EP REVIEW: Oh Boy – Brentwood Heights

Oh Boy’s story has been one that has been a couple of years in the making. Debuting in a vision of bright colours and soundtracked by playful electronic pop synths accompanied by the likes of Mallrat and Sam Bluer on vocal duties, Oh Boy immediately captured your attention. But over the years, his creative vision started to switch and evolve as he rediscovered his neo-soul and funk roots. With this sound beginning to dominate his creative vortex he decided to peruse a new sound and create music that he genuinely and humbly loved. And that is how the foundations of his debut EP ‘Brentwood Heights’ were conceived. Opening with the distorted ‘111ntro’ he sets up a visually enhanced concept that makes this EP more than just a collection of songs, but more like a little piece of his heart. Transitioning into the moody and cinematic inclined ‘Angles 888’ featuring Cub Sport, they immediately showcase that this EP is going to be VERY different to anything that he’s released before. The dreamy production shifts from Tim Nelson’s incredible high notes and soothing delivery to incorporating full brass production and layered synths. All together it’s a cool sound that impresses and rolls into the minimalistic ‘By The Wa777’ which is just pure emotions with a heartfelt delivery that even hears him adding an electric guitar solo towards the end which is totally shocking as I never thought I’d hear a guitar featured so prominently on an Oh Boy track. ‘Slid333’ is the EP’s strongest moment whilst also being undisputedly a single that NEEDS to be released ASAP. It’s urban groove and electronic focus makes it the most upbeat and colourful on this collection and will be an immediate favourite in-between long term fans that wanted something a little more electronic influenced. He adds his artistic flare with some strong brass influences that help make this song more than just an EDM track that a producer commissioned.  Tieing it all together is the lead single ‘Talk To M333’ which is surprisingly the EP’s weakest moment. Whilst it’s moody and reflective, it’s just not as memorable as the rest of the material and that became obvious when you heard all these strong songs back to back. But as a collective this EP is an artistic journey of growth and self discovery that you’ll find yourself diving head first into.

‘Brentwood Heights’ is out NOW

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