About

 

ROLLNG STONE: ‘A cybernetic sound jungle and a huge radio play - a whole universe unveils..'

 

AFROPUNK: 'A new sound that might make the future a little more colorful - if we listen'

 

NOISEY: ‘Wonderful symbiosis of driving drums, minimalist synth sounds and dreamy vocals’

 

live at GREAT ESCAPE (UK): ''the entire room is on their feet dancing..''

 

 

Berlin-based duo OY first came to prominence when singer-musician Joy Frempong joined forces with producer-musician Marcel Blatti to form what is now known as a symbiotic avant-pop and genre-bending body of sound.
Their symphonic odyssey expanded to new horizons in 2014, releasing their first collaborative album, “No Problem Saloon” in which they masterfully crafted a rich tapestry of African landscapes and pearls of wisdom. By then signed under the Belgian cult label Crammed Discs, the duo embarks on an outer space exode with “Space Diaspora” in 2016, a critically acclaimed concept album where retro and modern sounds dance in harmony. Vocal loops sprinkle the album with reflective notes on modern alienation while the bouncing beats, quirky samples, and electrifying synthesizers paint a cosmic dreamscape. Through a transnational prism, Oy’s music boldly blurs the lines and sinks the notion of borders into blissful oblivion. Notorious for their vibrant scenic presence, every performance captures the hearts of festival-goers and music lovers with their wondrous storytelling and somersaulting rhythms, stretching the boundaries of music into uncharted realms. Their unique musical imprint is at the crossroads of many cultures and voices, which has led to 300+ shows in more than 20 countries and to appearances at festivals like Les Transmusicales, Les Eurockéennes, Sonar and Montreux Jazz.

 

Reviews

WDR (DE) / 2016

«Warm, elektronisch, hintersinnig, futuristisch, tanzbar. Das Duo OY liefert mit “Space Diaspora“ eine Science-Fiction-Oper zwischen Avantgarde und Pop. Als ob Sun Ra und Kraftwerk auf dem Ring des Saturns tanzen.»

INTRO (DE) /2016

«OY überzeugt mit lebendigem und intelligenten Tanz-Pop in Form einer humorvollen und farbenprächtigen Space Opera»

RADIO NOVA (F) /2016

Electro-pop rêveuse, tribale et volatile

5:4 (UK) / 2016

The latest from one of music’s most irresistibly irrepressible bands, brilliant, disarmingly intuitive mashing-up of First and Third World styles and ideas... singling OY out as one of the most radical and compellingly human-focussed electronica acts around today.

Noisey (CH/AU) /2016

Wunderbare Symbiose aus treibenden Trommeln, minimalistischen Synthklängen und verträumtem Gesang

LONDON JAZZNEWS /2016

RICH MIX LONDON - «a great performance somewhere between preaching and performance art»

Fes Festival /2016

«a visual and utopian universe»

TAGES ANZEIGER (CH) /2016

Jede Note tanzt hier - Sie tanzt mit einer Selbstverständlichkeit.

LA TRIBUNE DE GENÈVE /2016

«On s'y perd avec un paresse gourmande, humant la profusion de parfums évidemment capiteux»

KCET (US) /2016

«OY’s vision is one that feels particularly relevant in 2016»

The Great Escape, Brighton - MUSIC OMH (UK)

Then OY. They are clearly going to be taking things in a different direction. One little ask and the entire room is on their feet dancing, joining them on their vivid journey.

PARIS, La Boule Noire /2016

A set that confirms to us that music is a power, a force

World Literature Today (US) /2017

«The album is a marvel in both its conceptual vision and musical scope.»

M4 Music - TAGES ANZEIGER (CH)

Es waren dann OY aus Zürich, die für einen Höhepunkt des Festivals sorgten.. ein sehr subtiles, in vielen Details glitzerndes, dann aber auch einfach nur heftig knallendes Spiel mit Dancetraditionen zwischen West, Nord und Süd.

LA CIGALE, Paris - toutelaculture.com (F)

«sa musique est extra-ordinaire, totalement surprenante»

ROLLING STONE (DE)

Ein kybernetischer Sounddschungel und eine gewaltiges Hörspiel. Hier offenbart sich ein ganzes Universum zwischen urbanem Alltag und mythischer Urzeit.

CLASH MAGAZINE (UK)

A bit of an undiscovered treasure is OY: a Swiss/Ghanaian band with toy-littered live shows and a unique brand of quirky Afropop. Intriguing lyrics, too.

MOJO (UK)

No Problem Saloon is a welcome new watering hole on the winding trek from Vampire Weekend's exquisite preppie vignettes to John Wizard's dreamy electronica via Goat's Krautrock-tingel pseudo-tribalism.

LES INROCKUPTIBLES (F)

Les pieds sur le continent africain et la tête dans les nuages, excentrique, nomade et saturée de couleurs, elle rappelle parfois M.I.A. en mieux.

SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (D)

Das Genre, das sich da um M.I.A. oder die Schlachthofbronx entwickelt hat, klingt angenehm unnostalgisch. Mit OY gibt es nun eine neue Vertreterin dieser Richtung.

WONDERING SOUND (US)

If 'No Problem Saloon' has a recent sonic parallel, it’s the most recent record by tUnE-yArDs, but OY’s album is, at points, darker and more mysterious. It’s wonderfully complex and fascinating.

ELECTRON, GENÈVE - SWISSVIBES (CH)

«THERE WAS A LOT OF LOVE IN THE ROOM FOR THIS BAND»

MUSIQUE.KRINEIN.COM (F)

Une artiste formidable au chant exploratoire gigantesque et à l'esprit musical réellement ouvert.

Electron festival TRIBUNE DE GENÈVE (CH)

UNE BOMBE MUSICALE.

BEWEGUNSMELDER.CH

Gemeinsam mit Produzent und Schlagzeuger Lleluja-Ha verwandeln OY die Bühne in eine regelrechte Hexenküche, in der alles erlaubt ist, was gefällt – und das ist einiges!

SONNTAGSZEITUNG (CH)

«Hereinspaziert ins Kuriositätenkabinett der Sängerin und Elektromusikerin Joy Frempong!»

5:4 (UK)

The album's stand out track 'Doondari' is pure brilliance, embodying many of the host of reasons why 'No Problem Saloon' is one of those glorious albums that you just don't see coming.

TOMETOTHEWEATHERMACHINE.COM

«A BUSY, BIZARRE, OCCASIONALLY HILARIOUS, AND CONSISTENTLY BRILLIANT RECORD»

THEFOUROHFIVE.COM (US)

It's overwhelmingly personal, satured with snapshots of world-weary experience and the avante-garde experimentronica you'd expect to be emanating from a seedy NYC studio apartment or a SE-London basement.

JOURNAL FRANKFURT (D)

«HERRLICH DURCHGEKNALLT, DAS GANZE»

CURT.DE (D)

Unkonventionell, Experimentell und sicherlich einzigartig - aber auch meolidös, tanzbar, konzerttauglich? Ja!

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (D)

«Der individuelle Sound von OY fasziniert in der Frankfurter Brotfabrik»