Octo Octa

Based in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, but born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Windy City as well as in New Hampshire, Maya Bouldry-Morrison is a house producer who works under the name Octo Octa. Bouldry-Morrison bought her first drum machine in high school for the sake of playing with friends, and it was around this time that she started to absorb electronic music. In 2011, she aligned with the then-emerging 100% Silk label (a subsidiary of Not Not Fun) and debuted with the four-track 12" Let Me See You, highlighted by the slightly off-center, Amerie-sampling "I’m Trying" and the simultaneously blissful and slightly ominous "Coldwaves." By the end of the year, she assembled a cassette of segued material, dubbed Rough, Rugged and Raw, which was sold during a tour prior to being made available as a digital download. The following year, Bouldry-Morrison produced Freedom 2K for fellow 100% Silk act LA Vampires, as well as Oh Love, another four-track 12" release. The album Between Two Selves followed in May 2013 with eight more tracks of dreamy but dancefloor-oriented material. Octo Octa released one more 100% Silk EP (Cause I Love You) before issuing material on a wide variety of underground house labels, including Argot, Running Back, and Deepblak. Bouldry-Morrison officially came out as transgender in 2015, and gave a lengthy interview with Resident Advisor in early 2016. Her second proper album Where Are We Going? appeared on HNYTRX (the imprint of San Francisco-based crew Honey Soundsystem) in 2017. Typically lush and enticing, the album featured a slightly more breakbeat-heavy sound than her earlier work. ~ Andy Kellman & Paul Simpson

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