This battle was a really good example of how the OP-1 sounds.
It felt like a cohesion of sounds to me ,with excellent blends of beats and sub 120BPM ,with electronics and synths colliding in a unique way. @SammyJams exemplifies this and I thought this was a brilliant signature of your own style here.I loved it and on initial impact I was trying to decide between this and @Edzilla on first place. Both are really well arranged (in their own way) and mixed -I love fat drums. Infact @SammyJams the Drive setting and mix you have there is , well…Slammin.Also love that funky bass synth pattern and whole arrangement skills.
But after several listenings ,trying to decide, a few other ,more mellow tunes snuck into my consciousness.
@Vehka loving that style .Another head who’s style is really developed.This is a lovely tune. You mix strings and synth beautifully .Its sounding really complete. @Mixrasta -Fantastic cute beatness .You certainly can rock this OP-1 and I admire your arrangement skills on this device. This could sit on Ninja Tunes on their more glorious compilation days,or MoWax. Loving the cartoon space vibres (however you got them) and the melodies,harmonies and hooks. Again this tune is complete. @Borden This has that OP-1 sound I was talkin about and I love your washes of sound. Unfortunately the melody hook seriously reminds me of an 80s synth pop tube from UK. I cant remember which one, but this prejudiced my decision making and I couldn’t consider it for first place. Having said that its still a top tune,right up there with the rest and says more about how my mind works than your choice of harmonic. It is excellently arranged and has anthemic feel that tells stories and emotion. @curdledgurled hahaha well this is a little out my comfort zone but I have to say full marks for experimental distortion with OP-1! Also the vocal sample is nice and reminds me of Aphex Twin early 90s (This is high praise). Its a nice tune … in a hard core teckno sort of way
@josker You got me.
I took this voting blind!
So as to say I didnt like being effected by expectations ,favoritism or prejudice that I’m sure we are all familiar with in everyday life. I had a bit of an idea who was In, but I avoided reading posts and kept opening this thread with my eyes half closed and my hand covering the left half of the screen. The odd name slipped through the net -@SammyJams- though I think I may of guessed from the style. I did guess @Edzilla (excellent tune btw) , but it was fun doing it this way. I wish all OP Battles were voted like this.
Anyway I’ve only just seen who is responsible for this tune .Well done @josker ,you get my first place.
Loved it. I think it was the percussive but harmonic sounds that tripped my switch. Especially that warble that comes on end of bar or beat 4.
Pure evidence that OP-1 really is the here and now.
Thank You to our host with the most @kln for top battle vibrations.
Brilliant tune. I’ve read all the tips on panning ,but this is still mystifying me how you get your drums like that. Obviously two tracks ,but the way the break wanders… its Fresh!
Sorry about the pun.
A slight tempo shift with faster double hihats than usual ,but this is a happy tune. Proper drum + bass ,in the literal sense.