Did they call the Renaissance “The Renaissance” during the Renaissance? I am referring mostly to the one that started in like the 14th century or whatever, but there is also that Harlem Renaissance that happened. I think maybe they knew that one was a Renaissance. But it’s hard to tell; I mean, maybe we are in the midst of one right now — at least musically? I mean, shit sure is changing. Half the world is scared that music is dying because music on the radio sucks, when in reality it is bigger and stronger than ever, thanks largely to this wonderful thing the internet, in which we are sitting at this very moment. Case in point: super-productive producer Ohbliv has just released the B side to his work entitled New Black Renaissance, and whether he means it or not, I am now convinced that we are knee deep in hot steamy Renaissance — and it is indeed black. In fact, Ohbliv released eight albums last year, including one last month, so this guy may singlehandedly start and finish the entire revolution.
On “Awaken2theNuu,” sliced soul vocals serve as an intro to one of the tastiest bass lines I’ve tasted in a while, which charges a team of lagging synth cymbals and a rock-hard kick drum. You can listen to and purchase the whole thing on the dude’s bandcamp.
• Ohbliv: http://0hbliv.tumblr.com