Photo via Nu Wave Sound
Stefon Osae Showcases His Versatility As A Producer On 'Overly Saturated' EP [Premiere]
Photo via Nu Wave Sound.
The Austin, TX, producer collaborated with a handful of local artists on the project including Zayland and Jay Wile.
Stefon Osae's production could serve as the soundtrack to an Adult Swim bump. His beats maintain the feel and style J Dilla popularized prior to his death — slightly off-grid drums that'll make your neck recoil in the best way possible — while also speaking to the contemporary future funk sounds of Kaytranada and Matt Martians.
This is embodied in Osae's Overly Saturated EP, a seven-song project that carries a comforting warmth and vibrant charm from beginning to end. His first proper release, Overly Saturated is a fitting name. The bubbly and bouncy, jazz-sounding synths and piano paired with knocking drums feels like a light rush of water coming down your head on a hot and sunny day. In other words, the ideal soundtrack to most days in Austin, Texas, a place known just as much for its humidity than its BBQ and talented musicians.
Overly Saturated has been in the making since Osae moved from Tucson, Arizona, to Austin about three years ago. Initially, it was four instrumentals that then became three after one of them was picked up by dance and electronic artist Zackey Force Funk. The project took on a new life as Osae worked with local artists like Joaqu.n, Jay Wile and Zayland, and became a part of the Nu Wave Sound collective.
Osae and Zayland had previously worked together for the latter's song "Rolling Stone." The pair reunited on three songs from Overly Saturated: "Run Away," "What's Good," and lead single "Roll The Dice."
"We loved the feeling that song brought and it featured one of my favorite bassists Chase Goldman on it, so we decided that would the first piece of the project to share with the world," Osae said of "Roll The Dice."
The project then ends with "I Got It," which features Wile.
"We thought it would be a perfect ender because it encapsulates the sounds of the project in one song, and the structuring is so unique," Osae said. "With this project I wanted to showcase my talent and versatility to the world, and show that we know how to make real quality music."