Bristol-based producer obylx released his latest single, ‘Skin’ on the 1st of October via Guise Records. The single was premiered via CELEBMIX. The producer is known for his genre-melding monthly releases, which are currently building to his third full-length album that will be released in December. Recently, obylx had his track ‘Alive’ licensed to the new Shia LeBoeuf film ‘The Tax Collector‘ and he has had his songs selected for Apple iPhone releases, Formula 1 Grand Prix highlights as well as O2 UK television adverts. The producer has racked up a staggering 5 million plays on Spotify alone and appears on their Chill Tracks playlist. His previous work as Odjbox has seen the producer rack up over 241 million plays across streaming platforms.
RELEASE DATE: 1st October
LABEL: Guise Records
LISTEN: obylx – ‘Skin’
obylx (the moniker of Oliver Johnson) has been picked up by several tastemaker publications, with support from the likes of The Times (alongside Grimes, Stormzy and Harry Styles), CLASH Magazine, Medium, tmrw mag, Kaltblut Magazine, Northern Transmissions, Plastic Magazine, Hertz Magazine, Son Of Marketing and Bizzare. Airplay has come from several well-known radio stations including the BBC Radio 6’s Lauren Laverne, BBC Introducing in the West, Amazing Radio and NPR Music’s Playlist. The eclectic producer’s sound is influenced by a wide spectrum of reference points, including the likes of David Bowie, Grandaddy, Radiohead, Phillip Glass, and Randy Newman, obylx deftly navigates deftly between obscurantism and pure genius.
Cheerful and upbeat, ‘Skin’ draws parallels to the stylings of Tame Impala, Neon Indian and Miike Snow. Building piano bars in the sky and lavish summer days spent by the beach, obylx takes his playful production style and runs with it, creating the perfect weekend track. A splash of old-school bass lines here and light-hearted vocals there leaves the listener ready to dance and not care who sees.
obylx shares some insight into the meaning behind the single, “Skin is about letting yourself go, putting your cards in the table and saying this is me and this is what I want.”