In music, much like Game of Thrones, that which is dead may never die. It’s something that comes to mind listening to the music of Brussels-based act OTON, whose music harkens back to the late-90s, where the alchemy of electronic production, jazzy flourishes, hip-hop beats and more than little melancholy was inescapable in restaurants and shops around the world.
Trip-hop may have never fully gone away, rather it seeped into the wider musical consciousness, now that almost all new music borrows from each of those genres in some way, but it’s a delight to hear an example of it that hues close to the early days. That’s the case on “Slow,” from the duo of Baptiste Langlois and Sasha Vovk.
“‘Slow’ is about your real self and alter-ego coming to terms with addiction versus desires,” Vovk says of the song. “The story is told from the alter-ego and how you’re not really you when you’re high – you’re a version of yourself. It’s about losing yourself, getting to the point where you don’t really know if you’re you anymore, and realizing that you’re slowly drifting away from reality.”
OTON’s Seasons EP is due out May 17th.