Perth duo Otiuh are back with their trademark funk and soul-infused hip hop and a single that is guaranteed to keep you moving all summer long. On ‘Move’, Cesare Papa and Jahmeil Baker trade spitfire verses over tripped out and eclectic production, creating a toe-tapping, head bopping, infectious jam about never taking things too seriously and never caring about what others might think. Just let go and ‘Move’.
Fresh from having its first spin on FBi Radio’s Sunsets with Dobby & Diola as well as premiering on Purple Sneakers, Otiuh offer up a slice of something different in the Australian hip hop landscape with ‘Move’. Combining their golden age lyricism with futuristic production, marrying the influences of A Tribe Called Quest with Outkast as their poetic roots add the final flourish.
After nabbing some national radio play on triple j for their first two singles, Otiuh continues to carve out their own space on the national radar. Laidback and never taking things too seriously, Otiuh’s music is for those who want to be taken somewhere else far away, if only for a few moments. Of their new bop, the duo said, “When you’re on the dance floor, put your phone down. Dance for yourself. You don’t have anything to prove to others.”
Thanks to its driving bass line, synth flutes and exotic percussion laying down a smooth foundation for the pair to go back and forth with their rapid rhymes, ‘Move’ is one track that gets into your bones and makes you feel good from the inside out.
Otiuh enter a new chapter with ‘Move’ – one that will see them bring their alternative hip hop sounds to the fore, and have a great time while doing it.
Otiuh are a Perth hip hop duo comprised of childhood friends Cesare Papa and Jahmeil Baker. They combine golden age lyricism with eclectic production and an infusion of funk & soul. The name of the group is taken from a Latin abstract term which refers to leisure time.
It was during these moments at concerts, festivals and in each other’s’ backyards rhyming where the two found their drive to make music. Being fans first, they cite influences anywhere from A Tribe Called Quest to Run the Jewels.
The duo released their first mixtape in 2017 and began performing around Perth. They soon formed a band and released a string of self-produced singles leading into 2018, gaining national airplay along the way. The act is gearing to release their second single of this year, ’85.
’85 is a neck-snapping groove that imagines the duo in a “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” type situation. A state where freedom of expression is enjoyed on the desert road away from society.
Otiuh deliver fast paced, braggadocios verses which bounce off exotic percussion and a creamy synth bassline. The track is further fleshed out by the baritone vocals of fellow Perth rapper José Halftime during the chorus and the screaming guitar of bandmate Will Johnson toward the end of the song.