Ski Babi – “33+1”

DJ and producer Ski Babi engrosses on new track “33+1,” inspired by the artist’s Richmond, VA location and its overall gun culture. “It is supposed to be haunting and threatening yet unnoticeably so when first experiencing it – just like the city I call home,” the artist explains. The track plays as an affecting statement on gun control, capturing the unsettling dichotomy when violence threatens peaceful normalcy.

“33+1” compels in its melding of various, seemingly different elements. The sounds of bullet casings contrast with the sounds of playful children, set alongside the vibrant keys and steady rhythmic pulse. The bullet hits the floor with an ominous dose of realism, while the clanging keys and party-like vocal enthusiasm emits a more carefree enamoring. A club-friendly drive embraces at the mid-point as the rhythmic elements intensify, with bass-y aspects intensifying as the gun-related samples do as well. “33 + 1” is an atmospheric, intriguing success from Ski Babi.

“I have them [guns] because I can hear gunfire, sometimes in the distance sometimes on my block, literally every night of the week,” the artist explains. “The song is supposed to seamlessly blend the sounds of excited kids yelling in joy with gunfire and bullet casings hitting the concrete.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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