On May 22, Miami-based dance music pioneer Oscar G. returned with “Beats” – his first artist album in over two years. “Beats” provides a look into the deeper side of house music and the classic vibe that’s often overshadowed amidst dance music’s current commercial boom. Beats is set for release on Nervous Records and it’s the latest project to come from a long term relationship between Oscar G. and the iconic New York City house music label.
The journey into “Beats” gets underway with a classic vocal dropped over the banging house chops of Fallin. Oscar then brings it back to Miami for a lesson in tribal with Agua Bendita before trippin’ through the warped world of Sabroso and twisted pop of I Play U Out. Next, the big room classic vocal track Music Takes Me Higher leads into the rubbery, dark and driving Cha Cha Cha before Work and Hypnotize brings out the smile we had when hearing tracks like Josh Wink’s Don’t Laugh for the first time. NYC is an ode to Oscar G’s second home and built around the great house music vibe the city’s known for. What would a great vocal house album be without at least one track talking about love? Don’t Give Up is for those who want to dance away their relationship problems.
“I’m proud of this album. It’s on a deeper tip from past material and as it’s all songs I wrote myself it’s satisfying on an artistic tip. I’ve been inspired by what seems to be return to the deeper side of things, especially in the midst of the commercialization of this music that we all live and breathe,” Oscar G. says.
While “Beats” takes it back to the underground it’s important to note that Oscar is one of the most gifted producers when it comes to matching vocals with a sizzling dance beat. Oscar, along with Murk partner in crime Ralph Falcon, is responsible for some of dance music’s biggest crossover hits off all time from Funky Green Dogs Fired Up! to Murk’s Dark Beat, and most recently, the 2011 smash Amame. Beats is an essential album for anyone missing that “special sound” in their lives and a welcome return for Oscar G.