Country: SI, DE

Oknai is an innovative electronic artist based in Berlin, who got his rep from his ‘clip-chop’ live sets. In 2011 the rx:tx label released his first EP Ain’t a Dream, featuring raw, lo-fi drums, though its rough edges tend to get smoothed over by the wealth of detail, sampled fragments from all over the place and unique arrangements, all tucked someplace between glitchop, hiphop, IDM and the other. High Tide is the follow up to Oknai’s debut. The album was entirely produced on the coasts of Costa Rica where Oknai was surfing, diving, exploring, eating them exotic fruits and, well, making music. And the music is not about bananas, pineapples and coffe. It’s also not necessarily a sunny record. It’s a subtle and cohesive mix of lo-fi drums, synths and lots of bass. It’s hiphop with hidden juke-ish rhythmics. It’s High Tide, very much a night ride.

Here’s what online magazine Complex writes on Oknai and High Tide: „Slovenian beatsmith Oknai has a back catalog of absolutely incredible records, and has a style of his own that’s mellow, groovy, and bass heavy.  He doesn’t release music incredibly often, but the quality of work he’s producing is top notch.  Oknai’s latest album is called High Tide, and was produced entirely on the coasts of Costa Rica, where he spent time bonding with nature and exploring.  You can hear hints of those tropical vibes mixed with subtle hints of juke led by heavy bass and incredible synth work on the full release, and the full project is quite impressive.”

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Past events

This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.