O.C is back in the foreground with the thrilling second instalment, A New Dawn, of his epic Same Moon Same Sun musical saga. The album is rooted in observations and storytelling, two elements of O.C.’s overarching skill set that shape the way he approached crafting these songs. O.C gives us a quick insight into his thought process on making the project below.
“My headspace has been fixed on everything that’s going on in the world from politics to racism, religion and just where we are as human beings living and breathing under the same sky,” O.C. explains. He adds that it all fits into the broader release of the Same Moon Same Sun trilogy, because he has “an endless amount of real life situations to speak on.”
Details aside, it’s safe to say that you know an album is a cut above when even the interstitial tracks are fire—like the brassy, contemplative “Interlude.” While a big reason for that is O.C.’s engaging lyricism and dynamic delivery, “Interlude” and other cuts on A New Dawn remain in your brain thanks to the musicianship of Motif Alumni, who produced a majority of the album alongside Gwop Sullivan, Dark Keys, and O’s long standing D.I.T.C. cohort, Showbiz.
Together, they provide a sound that blends the modern and old-school vibes that fans of O.C. will no doubt love, but he’s quick to make it clear that he’s not stuck in some past mindset. “I consider myself as an artist, period. I’m not a ‘90s artist if i’m still making music 20 years later,” he says. “Some people get stuck in time, I haven’t—that’s the difference between me and some others.”
Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Slice Of Spice/D.I.T.C.
Stream/Download (Smart URL): here
01. A New Dawn (prod. by Gwop Sullivan)
02. Feelin Free (prod. by Motif Alumni)
03. John Wick (prod. by Gwop Sullivan)
04. 4 Eva (prod. by Dark Keys)
05. Slow Burn (prod. by Dark Keys)
06. Sunday Morning (prod. by Motif Alumni)
07. Quick to Jump (prod. by Motif Alumni)
08. Powerful (prod. by Motif Alumni)
09. Interlude (prod. by Motif Alumni)
10. Live Fast Die Hard (prod. by Dark Keys)
11. Exhale (prod. by Motif Alumni)
12. Fair Game (prod. by Gwop Sullivan)
13. Ignorance Is Bliss (prod. by Gwop Sullivan)
14. Vibe (prod by Showbiz & Motif Alumni)
*Recorded & Mixed at by Parks Music at DITC Studios, Bronx, NY
*Executive produced by Showbiz & Mark Lo