Odario: Hot Hot Heat
The summery cut features a strong groove, steelpan, fluent rhyming and spoken word, and soulful female guest vocals.
By Kerry Doole
Odario- Hot Hot Heat (Do Right Music): Guyanese-born, Winnipeg-raised, and Toronto-based artist and CBC Radio host Odario (Williams) has just released this new single. It is taken from his upcoming EP Good Morning, Hunter, due this October on Do Right Music.
The track is a summer treat featuring a strong groove, steelpan sounds, and Odario's fluent rhyming and spoken word. The guest vocals from Do Right labelmate Kamilah Apong (one half of Toronto indie-disco outfit Tush) adds further depth, while the production work of award-winning composer Todor Kobakov (Cardinal, Born To Blue) keeps the disparate elements coherent.
In a label press release, Odario explains that "the idea of the song came when a friend mentioned how much she missed going out on the town for a night of dancing. So, I wanted to reflect a time in life when dancing was instrumental to one's freedom of expression. Hot Hot Heat is about making sense of a bizarre world and reaching for music as a remedy in these most challenging of times.”
As a founding member of hip-hop combo Grand Analog, Williams has received considerable critical acclaim, co-writing songs for three albums, three EPs and several singles. He has also guested on tracks by A Tribe Called Red and Haviah Mighty, Ghost Caravan, Delhi 2 Dublin, the Sunshine Makers, Qualité Motel, and more.
PR: Cristina Fernandes, Listen Harder