The boys are back at it, after their last successful launch, Otiuh were at the Indian Ocean Hotel Friday celebrating their latest single 'Daytona Rolling'. Joining them on the night - Ruby May, Servo Flowers, Racka Chachi and The Crab Claw DJ’s that kept the house dancing with groovy tunes in between sets.
Ruby May opened the night with a solo performance, her music sweet and mellow, as the crowd slowly started to build up around the stage. There was a feeling of haze, as her soft jazzy music with a tingle of soul got everyone into a certain mood. Slowly jamming to her tunes, her vocal control, volume, style and pitch were perfect, her guitar by her side, it felt more like her songs spoke to the body and the mind.
Next on cue were Servo Flowers, a late addition to the lineup. I've never seen them play live but had an idea of their sound from the usual adventures of trying new music online, but the live show was definitely something different. Their sound and energy was quite compelling even to a newbie like me. This felt like a blend of alternative soul and RnB, somewhat reminding me of a Dominic Fike or Frank Ocean-ish feel. Jimmy Mac, their front man and man behind the project, had a really outstanding stage performance, you could tell the music flowed right through him. We were lucky enough to receive a glimpse of a song he had finished composing that very day and of course their debut single 'King of the Suburbs (For The Night)' which got the crowd buzzing.
Racka Chachi, well I didn’t really know Perth’s hip-hop or rap scene deeply and I haven’t heard hip-hop attentively for a while now. Despite this, the eight guy group took to the stage and tore it apart! With soulful rap beats and unique rhythmical flow, nostalgia is an understatement. Their style and presence reminded me of the early 90's rap scene, it was like crashing a party in the Bronx, NYC and having Notorious or Pac perform. The crowd was on fire is all I can say.
The night could not end without the big guns, this is what we had all been waiting for. Otiuh's performance was nothing short of amazing, having an already charged up crowd on the dancefloor, all they could do was raise the bar higher. The style was funky rap and hip-hop with a touch of soul, combined with their band just making this a whole lot more worthwhile, especially with their unique style of drumming (which was out of this world!). 'Daytona Rolling', the track of the night did not disappoint, this duo are lyrical geniuses from what I could see, line after line the Indian Ocean Hotel's energy was off the Richter. At the end, the dance floor was packed and the crowd wanted more and more as they shouted ONE MORE SONG!! Otiuh were kind enough to treat us to one more track, '85' to close such an energetic night.
Photography/Review - Adam Kamau