Otira Resurrects the Sounds of UK Breakbeat & Jungle With Soundboy Burnin’ EP


Poised to ride a huge wave of momentum for the rest of the year and well into 2020, newcomer Otira makes a bold statement with his new EP Soundboy Burnin’. Displaying not only an impressive array of production skills but also a deep appreciation for rave culture, Otira summons sounds of UK hardcore, breakbeat, and jungle through a modern lens. Falling into the spaces between pure genres, Otira concocts a brazen sonic style all his own, perfectly blending classic electronic elements with cutting edge nuances. 

The 4-track EP gets right into the madness with the title track “Soundboy Burnin.” Devious vocal samples introduce the track as a rising rhythmic section swells and shatters into a mental percussion-driven drop. This track is absolutely ruthless, primed like a warhead set to lay waste to any dancefloor.  “XTC” keeps the energy levels high with clattering drums, sweltering hi-hats, and thick synths. This tune truly pulls from a wide array of musical dialects to create an aural experience that feels full of nostalgia and brand new simultaneously. With these first two tracks, we get a great sense of Otira’s appreciation for jungle and drum & bass while also getting a deep insight into his musical character.

Gunshots” takes a militant approach and the tune’s use of refrain and negative space is what really makes this track stand apart from the rest of the EP.  Cerebral in its composition “Gunshots” showcases Otira’s deft approach as a composer creating a complex banger that bass music aficionados can really sink their teeth into. “Dread” closes it out the offering in hard-hitting style. Uplifting vocals play delicately in the background as a rambunctious breakbeat/happy hardcore rhythm careens in the forefront.

With the release of Soundboy Burnin’ as well as Otira’s official remix of The Bloody Beetroots seminal track “Warp 1.9 (Featuring Steve Aoki),” earlier this year Otira has put a huge stamp on 2019. Not to mention the fact that he opened his year with a massive collaboration with Dog Blood. After spending a few days in the studio with Skrillex and Boys Noize in Berlin, the track “KOKOE” was created thrusting Otira onto the scene. Undoubtedly an artist to keep an eye on, we’re expecting big things from Otira next year as well. 

Jabari Kefele

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