A footwork EP from Bangalore, a city with strong electronic music roots.
Oceantied is Ketan Bahirat, a footwork producer who didn't start out as one. In the beginning, he made more ambient, video game-inspired sounds, as well as post-rock with his band Until We Last. In 2016, he went to the Red Bull Music Academy. Only in the last two years, though, has he focused on footwork. His latest experiment is On The Floor Vol. 2, which has enough punch to start a dance battle. The sound choices, combined with footwork's traditional cut-ups and layering to the vocals, stand out. "Breaking Through" has a great vocal sample and hi-hats that cut through the mix. "Be Alright" is a straighter, more minimally percussive beat, while "Watch This Music Work" is the EP at its most melodic—its outro makes for a sweet ending. Bhairat has spent years honing a sound. Here, it shows.