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Starlight
Starlight (12")
Cat: AF 001. Rel: 25 Feb 21
Deep House
  1. Starlight (feat Tyesha Blount) (6:00)
  2. Matador Beach (instrumental) (3:27)
  3. Matador Beach (vocal mix) (2:47)
Review: Word on the street is that Alister is the next big thing to come out of the Motor City. The song writer and producer must be hotly tipped, frankly, because the one and only Omar S has taken him under his wing and recorded and mixed these two new tunes, which are tasters from his full length album to come in the spring. They bare all his hallmarks too - crunchy, dusty drums, rugged chord vamps and prickly perc. 'Starlight' is all that with an added vocal, while 'Matador Beach' is more trippy and nocturnal, with a delicate falsetto lost in pinball melodies and ricocheting hits.
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All I Do
All I Do (12")
Cat: FXGANGSTA. Rel: 19 Oct 10
Deep House
  1. Roy Davis Jr - "All I Do"
  2. Omar S - "Da Teys" (feat DJ B Len D)
Review: Omar S treats us to a second release in the space of a week, with a much deserved reissue of some 1996 Roy Davis Jnr rawness across the A Side. The Stevie Wonder classic "All I Do" gets chopped up, laid over a killer Chi town beat filled with instantly gratifying raw drum edits and augmented by some evil bass thumps. Relentlessly brilliant and sounds just as fresh some 14 years on. Echoing a current trend this side plays outwards from the inside groove. On the flip Omar S teams up with DJ B Len D for the bongo heavy deep groove of "Da Teys" a track that's characterised by melodic keys which increase with curveball drama as the track progresses.





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Dubout EP #3.13
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Real To Real
Cat: LH-FX#1. Rel: 13 Sep 07
Techno
  1. Real To Real (LHAO mix)
  2. Renewal (AOS loop)
  3. Sacred (AOS co-mix)
  4. Motor (LH mix)
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Thirteen/Two/Eight
Cat: OAS 13. Rel: 22 Feb 07
Deep House
  1. Thirteen
  2. Two
  3. Eight
Review: The main track here shows a slightly different facette of Omar S. Thirteen/Two/Eight, released on FXHE, has a handclapping, twitching beat with a quirky lively synth melody, classic italo disco and early 80 boogie sounds from a Detroit point of view. A vivid techno track and a darker ambient outing keep the quality high.

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Record Packer Part 4 (Soundtrack)
Record Packer Part 4 (Soundtrack) (hand-stamped yellow vinyl 7")
Cat: AOS 2020. Rel: 17 Dec 20
Deep House
  1. 8 Bit Set Me Up (3:10)
  2. 8 Bit Set Me Up (instrumental) (2:11)
  3. 8 Bit Desert Eagle (2:20)
Review: Record Packer is a new video game scored by the one and only Detroit don Omar S. He's mostly reworked a load of tunes of his you will know and love in a crunchy, lo-fi, nostalgic 8bit style and is to real them all as part of his new Detroit based virtual and physical exhibition Conant Gardens Party Store. As well as that, some of them are coming on 7", including 'Set It Up,' one of our personal favourites with its aching vocal sample and ice-cold beats. There are two versions of it here as well one of pixelated melodic house jam 'Desert Eagle'.
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Still Fuking Resident Advisor
Cat: AOS 418012. Rel: 29 Oct 20
Deep House
  1. Gonna Luv You (4:22)
  2. Bread Over Bed (6:02)
  3. Shut Up (4:05)
  4. Sloppy Joe (3:57)
Review: As the sweary, confrontational title suggests, this four-tracker from Detroit hero Omar-S is like a musical expansion pack for his much-discussed recent album, F*ck Resident Advisor. The no-nonsense Detroiter starts in fine fashion with 'Gonna Love You', a jaunty, piano-sporting peak-time loop jam crafted from old school vocal samples and snippets from a killer disco record, before reaching for cosmic synth sounds, lilting melodies and a melancholic mood on the starry deep house jam 'Bread Over Bed'. He subtly doffs a cap to Dance Mania style ghetto-house on the quirky, club-ready cheekiness of 'Shut Up', before smothering a classic house groove with heady hand percussion and snaking synth lines on dense and energetic closing cut 'Sloppy Joe'.
