XOA, aka multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Tyson, walks a line somewhere between the unabashed funk of afrobeat and softer, more emotional electronica. Tyson blends Afrobeat brass and beats with ethereal, euphoric synths which lends his sound a unique note and makes his latest release the ONE 001 EP feel exceptionally distinct. Lead track ‘In So’ shimmers and shuffles with pretty vocal loops and synths, which are broken through with stabs of punchy brass.
The EP comprises 3 original tracks, with the B side being dedicated to 3 remixes from Byron the Aquarius, XOA himself and Orchards. The new year will see XOA perform a slew of live shows leading up to a festival tour in summer 2017. ONE 001 EP is a warm release, heavy with groove, and comes as a welcome respite from this grim autumn weather
XOA plays the Jazz Cafe in London on 25th November. ONE 001 EP is out now on One House.