[Review] Ookay – Ghost EP
Many musicians are quickly categorized. They get shoved into a niche and are expected to stay eternal yet the same, grow old yet remain timeless. The expectation often causes undue pressure on both the artist and fans. This is especially true for electronic artists. Under the umbrella of “electronic,” things are broken down into even more specific categories, making each niche even smaller and more difficult to navigate creatively. We recently met up with Ookay at TomorrowWorld to have a chat about his music. He expressed that he wanted to make any and all types of music, truly making it his own and being a true musician in any sense of the word. His new EP Ghost came out today 11/10 and we clearly see a step in that direction.
The EP opens up with the title track “Ghost.” From the beginning, we see drastic growth and change in the style for which Ookay is previously known. The track has a synth progression that could have easily been influenced by the theme song for The X-Files, yet keeps a unique tone in its build and drop. The perfect opening to the EP, “Ghost” sets the feel for the remaining 4 tracks, which is calm yet brooding, much like that creepy sensation that crawls up your spine when you feel you’re being watched.
The second track on the EP, “Egg Drop Soup,” is a little closer to what fans would expect from Ookay. It carries steadfast through its entirety with a consistent beat that asks for some rap-lyrics, which come in the form of a couple clever vocal samples. The energy picks up in this track, a great contrast to the looming feel of “Ghost”, one can easily see the beat being a wildcard drop for a show.
In comes “Drop Et Agen,” a favorite of Ghost. Opening with a crystal clear house beat, the song catches one’s ears off the bat. After picking up more, the true pronunciation of the song comes through in a quick vocal sample “drop it again!” This track has a unique and well thought out progression. Building and dropping in a unique way, even though the beat itself is repetitive, the listener is never bored. It’s clear that Ookay is playing with different uses of the beat and its various combinations. His idea to play all types of music shines here, a catchy track for anyone to enjoy.
The next track is a collaboration with Riggi & Piros called “Dafuq.” This track has clear big room influences, with a high energy drop that stays throughout the entire track. It’s a clear melding of minds between these artists, and Ookay shines with the final drop of the song, breaking away from the big room title and going pure trap. The song stands out among the rest of the Ghost EP s being something that we haven’t heard from Ookay too often. The song in its entirety is a fun romp.
The final song on Ghost is “Matters.” A true denouement to the entire EP, “Matters” winds everything down, pulling all aspects of the EP together for a calm and collected finish. Almost like the cool down after a heavy workout, the song still incorporates familiar beat progressions and a smoothed out version of themes throughout Ghost, ending the EP flawlessly.
Ookay’s Ghost EP was dropped TODAY 11/10/2014 on Dim Mak Records for your listening and iTunes ordering pleasure. The EP truly shows a great direction for Ookay, with growth and experimentation that calls for more. We can’t wait to see what this up-and-coming DJ has in store for his future ventures.