Album: ODIE – Analogue
Fresh Off Opening Five Canadian Dates for Aminé, the Unique Singer-Songwriter Shares a Fully-Formed Debut Project, Premiered by Billboard
Critical Praise for Odie:
“Somewhere in between the musical spaces of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and Afrobeat exists the sound of ODIE, a genre-bending artist whose musical experiments have separated him from his peers.” – Billboard
“Odie’s sonic lineage is traceable, but the end result is distinctly unique: Not many twenty-somethings can rival his range, which encompasses everything from stunts and flexes to heavenly melodies” – Pigeons & Planes
“At just 19 years old, Toronto-born producer and artist Odie is transforming the contemporary sound of hip-hop. Not bound by genre, Odie experiments with traditional hip-hop, jazz, soul, alternative rock and afrobeat.” – Okayafrica
“Odie’s voice is just sooo good and his songwriting is as enjoyable. He has a smooth falsetto that compliments moments of his deeper singing voice in the best way as he puts his talents on full display.” – This Song Is Sick
“Is it possible for ODIE to make a bad song? You know what, forget it. I’ll answer it for you. No. No, it is not.” – Earmilk
Combining ethereal melodies with subsonic bass and prominent, yet delicate beats, ODIE blends Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Afrobeat into a glorious cocktail. Capturing his sound in an eclectic collection of ten tracks, ODIE shares Analogue, his debut project. Alternating between his floating singing voice and his booming rhythmic delivery, ODIE’s new project approaches urban music from a new angle, emphasizing angelic harmonies and making masterful use of negative space. Equally inspired by Kid Cudi, Fela Kuti, and Coldplay, Analogue is an inspiring beginning to the 21-year-old artist’s career, collecting expansive singles such as the gorgeous pop song “Little Lies,” the smoothly syncopated “Night Terrific!,” premiered last month by Vibe, and the effortless-sounding lazy Sunday R&B jam “North Face,” featured on OVO Sound Radio, into a cohesive and compelling whole. Distributed by EMPIRE and premiered by Billboard, who raved “Somewhere in between the musical spaces of hip-hop, R&B, pop, and Afrobeat exists the sound of ODIE, a genre-bending artist whose musical experiments have separated him from his peers,” Analogue is the fully-formed introduction to a bold new artist, equally suited to background listening or headphones absorption.
“I see myself as an analogue artist in a digital age,” says ODIE. “The album Analogue is sort of my coming of age story. 2018 is the year where my fans will be fully introduced to who I am as an artist and as a human, flaws and all. In the past, I’ve just given glimpses.”
Born and raised in Toronto to a family of Nigerian immigrants, ODIE springs from a diverse musical background. In 2017, ODIE’s inimitable sound started to make waves around the industry, releasing singles such as “Trance Dance,” which has over 1 million plays on Spotify and featured prominently on the Mellow Bars playlist, and “Crescendo,” an innovative ballad with more than 815k plays on Spotify. In January, ODIE shared Analogue‘s lead single “Little Lies,” listed on Apple Music‘s Vibes playlist and featured in a recent article by Pigeons & Planes, and re-teamed with P&P to premiere “Faith,” a propulsive single that mixes ambient, Afrobeat, and hip-hop and was added to Pitchfork’s What’s Good playlist on Spotify and Apple Music in March.
Buy Analogue: https://empire.lnk.to/ANALOGUE
Check out the Billboard premiere: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8289684/odie-interview-analogue-mixtape-premiere
“I see myself as an analogue artist in a digital age,” says ODIE. The 21-year-old creative carries himself differently than most of today’s musicians. Seemingly any time he releases new music, he achieves well over 500,000 plays on Soundcloud or Spotify. In just a short span of going public with his art, the Toronto-raised, and California-based vocalist/producer has released only a handful of songs. However all of this is set to change. After just seven songs released to the public (including 2017’s “Trance Dance”), ODIE readies his debut project. “It’s sort of my coming of age story,” he notes. “2018 is the year where my fans will be fully introduced to who I am as an artist and as a human, flaws and all. In the past, I’ve just given glimpses.” Now, listeners new and familiar will get “the most evolved” version of the artist with the captivating voice and versatile songs built on rhythm, melody, and universal songwriting. The project will evolve in real-time and colorful sounds, just like the story behind this mysterious and refreshing musician.
“Night Terrific!”: https://soundcloud.com/odiexyz/night-terrific-feat-yaqob
“Trance Dance”: https://soundcloud.com/odiexyz/trance-dance