Omar-S, These Complimentary Track’x


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This year I placed a fair number of orders with FXHE Records, and for good reason. Just looking at Omar-S’ output alone, 2010 yielded epic vocal house tracks (“Here With Me”), deep and driving cosmic tracks (“Plesetsk Cosmodrome”), taut Chicago workouts (“Skynet 2 B”), and acid-drenched 303 tracks (the whole Mid 90’s EP), not to mention a slew of remixes. Detroit’s current favorite son is not particularly consistent in his sound, swinging around timbres with aplomb and never content to sit still. Luckily for buyers, though, his quality never wavers, and newest 12″ These Complimentary Tracks’x is no exception.

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Things kick off with “Solely Supported,” which sees Smith pick up the 303 again for a dynamic yet subdued bit of shuffling techno. As much as I love the 303, lately it seems to be used as more of a gimmick than anything else. Luckily Mr. Smith knows his way around the machine, and with a simple yet effective pattern and expert knob-turning, “Solely Supported” comes out old-school and jacking in all the best ways. “Under Jamaica” is a lo-fi, experimental cut whose razor-sharp torrent of percussion is engaging and decidedly strange. “Columns” is a longer tune which slowly harnesses the sounds swarming around it into a restrained techno number, where “Boot Hill” is an edit of classic sounding soul. These Complimentary Track’x might not be a revolutionary 12″ but it continues the on-form run Omar-S has enjoyed for as long as I can remember.

Blaktony  on January 7, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Sounds of a classic, yet new. Very nice.

mas  on January 7, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Great to see omar-s stuff getting reviews, but why are you guys reviewing this *now*, didn’t this drop back in October?
Shouldn’t you be reviewing the Jive Time Ep at this point..?

On the review: I agree, It’s a good record, all tracks are solid, but not one of the stand-outs in the omar-s catalog.
Solely Supported being the “hit” song while Columns and Under Jamaica are more experimental/tool track kinda stuff. Columns might be my favorite.
Boot Hill is more like a throw away bonus outro.

littlewhiteearbuds  on January 7, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Our mission is to cover worthwhile records, not just the latest one on offer. It’s not like a record is expired when another one follows it, especially when you’re talking about an artist as prolific as Omar-S.

mas  on January 9, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Ok, yeah, I didn’t want to come off sounding overly negative. It’s great that you’re focusing on reviewing interesting music instead of just the newest new.
It’s just that to me it seems more logical to either review ep’s around the time they drop or pull out something completely overlooked that came out two years ago or something. Something in the middle just feels a bit weird to me. But maybe it’s just me 😉

Nick Turner  on January 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

I like that they have reviewed it now as its one i missed and now its getting purchased! 😉

antonio  on January 10, 2011 at 3:47 PM

I’m also happy that LWE reviewed the track, to me, its only new if I haven’t heard it. Doesn’t matter in any way or fashion what date it was released

mas  on January 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Well, speaking of omar-s and the newest new, I just checked his web site,
and it has a one track EP with the funniest name I’ve heard in a long time: “Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!” listed as coming soon.
“Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!” Just Wow.
The sample sounds like this might be a big one.

Chris Miller  on January 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM

nice, thanks for the tip, mas! the sample sounds pretty great.

Oliver Linley  on January 13, 2011 at 4:13 PM

omar never ceases to amaze. Just wish that disco loop would go on for at least another 5mins

heresyourtrancenowdance2011  on February 1, 2011 at 12:35 AM

phyllis hyman “under your spell”, knock your self out homie!

mark  on February 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

AOS still slaying then. exxxxxcellent.

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