'white oil' is drum and bass rallying call by kinetix for listeners to retake initiative within their lives
The third single released by the Offaly trio (consisting of brothers Arthur, Theodore, and Ademar Stones), “White Oil” is drum and bass rallying call by KinetiX for listeners to retake the initiative within their lives.
Upon first listen, “White Oil” draws immediate comparisons to British drum and bass quartet Rudimental, specifically their 2012 hit single “Feel the Love”. Both songs functionally serve the same singular purpose; to be uplifting. However, where “White Oil” differs from a track like “Feel the Love” and many others in the drum and bass genre is entirely down to the context in which the former was written.
A by-product of the ongoing pandemic, “White Oil” lyrically tries to look beyond this unprecedented period and encourages listeners not only maintain connections with people however they can, but to use the easing of lockdown restrictions as a launchpad to start living in a way that makes life worthwhile:
“We are trying to convey a simple message in this song…it's time to open up your arms again and let people in. If you have had any negative thoughts or were being hard on yourself for the last few months, it is time to let that all go and start living your life again…get out there and start living your life for you.”
The message alone makes “White Oil” a timely track, especially as it appears that the reopening of society is intended to just not be fleeting but is meant to last.
Sonically, “White Oil” contains almost all the major hallmarks expected of a modern drum and bass/pop song, with the instrumental serving primarily as a backdrop to allow the song's message to be communicated clearly. However, the track can feel a little formulaic structurally, and does underplay the group’s willingness to venture out into other forms within the genre. For context, check out 2020’s “Strive”, piano-based, ambient-inflected track.
Before KinetiX formed in 2017, the Offaly trio started out as traditional musicians to great success, winning 23 All-Ireland at various Fleadh Cheoil na nÉireann competitions, as well as appearing on The Late Late Toy Show in 2010.
Arthur would go on to have the most success prior to KinetiX, going on to form Ruaile Buaile, which would release two studio albums, extensively tour North America, Europe, the UAE, and New Zealand, and gain a viral hit with a cover of Mark McCabe’s cult classic “Maniac 2000” in 2017.
As KinetiX, the trio work out of their studio in Offaly, having previously worked in Diffusion Lab Studios alongside producers Chris Bubenzer and Marcin Ciszczon.
The trio plan to release up to a dozen singles before the end of 2021, while continuing to perform gigs via live stream, with the aim of returning to physical gigs at the first opportunity ahead of the 2022 festival season.