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Fuck Resident Advisor CD
Cat: AOS 4180. Rel: 17 Aug 20
Deep House
  1. In My City
  2. Gonna Luv You
  3. Bread Over Bed
  4. Don't Leave Me Standing Yeaa
  5. Shutup
  6. Mell'like Boom Boom In'dair!
  7. Sloppy Joe
  8. Washtenaw County Horn Section
  9. You Gotta Beat The Clock
  10. Simply
Review: A few eyebrows were raised when Omar-S announced the title of his latest album. While clearly meant as a controversial talking point, the title should not distract from what is one of Alex 'Omar' Smith's strongest collections of cuts to date - and one with an all-star cast of Motor City collaborators (Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley and OB Ignitt all feature). Musically, it's pleasingly diverse, with Smith effortlessly drifting between 21st century P-funk ("In My City"), cowbell-powered deep-house funk ("Don't Leave Me Standing Yeea"), sparse and synth-heavy house hypnotism ("Mell'like Boom Boom In'dair"), disco-house jack ("Washtenaw County Horn Section"), sub-heavy Detroit-meets-Sheffield minimalism ("You Gotta Beat The Clock") and sunrise-ready dancefloor dreaminess ("Simply"). This CD edition also includes four cuts not available on the vinyl edition.
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Fuck Resident Advisor
Cat: AOS 418. Rel: 03 Jul 20
Deep House
  1. In My City (feat John FM - Rick White mix) (6:27)
  2. Don't Leave Me Standing Yeaa (5:44)
  3. Mell'like Boom Boom In'dair! (4:28)
  4. Washtenaw County Horn Section (6:03)
  5. You Gotta Beat The Clock (4:24)
  6. Simply (7:16)
Review: There's been plenty of online chatter about the confrontational title of Omar-S's latest full-length outing, and arguably not enough focus on the music itself (or the fact that the guest list contains Rick Wilhite, Norm Talley and OB Ignitt for that matter). This is unfortunate, because as usual Alex 'Omar' Smith has hit the spot. The six untitled tracks are impressively varied, with Smith effortlessly moving between 21st century P-funk (track one), cowbell-powered deep house funk (track 2), sparse and synth-heavy acid house hypnotism (track three), disco-house jack (track four), sub-heavy Detroit-meets-Sheffield minimalism (track five) and sunrise-ready dancefloor dreaminess (track six).
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Booted
Booted (12")
Cat: BERLINRECORDS 003. Rel: 28 May 20
Deep House
  1. Track 1 (7:59)
  2. Track 2 (7:03)
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Booted
Booted (12")
Cat: BERLINRECORDS 001. Rel: 30 Apr 20
Deep House
  1. Poor Fake (remix) (6:16)
  2. Bullshit Baby (4:18)
  3. 75&Day (6:09)
Review: Something slightly different here from one of Detroit's most storied producers who - somewhat surprisingly - has gone against type and decided to include a full vocal on "Poor Fake (Remix)", the mesmerising and melancholic A-side of his latest release. The vocal in question comes from an uncredited Kate Bush sound-alike, whose distinctive drawl works in perfect unison with Smith's moody Detroit bassline, snappy machine beats and celestial chords. Over on the flip the former Motor City street racer makes merry with some classy disco samples on feel-good workout "Bullshit Baby", before brilliantly playing around with the same Diana Ross sample he used on 2004's "Day", on the throbbing, peak-time ready loop jam that is "75&Day".
