Words by John-Robert Torres and Henry Anthony-Duscheid
ABHI THE NOMAD
Don’t underestimate the name, taking on a moniker such as Abhi the Nomad has some serious meaning behind this new Austin based artist who you can catch this 2018 SXSW. Born in Madras, India, the young artist moved eight times before he turned even turned 18, even finding himself in California before he was forced to move back to India. In The time spent moving around the world Abhi took to one past time that helped him with his sense of stability: his music. Abhi the Nomad’s debut album Marbled, which made its way to the masses on February 9, is his compilation of songs that he has created over the course of his nomadic lifetime. With a new take on the Hip-Hop / Rap genre, Marbled will take you through his life of trials, tribulations and warnings to a future Abhi, all done with amazing production, instrumentation and flow. Be sure not to miss out on this new artist, you’d be sorely mistaken if you do.
OKiR, or OKiR Tha Moshher, is a Detroit Rapper and Producer that has the depth of a philosopher and song writing abilities that allow him to flow effortlessly about money to physics. One of the first things I noticed about OKiR was his voice, qualities of breathy with playful range into high-pitched affect that makes you bounce. The most recent project OKiR dropped FastForward Rewind, is the washed out almost binge-like syrup rap that is typically heard in the south east US, but he flows with mystic like insight of a dreamy world. A lot of his material has a dark aspect to the way he goes in: describing serious drug use, difficulty maintaining success, and self-doubt. He really is a versatile rapper that can be snapping on song and then hold it down with a lulling drone. Look forward to OKiR at Dujarie Stage.
Hip-hop beat maker OLEGASEN utilizes warm synthesis with the traditional sampling chops that define the genre. When you throw on some chill-hop that fits perfectly for study as much as it for grooving. This style was defined by Madlib and his ability to add new sounds on top of record samples that bridge the hip hop world with other genres. On the song “Tjader cheese Fungi,” OLASEGUN brings a tasteful blend of smooth keyboard melody along with bubbling drums and vocal samples interspersed throughout.