Cheap Talk: “Ocarina of the Spheres”
We last heard from Memo Guerra a few weeks ago when he delivered a dreamy pop track by the name of “Separate Leaves/This Is the Line.” This time around, he’s bringing the noise back onto the dancefloor under his Cheap Talk moniker. “Ocarina of the Spheres” is not only a reference to a fine video game, it is a supremely clever, groovy on a few levels, and yes, actually danceable. Though the sounds that build the track themselves would be at home in bounce, juke, ghetto bass, electronic cumbia, and many other modern dance genres, they arrive in different combinations than the ear expects and behave in fresh and unpredictable ways. Each sample feels cut especially fine, lending a nearly every sound a percussive feel that drives the song forward through its constant variations. The track doesn’t seek to overwhelm the listener with a full-spectrum, speaker blowing assault, rather it offers up enough rhythmic inspiration that it’s hard to miss a step. Also, that whistle sample is officially stuck in our heads forever.
Written by Luke Carrell