Bouncy, percussive, full of fresh air and hands free delight, the bright sun rays of Sam O.B. shine again on the Astro Nautico imprint, a true homecoming for the label co-owner.
‘Pep Ventura’ is a summertime roller replete with electro square bass and guitar interplay, blasting synth stabs, and a bell-and-clave shuffle that motivate pure body movement. “Pep’s got that bounce for you.” ’Addictive’ opens expansively with lung-level piano chords spiraling heavenward. A triplet vocal scat pattern explodes with cowbell and syncopated fretless bass whirling us back to earth—or sea? Riding waves of rushing synth chords and singalong washy jazz guitar, O.B. ditches his yacht rock connoisseurship in favor of a bed of quasi-kuduro grooves sounding like your next beach day.
O.B.’s trademark is crisp here. Genuine fun meets just-sincere-enough emotionality, musicianship, and a producer’s producer’s knowledge of dance floor engineering. Building on years releasing exclusively with LuckyMe, ‘Pep Ventura’ and ‘Addictive’ reveal new level nuance in O.B.’s sound, etching deeper a course long laid down by classics like Melted Magic (Astro Nautico, 2011). Keep an ear to the Astro Nautico ground for more soon from our hometown hero both solo and as one half of Ensemble Entendu together with the formidable Evan Shornstein (Photay).
released August 3, 2018
Original music produced, written and recorded by Sam O.B.
Mastered by Phil Moffa.
Artwork by Pete Ford