After just one listen, this record had me so captured with its infectious hooks that I was enticed to listen to it over and over again.
This eight-track album was introduced to me with the first song, ‘What Really Matters’, which gave me a Gorillas-meets-The Avalanches feel. But what really sets Octopus8 apart is their injections of jazz and classical piano parts.
Their sound is unique, with the combination of genres and styles such as hip-hop, trap, chill out, cafe del mar and electronic really working as a collective piece.
The track that stood out to me the most was title track, ‘Leap of Faith’, with its combination of atmospheric classical piano, jazzy saxophone with the strong backing of electronic hip-hop house beats, which works perfectly and has strengthened Octopus8’s unique sound; the song features an impressive combination of artists too including Cheryl Martinez, YoungVegas, Leddie Mc and John McGough on Saxophone. ‘Let’s Get it On’, featuring YoungVegas, has so much depth to it too – the more I listened to it I kept on hearing parts I hadn’t noticed.
What is really refreshing to hear on this album is the number of instrumental tracks which have been constructed and orchestrated in a way that it takes you on a journey through the world according to Octopus8. Songs such as ‘Hypnotized’ takes you through a world of 80’s electronic sci-fi adventure leading to the dark city streets and alleys of grime.
There is a clear distinction between each song on this album and a different approach developed for each track, showing the artistic abilities of Octopus8, not being content with reproducing the same sounds for each song but showing continuous creativity.
An act that likes to keep their identity rather secret, all I know about Octopus8 is that they’re based in Saltburn-By-The-Sea and that has created a dark uncertainty of their identity – and I think it should be kept this way.
Octopus8 have been away for some nine years now and I have to say, I’m glad they’re back.
You can purchase ‘Leap of Faith’ by Octopus8 now on iTunes or stream the album on Spotify.
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