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Burgeoning beatmaker Niilas returns with a spellbinding single, ‘Oshea’

Norwegian producer and composer Niilas (Peder Niilas Tårnesvik) has unleashed another scintillating single, ‘Oshea’, on October 20th 2023. This is the second track off his upcoming fourth album River Of Noise, set for release on the 3rd of November 2023. His award-winning music has received widespread acclaim, earning airtime on BBC Radio 1 and finding recognition and praise from the likes of VICE, Stereogum, Magnetic Magazine and ElectronicGroove. Known for his energetic live performances, he headlined at Munch-museum, appeared at Øyafestivalen 2022 which featured Gorillaz, and performed at Spot Festival 2023 before notable artists Caribou and Todd Terje. To boot, his music has racked up over 1 million streams across all platforms. Niilas pays homage to his indigenous Sámi heritage and Arctic aesthetics in his music, which combines folk instruments with electronic textures from a variety of genres.

‘Oshea’ is a hypnotic organic house track. Niilas’ skills as a producer shine through in the track’s glittering, crisp production and meticulous composition. The listener is eased into the track with a resplendent passage from the santur (an Iranian stringed instrument played with mallets) performed by Iranian musician and composer Misraeed Hosseiny Panah. Suddenly, a pounding house beat and powerful bass launch the song into orbit. Tension builds gradually as a brooding synth progression slowly builds in intensity as it thickens and modulates – suddenly, the beat withdraws, returning with more potency than before. Throughout the track, the santur dances resonantly over the electronic music, bringing the song to a close as it began – soloed, decaying in a whirlwind of delay.

Nillas remarked: I tried making an organic house track with the brilliant musician Mirsaeeds Hosseiny Panah. He is a great performer on the Persian instrument Santur, so our session was really amazing (and I have some backup material that might see the light of day in the future…). Blending the fields between organic, acoustic, digital, synthesized and manipulated was key for this track, and I’m very happy how it turned out”.

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