It's always exciting, and quite interesting to see where artists come from musically. There are many, many artists in electronic music who are classically trained or come from at least some sort of history of musically involved upbringing. California has produced some of the greatest names in music, hands down. Maybe there is something in the air here? Who knows. But even the sleepy little towns like of Orange County are responsible for bands and acts like Rage Against The Machine, No Doubt, Shaded, Slander, and quite a few others.
Enter Starfari: two kids from Irvine who used to be in a hardcore band, reunited by chance, and now making melodic, hip-hop and breaks inspired music. Crazy how two friends who went separate paths in college could find their way back together and continue where they left off, although sans-moshpits. Taking their love of acts like Odesza, Autograf, and Tupac, their passion bursts from each track they've put out. After much work, they've signed their latest 3-part EP to SF's PopGang Records, and we have teamed up with the duo to premiere it for you today.
While two of the tracks on the EP have been previewed already, the real gem of this release is 'Obsession' feat. Sierra Totten. This thing oozes sex appeal. Like slow motion music video near a fireplace stuff. Sierra Totten is a new name to us, but after hearing this track, one we strongly suggest keeping an eye on. Her voice harks back to that late 90s, early 00s RnB sound that dominated the radio. As for the track itself, it's a laid-back-late-night-indie-cinematic banger. Yes, I just made that up, but that's the perfect description. Scope it below.
As for the other two tracks? They continue that stripped back cinematic feel, but with more hands in the air feels, with hints of Chase & Status-like breaks and vocals from Jules, while Niko Brahman provides honest, in your face rhymes on Hanuman. In Take Control, James Taugher lays down rich vocals over a more minimal half-time DNB-ish backbone. The track shines in that it's not overdone, and there is plenty of space in the mix, an art that many producers seem to neglect.
Starfari - Total Solar EP is out now.