After releasing a slew of material and debut album Superficial in 2017, Montreal-based Ouri returns with her first offering of 2018, We Share Our Blood. Drenched in dark, electronic swells that comprise of glitched out R&B, thumping techno and intoxicating bass-laden production, Ouri carves out a newfound human touch on her latest release.
Opener ‘Down’ plays with looped vocals that seemingly hang in the air around building sub-bass and ghostly pads, providing a feminine voice that cuts through complex beats with a spectral quality. One of the most notable additions to Ouri’s songwriting process on We Share Our Blood is the incorporation of her own voice into the EP, one that offsets the intensity of production to create hazed-out mantras that define We Share Our Blood. The decision brings with it all the intricacies and complexities of being human, adding a defined personality to a world of harsher electronic tones, made abundantly clear in title track ‘We Share Our Blood’ that captures the spectrum of human desire over a brooding techno rhythm.
‘Ouri is an emerging voice to be reckoned with’
Future R&B cut ‘Escape’ is an instant pleaser, a mesmerizing display of smoky synths and a more discernible vocal melody. Metallic percussion and shuffling beats propel the track, demonstrative of Ouri’s ability to adapt to genre and style whilst maintaining a unique identity. We Share Our Blood borrows sonic templates from a multitude of underground dance genres, maintaining a murky cloud of thick bass and reverb-heavy stems that keep the EP firmly grounded as her own.
Yet for all the welcome inclusions of voice into the fray, Ouri undoubtedly excels in the production department. Album highlight comes in the form of ‘Hypersensis’, a Jon Hopkins-esque track aimed squarely for the dancefloor. A 4am anthem for blissed out dancers, ‘Hypersensis’ is a nuanced production that experiments with shifting structure to deliver a cathartic blast of electronic euphoria. Kick drums flit in and out, punctuating the track with moments of tribal rhythm to compliment soaring sections of pads. Instrumentation suddenly becomes apparent despite lurking in the background for bars prior, sweeping you on a journey that ends with an almost minimal arpeggiated bassline.
Made clear in this year’s fantastic Boiler Room and cemented on this latest release, Ouri is an emerging voice in the scene to be reckoned with. With elements of dancefloor elation and captivating intricate electronic production, We Share Our Blood is a bold and invigorating EP that demonstrates Ouri’s ability to adapt genres to her own unique and uncompromising style. Full to the brim with inventive ideas, We Share Our Blood dazzles with a display of complex song structures, dancefloor beats and introspective humanity.
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