The launch of one of Adelaide's most anticipated albums.
Words by Dave Kameniar
Despite the doom and gloom of Adelaide weather, an array of dedicated beats fans and Rocket Bar regulars braved the cold and wet night to witness Adelaide beatsmith Oisima (Anth Wendt) launch his debut full length Nicaragua Nights.
Local rhythm selector Miles Smith (Untzz Rec.) was on warm-ups / vibe-setting duties, keeping it strictly lounge early on and building the vibe in between acts. It’s a shame many of his early-on selections went unheard in a predominantly empty club.
First to the live stage was How Green. With sample pads on show, the audience (albeit thin still at this point) could bare witness to the fact that electronic live performance is a whole lot more than ‘just pressing buttons and twisting knobs’ as How Green conjured up a tastey brew of electronic delights. Word is, a debut record is not too far around the corner, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Plenty more to come from this guru.
Hailing from Perth, the magnificent Mei Saraswati was next to hit the stage with her worldly, herbal tea infused, electronic soundscapes. The audience was quick to warm to her ambient grooves as well as her infectious persona. All complete with brilliant onstage banter, telling stories of new-found friendship and cheekily remarking ‘sorry I’m not “club enough”’ only to finish with disco slammer to get the crowd well and truly boog’n (if we weren’t enough already).
Finally as Rocket Bar filled out, the much-anticipated Oisima (in all his bearded glory) took to the stage, deservedly greeted with a warm hometown welcome. Although the opening was not without its sound issues, this did not trouble the Adelaide hero, who’ll stop at nothing when it comes to dishing up a good time. In true Oisima spirit he proclaimed ‘Fuck it, I’m gonna just keep playing anyway,’ opting to continue the show with no fallbacks, showing exactly why he has graced festival stages and filled out dance floors across the country. From there on out the audience was taken on a worldly journey with his signature jazz-infused, hip hop influenced, slow-burning, electronic masterpieces.
Predominantly a producer, Wendt received some onstage support from Annabel Weston, showcasing her pipes on soulful groover ‘Everything About Her’, and also from Mei Saraswati on crowd favourite ‘Sun of the Truth’. These gems, along with other hammers such as the hypnotic ‘Takes Me Back,’ left the audience not even questioning the record as a surefire contender for album of the year.
What also shone through was Wendt’s humble nature, maintaining a broad smile and constant groove throughout, not to mention his sincere, almost surprised, appreciation for the warm audience response.
If you haven’t already, wrap your ears around ‘Nicaragua Nights,’ in any way possible, as it truly is an endearing record.