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Played by: Corbi, NICOLA CONTE
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You Want (Black Cover Version)
You Want (Black Cover Version) (4xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: AOS 9900. Rel: 05 Feb 20
Deep House
  1. You Want The Best (5:29)
  2. A Toast To Momma Rose (Crowd Claps Jacked By Norm Talley) (5:38)
  3. That's Lil 'Boy (feat Ian Finkelstein) (10:57)
  4. Second Life (feat John FM) (5:58)
  5. The Sound Of Neptune (5:32)
  6. Don't Get In My Way (4:32)
  7. This Love Is 4 Real (6:06)
  8. Oops (5:59)
  9. Mandela's Gold (5:18)
  10. Hear Me Out (feat John FM) (10:08)
  11. Ambiance (feat John Cloud TM & L'renee) (4:47)
  12. Coming Home Mum (5:52)
  13. 1993 (7:20)
Review: Those who've been paying close attention will know that Alex 'Omar' Smith has been mixing things up musically of late, veering away from the deep Detroit house he's famed for in order to explore a wider range of influences. New album "You Want" doesn't exactly reverse this trend, but it is far more rooted in his particular brand of seductive, off-kilter deepness and techno-tinged hypnotism than recent singles. That's undeniably a good thing, because nobody does crunchy, machine driven club jams better than the Motor City producer. There are nods towards Italian style piano house, disco, broken beat, jazz funk, Masters at Work and - more surprisingly - industrial techno (see the filthy closing cut) - but the resultant cuts don't sound like anything other than tried-and-tested Omar-S club jams.
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Side Trakx Volume #6
Side Trakx Volume #6 (green vinyl 7")
Cat: AOS 610. Rel: 28 Oct 19
Dancehall/Ragga
  1. Love Me Like Cooked Food (3:11)
  2. Secrets (feat Andre Foxxe) (2:17)
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith traditionally uses the "Sidetrakx" series to release music that doesn't fit with his club-rocking house and techno 12" series. Even so, few would have expected him to use the latest edition - the sixth in total - to offer up a dancehall cut featuring Jamaican singer and MC Nardo Ranks. "Love Me Like Cooked Food" features Ranks chatting and singing in Patois above a dancehall "riddim" rich in rubbery bass guitar, echo-laden machine drums and flanged guitar riffs. It may be a curveball, but it's rather good. Over on the flip, "Renault used car salesman" John FM guests on a lo-fi R&B/soul workout that also includes some deliciously tongue-in-cheek, poodle perm-sporting soft rock guitar solos.
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Pull Ovaa
Pull Ovaa (12")
Cat: AOS 200. Rel: 15 Aug 19
Deep House
  1. Better Believe It Baby (3:01)
  2. Catch Ya (5:47)
  3. Cheat (1:51)
  4. Pull Ovaa (7:47)
Review: What more can be said about the output of Alex 'Omar' Smith? The Detroiter's releases have perhaps been a little more varied of late than we've come to expect, but the quality nevertheless remains dizzyingly high. This white label excursion is full of floor-friendly gems, with Smith's use of classic house samples and familiar vocal samples also making it one of his most party-hearted releases for a while. Check, for example, "Catch Ya", where a much-loved turn-of-the-'90s acapella rises above bouncy New Jersey organs and snappy machine drums. "Better Believe It Baby" brilliantly wraps a chiming synth loop and R&B style vocal snippets around a chunky, disco-fired deep house beat, while "Cheat" and "Pull Ovaa" are deliciously dusty, bass-heavy deep house workouts with just the right amount of hypnotic late night charm.
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1992
1992 (12")
Cat: AOS 1992. Rel: 21 Feb 19
Techno
  1. Light Year Flight (7:24)
  2. 1992 (6:27)
  3. Homey Trinitron (3:42)
Review: You have to admire Alex "Omar" Smith's work rate. He's been slinging out regular releases now for the best part of a decade and shows no sign of slowing down. "1992" is his second EP of 2019 and contains a trio of contrasting cuts in his distinctive, hardware-driven sound. Perhaps the biggest surprise is closing cut "Homey Trinitron", a techno-tempo workout that wraps fuzzy, lo-fi synth motifs around weighty and distorted, ghetto-house influenced drums. He provides a chunk of loose but locked-in deep house drowsiness (see the warm, shuffling and punchy title track), as well as a cheery, piano-driven A-side that's as warm, rush-inducing and anthem-like as anything he's released to date.
