Sudanese-American Producer Oddissee Looks Back on the Year
A year in, a year out.
Sudanese-American producer Oddissee had a busy 2010, and the evidence is compiled on A Year In. The DC-based beat maker collaborated with Stik Figa, Homeboy Sandman, and TOKiMONSTA (there’s that name again!), not to mention plenty of stand-alone instrumental production.
One project he rounded out early last year was a series of releases corresponding to the seasons. Starting in 2009, Oddissee dropped Spring, then Summer, then Autumn, and finally Winter, each with an emblematic photo for the cover; not your typical hip hop cover, but the kind of classy stuff you’d see in a coffee table book, or in one of those calendars where the dates are real small but the picture is real real big.
The photography aside, Oddissee appreciates really good soul and jazz music, and samples the hell out of the best stuff in his music. There’s lots of big horn sounds, sustained Rhodes organs, and tight snares. He’s not immune to the resurgence of the synth in true school hip hop either, and you’ll hear that familiar low buzz now and again.
He’s got a ton more stuff on his bandcamp page, including a full-length with Stick Figa and one with Olivier Daysoul. Both are more in the R&B, nu soul vein, slowing down the pulse.
Oddissee & Stik Figa – “Bucket”