by: Melisa Yuriar
Jun 2, 2022
The tastemakers at independent imprint LuckyMe, have tapped Seoul’s favorite alt-rap wordsmith once more for an innovative dance project. Produced by Grammy-nominated trap savant Baauer, Balming Tiger frontman Omega Sapien gives his long-awaited solo EP, Wuga—which features Vernon of K-pop collective SEVENTEEN, who lent his vocals to A.G. Cook‘s rework of English pop princess Charli XCX’s “Beg For You” earlier this spring.
Omega originally made his debut on the esteemed UK label with collaborator Baauer last March with “DDOKBOKKI,” which showcased his lyrical prowess on a fiery hip-hop hybrid dance track. The song is featured on the new EP, along with the critically acclaimed “Plum”—which dropped at the tail end of 2021 during LuckyMe’s annual “advent calendar” release—and four brand new songs, all produced by the globetrotting electronic producer, who is currently on tour across the US.
“Wuga,” Korean slang for caveman, is full of whimsical and visceral samples, textures and instrumentals—a soundscape we expect to hear from Baauer, who often integrates the most engrossing sounds and sonic nuances into his projects. Drawing inspiration from nature, the internet, underground R&B vinyls, and so much more, Baauer creates inimitable futuristic fusions of dance and hip-hop; most recently, he’s dipped into producing high-intensity house, showcasing his wide range and boundless versatility.
Omega Sapien meets Baauer head-on with a striking delivery on hip-shaking cuts “Jenny,” “Ali,” and “Wrecker,” featuring K-pop peer Vernon. The avant-garde rapper performs bars about his dog, eloquently lambasts the music industry, and subtly brushes upon the pressures of fame over riveting, hypnotic productions on this collaborative EP. Overall, the project exudes a youthful, yet primitive vibrancy—Wuga is one of the most interesting dance/hip-hop projects you’ll hear this year.
The Balming Tiger wordsmith is currently touring with the K-pop group and will be making stops all across the UK and EU. Listen to Omega Sapien’s debut LuckyMe EP, produced by Baauer, below.
Featured Image: Dasmon Han