Louis M^ttrs-War With Heaven (Catching Flies Remix)

I’m not familiar with the original, but I’m not really sure that I need to be after this. It’s another great release from an OTU favourite in the past year or so, with upcoming producer Catching Flies dropping off one more strong addition to his growing and reputable back catalogue.

Opening in gentle, atmospheric fashion, the production grows along with the dissolution of the vocals, allowing them to shine unopposed in the introductory section, and replacing them with a funky percussion line, airy synths and a couple of short, snappy samples for a beat that lands somewhere in the hallowed middle ground between laidback and head-nodding. Catching Flies brings things back down to mellow levels around the centre point, again letting the vocal work carry the track along, before once again stepping back in with the aforementioned, livelier beat, but with what seems an even stronger emphasis on the bass- the latter gives this closing section much more impact, and sways it slightly more toward the upbeat side of things, though without losing the mellow sensibilities that make the track such an easy listen. Again, it’s one of those that hits the sweet spot between easygoing and lively, hence making for extremely versatile listening that should hang around your playlists for some time.

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Catching Flies-The Long Journey Home EP

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The first single from this EP was a thoroughly enjoyable listen, encapsulating the imagery evoked by the project’s title very well, and Catching Flies has now made the full EP available to both stream and buy.

Considering this month is/has been/will be heavily hip-hop oriented, the mellow methods of the talented upcomer will definitely make for a good break away from the rap genre. The quality of his instrumental work has been proven several times over, and it’s good to get a lengthier project to see just how that production work has evolved and developed. I’ve not quite got around to listening to it yet, but I’ve no doubt it’ll slot right in to my summer playlists, and fully expect another raft of quality tracks from the gifted producer. Stream the full EP here, and should you be impressed, be sure to support and buy it too.

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Catching Flies-Stay Forever

After a breakout 2012 with The Stars EP (seriously, how few acts in our history have gotten a feature article for their first post?!), Catching Flies returns with his next project, The Long Journey Home.

Such a title conjures up images of, unsurprisingly, long, arduous travel; I’m sure many can relate to the image of desolate motorways or red-eye flights, and if the rest of the EP is in the vein of this single, it appears Catching Flies is about to soundtrack those occurrences. Stay Forever combines wistful, atmospheric synths in with bassy yet soft percussion that doesn’t break too far away from the mellow soundscape, ensuring it doesn’t disrupt the natural reflectiveness created and instead works as a key component in developing that vibe. The occasional touch of relatively gentle vocals works to add a nice melodic layer, whilst the surprising inclusion of saxophone towards the end provides an unexpected twist to proceedings, but again without disrupting the track’s natural flow, instead adding a welcomed vintage flavour to the electronic piece.

Another top piece of work from the talented upcomer, and you can get the track right now if you pre-order the full EP; for a mere £2.50, you can’t really go wrong.

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13 for '13

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Year after year, we change the format of the end-of-year OTU round-up (routine is boring), and this year I’ve opted for a forward-looking feature rather than reflecting on what was a rather disappointing year in the music world. Many are desperate to have their tastes for 2013 dictated to them by either the BBC Sound of 2013 or MTV’s Brand New for 2013, but the interesting thing is we’ve been championing some of the acts they’ve thrust upon you this past week for quite some time. The rest of them we probably don’t care about.

So, here’s a chance to get clued up with some genuine upcoming talents that I expect to release more fantastic material this year and break through that next barrier of success, whether it’s into mainstream consciousness or slightly wider underground appreciation. Note that I didn’t say commercial success. Whilst some will certainly find that and it is a facet of their potential growth this year, it’s far from essential, and each selection here deserves to be so on quality and potential more than anything. Regular reader or not, you’ll have heard of several of these selections before and be assured those acts are here on merit, not because a label asked us to do so; something the aforementioned 2013 ‘predictions’ from the mainstream outlets can’t honestly claim. Let’s go. → Continue Reading

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Jill Scott-Golden (Catching Flies Remix)

Everyone that I’ve spoken to about Catching Flies’ brilliant EP from a short while back has been overwhelmingly positive about it, and it’s with much pleasure that we get something new from the upcoming producer.

He’s got hold of Jill Scott’s infectiously positive Golden (can you believe that was released in 2004?! Frightening), and as the genre of the track suggests, he’s turned it into a soft dreamscape that’s opts for a much gentler approach than the original. Delicate hits of bass, atmospheric synth touches and the occasional inclusion of other instrumentation combines with the distorted vocals for a beautiful slice of production work. Laidback, relaxing and original enough to completely seperate it from the original, it’s another excellent working from Catching Flies. Stream below and download available from his Facebook page.

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Catching Flies-The Stars EP

I’m sure you get hundreds of these a week, so here’s another one to add to the pile (sorry!) I’ll keep it short and sweet. I’m a 21 year old producer from London. Just so you know, I’m not shit.

We get thousands of submissions monthly. Some are good, some are bad but most are from PR companies reusing the same old email title and the same old email template. Boring and samey. So, if you take the time to write the above in your email about your free EP (download or stream), you’ve got my attention. If your material then walks the walk, you’re about to get everybody’s attention.

For artists who put out instrumental work, there’s nothing to hide behind. No flashy hook or witty punchlines. You’re judged entirely on what’s presented, not what’s percieved, and hence it can be incredibly difficult to ‘get it right’. As most producers don’t accomplish that, others who do get slept on, and understandably so. Wake up.
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