Økapi is Filippo Paolini, an Italian turntablist and sample cutup artist. Filippo has recorded as one half of the duo Metaxu (with Maurizio Martusciello) and also the trio Dogon, and he’s performed on RAI (Italian state radio) and collaborated with noted avant-turntablist Christian Marclay.
Okapi uses his turntables and computer to create music completely outside of the hip-hop school of chopped up music. Instead he has created some albums that veers from orchestral to lounge to quirky experimental music, while maintaining a delicate and spacious sound throughout.
His skill at sample manipulation is really quite amazing. In his live-set Okapi mix techno / broken beat / electro / 8-bit with melodies including klezmer, polk, childrens’ music, idiot-pop, hawaian music…