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Mr. Oizo is going mainstream… or maybe not. Mr. Oizo, a French DJ on the Ed Banger label with Justice and SebastiAn, has always been the oddball of the group. His music has been called ‘schizophrenic’, ‘unlistenable’, and ‘absurdist’. Real name Quentin Dupieux, he’s recently gained a reputation as a cult filmmaker and last week premiered one of his new films at Cannes. But his film career aside, Oizo’s music has never sounded better. His beats sound deeper and the tracks are catchy and tight. Considering where he started back in 2001 with his semi-hit “Flat Beat”, Mr. Oizo has been around longer than anyone would have guessed.
The opener and title track of the EP State 3 builds and climaxes over an anxious vocal beat and the second track “Toodoo” featuring Carmen Castro packs a bad girl punch, with Castro rhyming “out to lunch” with “panties in a bunch”. The EP was released last month for free on Oizo’s new website, but high demand crashed the website for the better part of the day. This was ironic, since the site was designed to look like an old Macintosh computer circa 1988.
He continues in the direction set earlier this year in the Handbraekes EP collaboration with Boys Noize, but in more of an oddball direction. If you’re new to his music, this would be a good place to start, as a seven-song EP is far more manageable than his full-length albums. Of course this EP is as weird as you’d expect it to be, yet it’s… catchy. These tracks will get stuck in your head, which is both a blessing and a curse. You can find it online at http://www.oizo3000.com/.