EXCLUSIVE: Nadī & Otus Blend Bengali Folk Music With D&B On New Drop “More Talk”

Producers Nadī and Otus are just about to release a new two-track package, “Less Talk / More Talk”, and it’s a unique offering in more ways than one.

The pair first met at one of Lawrence Hart’s ‘Saturday Evening’ livestream parties last year and began swapping demos. Soon after, they hit the studio together to start work on what would become the new release, spending much of the time since then road-testing it in clubs and radio stations up and down the country.

It’s the first time either producer has made drum & bass or footwork, but that’s not what makes this one unique. What’s special about this one is the mix of 160 club sounds and Baul vocals from Bengali folk music to make a sort of liquid hybrid. Having been born in Bangladesh, it was also important for Nadī to pay tribute to the 1956 Bengali Language Movement and the struggle for the language to be accepted.

Speaking on that unique blend, Nadī shares: “Neither of us had made jungle/D&B or footwork but the sample sat really nice in around that bpm so we decided to flip it into these. Between both of us we wanted to blend our influences from the UK and Bangladesh and create a club-ready EP that showed this.”

Otus adds: “The vocals have such an ethereal feel, when we chopped them up they had more rhythm compared to Western music.”

'Less Talk / More Talk' EP by Nadī and Otus will be released on February 1 via Love In The Endz. You can catch them both at the EP launch party at Planet Wax in New Cross. For now, take in “More Talk” below.

Words: James Keith
Photography: Arthur McBain

Posted on January 29, 2024