|Suck on it.|
This isn't exactly a wild left turn; Diplo, who also played with moombahton and dubstep throughout 2011, has similarly shifted to dance-inspired urban beats this year in his work for Wale, Usher, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown. Actually, Nadia Oh and Diplo have quite a bit in common as musicians, a statement that might rankle a lot of dance music elite but that I suspect Diplo, a devoted academic of music as well as preternaturally gifted DJ/producer, would both understand and accept. And this is where one of the big issues about Nadia Oh raises its head: why is it so immediately objectionable to suggest that Nadia Oh and Diplo are on an equal plane as musicians? Both have created some of the best experimental dance/electronic music of the past couple years, and both have demonstrated similar grasp of many of the same fringe subgenres. But one of them is unnervingly and flagrantly a sex object, doesn't talk much about her work, and has considerably sized breasts, and the other is a dude; in this world, especially that of dance/electronica, only one of those people is allowed to be considered a respected artistic leader, and it's not the one with the nice rack. As Esthera Sarita repeats throughout Sak Noel's boob-tastic "Loca People" (apparently acceptable because the bosoms exploited do not actually belong to the musician), what the fuck?
Anyone familiar with Nadia Oh's previous videos will find "Slapper (Ayye)" to be exactly what one would expect it to be. It lacks the aggressive rebelliousness of "Taking Over the Dancefloor" and the tongue-in-cheek visual wit of "No Bueno," but then so does the song it services. There is nothing whatsoever objectionable about watching Nadia Oh (who, not inappropriately, is starting to resemble the queen mother of electro/dance diva/bitches, Luciana - see below) trying on dozens of different outfits for two and a half minutes, especially with that sizzling hot club thumper playing behind it.
|Guess what? I'm still hot.|
Of course, as passionate as I might be in my defensiveness of Nadia Oh, to carry on defending her would ultimately doing her the disservice of suggesting she needs defending in the first place. So I'll leave you with the new video for "Slapper (Ayye)," a seemingly subtle entry in Nadia Oh's videography that I suspect will prove to have been a significant turning point in this fascinating artist's career. As of the present, Nadia Oh has handily continued taking over the dancefloor, lad mag tits and all, and she's shown no intention of giving it up any time soon. If it's a bad thing having this girl running the show, then this is a world in which I refuse to live.
Nadia Oh's latest single "Slapper (Ayye)" is available on Amazon. Her most recent album, Colours, featuring "Taking Over the Dancefloor" and "No Bueno," is available on iTunes and Amazon.
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Thanks to Taking Over the Universe for the initial video find.