The Oceanographer :: D Minor EP (Detroit Underground)

The vibe of D Minor is laid back and relatively chilled with quite a clinical electronic sheen—harking back a touch to 90’s Artificial Intelligence-era IDM.

The Oceanographer (aka Windsor, Ontario-based Joshua Babcock) serves up a collage of melodic electronic influenced tunes on Detroit Underground. The D Minor EP contains five original tracks yet the release is expanded with a further five counterpart remixes from the likes of Furs, Sinistarr and Tetzzie.

Artist influences include the ambient sides of Aphex Twin, Eno, Boards of Canada and producer Nigel Godrich—hints of which can be found throughout. The five original tracks veer from the spacey introspection of Illegal Euphoria Tide to the electro jollity of “Nearly Edge and Nervous” and tuneful playfulness of “This is Not Futuristic”—each remixer then providing an additional take on the original.

The vibe of D Minor is laid back and relatively chilled with quite a clinical electronic sheen—harking back a touch to 90’s Artificial Intelligence-era IDM, quite the hey day for melodic experimentalism yet a few steps away from the gritty distorted fashion of current production that seem de riguer. Something perhaps alluded to in the title of “This is Not Futuristic.”

EP highlight comes in the form of Tetzzie’s extended take on the oh too short “Illegal Euphoria Tide”—a down right lovely exploration of laid back beats and melodies.

D Minor is available on Detroit Underground.

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