DOTW: Omar-S, High School Graffiti

One of many reasons why Alex “Omar-S” Smith is so widely adored among house/techno fans is that he’s irrepressibly prolific. Now, with his newest album having just been released today, adoring masses can add generosity to their reasons for adoration: Omar-S has teamed up with Scion AV for a completely free digital EP called High School Graffiti. Its five tracks run the gamut of sounds between Chicago-influenced melancholic house (“Got the Drop on Dem”) and 303 workouts (“Gunup Runup” and “Unitarian”), thrusting melodic house (“My Naffew Randy”), and even a collaboration with Theo Parrish (“Who’s In Key?”). Our thanks to Omar-S and Scion AV for hooking us up with the goods.

Download: Omar-S, High School Graffiti

brian  on August 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

i love how omar s and theo parrish talk about their tunes as a strictly detroit thing, and put out a record with a japanese car company’s record label. gimme a break.

anon  on August 12, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Really? You’re saying Omar and Theo should be loyal to corporations who moved all of their manufacturing and (with the exception of GM headquarters) all corporate and support locations OUT of Detroit and into the suburbs, to save a few bucks. Ford, GM, Chrysler may cultivate an image of some vested interest in Detroit’s well-being, but corporations don’t have loyalties to people, cities, countries, it’s all about money.

I can understand criticism of corporate sponsorship in general, scene’s getting co-opted to lend their cool to a product, but whatever, he’s got bills to pay; as long as he’s not changing his style it’s all good. It’s possible to milk the system without selling out.

Kinda skeptical of the whole Scion AV thing overall, but as far as this goes, these tracks are hot, they are free. I’m sold.

Pasota  on August 13, 2011 at 9:41 AM

quick question: if this is a free digital download why is it given to us in 160 kbs and not in 320? What’s the point?

littlewhiteearbuds  on August 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM

@Pasota

It’s a reasonable question, but it’s one for Scion AV. We uploaded the EP as it was provided.

brian  on August 15, 2011 at 12:37 AM

@anon, in no way saying that theo or omar should be loyal to american car companies but i find it kind of funny that their mouths are very heavy on authenticity and detroit and sell off their culture to a japanese car company, that’s all.

brian  on August 15, 2011 at 12:38 AM

either way love the tunes and glad they’re free and yes of course they both have to pay their bills etc etc just find it funny

Sibonelo Zulu  on August 15, 2011 at 7:19 AM

Thanks a lot. Omar S track are welcome all the time. I wouldn’t really complain about the bit rate considering its free. Maybe it will be pressed into vinyl later than you can get a better sound or not?

Pasota  on August 15, 2011 at 12:01 PM

@littlewhiteearbuds… was just a small question.. curiosity.. big supporter of omar-s’s work… loved his remix of 578, his #2 Ep, his minimalish work with shadow ray.. thanks for supporting vinyl (maybe that’s the point afterall) :))

ScionAV  on August 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Hey everyone,

There was a mixup with the files and 160kbps versions got distributed instead of the 320kbps versions. If you want the higher quality files, you can download them here:

http://www.preemtiv.com/emails/omar_s_detroit/topspin

Sorry for the inconvenience!

winkles  on August 16, 2011 at 9:06 AM

hey Scion

I can’t seem to input my email address into the link to download… is there another way round it?

jonnyp  on August 20, 2011 at 4:39 AM

thanks so much for this omar-s/lwe/sponsor!

My Naffew Randy is my new favourite track. Simple, emotional, deep as fuck.

Tick, tick, tick.

Jon x

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