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Oakley Grenell - Single Review: Serious Time Feat. Rayjah45

23 Dec 2019 // A review by Gareth Heta
Prolific local lad Oakley Grenell (now based out of Melbourne) returns with a bouncy slice of dancefloor double-time, which contains a serious message from vocalist Rayjah45. Titled Serious Time, the tight production assistance from fellow NZ’ers 10a and Hooves give this release a punchy impact destined for high rotation on Summer sound systems everywhere.

Uplifting horns ease into plaintive vocals as the breakdown builds, before a stinky, skank-inducing drop studded with rave blips brings the funk. Rayjah45’s lyrics speak of humanity’s ability to bounce back from tragedy: "rebuilding and reviving / always come back again". Even though the soulful dub-style vocals get a bit lost in the mix on the verses, the lyrics hold a lot of meaning and inspiration.

Following a pattern of an annual single release supported by a tour, you can catch Oakley throughout the New Zealand Summer performing both DJ and acoustic sets. This song further cements that Oakley is a must-see live act, so make sure you head along to see him when he's in your town.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Oakley Grenell

Oakley Grenell's debut Jungle Jazz CD release titled 'Jaded' has been in stores since April 2002 under the name OG. The EP was released on Oakley's own Central Records.

Highlights since the release have been:

- A nomination for the Most Promising New Act for the 2002 BNet New Zealand Music Awards.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Oakley Grenell

Releases

Style Dem Ripe
Year: 2020
Type: EP
The Deep
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Moving On
Year: 2008
Type: EP
Departure Lounge Live
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Uncharted
Year: 2003
Type: Album
Jaded
Year: 2002
Type: Album

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