Louis was embarking on a new road.
After a successful UK Tour with Laura Mvula, Olivier is getting ready to join Germany’s most prolific band at the moment, AnnenMayKantereit for another Tour in spring 2017 and he surely won’t come without his upcoming release “Ever since the fall EP”, out on Jakarta Records in February 2017.
When asked his thoughts on his artistry he states:
„no punches pulled …no compromises … just me”.
Old Man Saxon
Old Man Saxon spent 2014 living out of his car while pursuing his rap career. He slept in the backseat of his Ford Explorer, showered at gyms, ate Happy Meals twice a day, and worked nights at a restaurant to keep money in his pocket.
Every night, he wrote lyrics to keep his mind off the daily struggles. Over the course of the year, he wrote hundreds of songs, recorded about 30, and selected four songs that best captured the year—a defining moment in his life and career—for his new album, The Perils.
The music video for the title track of the album is directed by Anthony Yano Hays. His goal was to truthfully and powerfully portray the indescribable loneliness, anxiety, and vulnerability that Old Man Saxon felt while being homeless.