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One Of A Kind
One Of A Kind (clear vinyl 12")
Cat: AOS 7418CLEAR. Rel: 21 Jan 19
Deep House
  1. Less Pain (7:03)
  2. Track 2 (3:31)
  3. One Of A Kind (8:07)
Played by: Sean Dixon
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One Of A Kind
Cat: AOS 7418. Rel: 21 Sep 18
Deep House
  1. Less Pain (7:02)
  2. Untitled (3:31)
  3. One Of A Kind (8:09)
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith is certainly "One of a Kind". Like fellow Detroiters Kenny Dixon Jr and Theo Parrish, he has achieved cult status amongst serious deep house heads primarily by following his own path and sticking a solitary digit towards convention. That and being seriously good at what he does, of course. He begins this latest EP in confident mood, joining the dots between vintage New Jersey garage and bouncy deep house on "Less Pain", before wrapping slipped '80s synth-pop chords around a killer (machine) percussion track. Best of all, though, is title track "One of a Kind", a luscious chunk of slowly unfurling deep house positivity rich in ear-pleasing synthesizer motifs, surging chords and rush-inducing musicality.
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That's Me
That's Me (1-sided 12")
Cat: AOS 00412. Rel: 10 May 18
Deep House
  1. That's Me (7:37)
Review: For his latest trick, Alex "Omar" Smith has crafted a killer new tune out of a distinctive gospel soul sample that he first used on much-played 2004 single "Day". Pedants will point out that "That's Me" actually uses a wider variety of sampled loops from the same source track, rather than one specific repetitive section, but either way the results are fantastic. Bumping, distorted, bass-heavy and soulful with more grunt than your average blue movie, the track is a perfect example of how highly effective, life-affirming house music can be made out of the simplest of elements suitably arranged and tweaked. Basically, it's a jazz-flecked, hands-aloft bumper that will get played at a lot of festivals this summer.
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Your Socially Awkward Criminal
Cat: AOS 070. Rel: 14 Feb 18
Deep House
  1. Games That We Play (feat Diviniti) (8:55)
  2. Potawatomi (6:46)
Review: Any new material on FXHE has us in a frenzy! 2018 looks like a good start for the Detroit label, with boss man Omar S bringing the jams in style. 'Your Socially Awkward' features two fine servings of modern, Motor City techno-soul. There's the evocative A side cut "Games That We Play", a life affirming journey awash in uplifting pianos plus uplifting arpeggio sequences above its steely shuffle - and all supported by local heroine Diviniti's powerful vocals. On the flip, the deep groove of "Potawatomi" takes things down a notch or two, but this late night number still has a heap of bounce and emotion to it still. This follows up the late 2017 release 'Tap Dat Ass' and the debut album from local veteran Norm Talley.
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003 (reissue)
Cat: AOS 003. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Deep House
  1. Give It To Me (Omar S mix) (5:48)
  2. Always There (5:15)
  3. Open Mist (5:54)
  4. For Us All (4:52)
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Hit It Bubba
Cat: AOS 696. Rel: 03 Jan 17
Deep House
  1. Sink Holes (4:07)
  2. HELL ON EARTH (3:51)
  3. Hit It Bubba (I Want My Dadda's Rekids!!!!) (5:42)
  4. Party Marty (5:47)
Review: The Detroit badman always delivers the goods, but he'd recently focussed on his more house-centric style thanks to a series of sleek, soulful releases. This time, he's come out all guns blazing with this new four-part killer, led by the absolutely nutty groove that is "Sink Holes" - a proper slice of Omar S acid, delivered in fine style and with his inimitable rawness. "HELL ON EARTH" is a moodier, funkier house tip with a jazzy side, while the flipside's "Hit It Bubba (I Want My Dadda's Rekids!!!!)" is a fast, upbeat house bomb with a crazy little disco sample that floats amid the grainy bass drums. "Party Marty" is a no nonsense kind of lick, pouncing away with a steady, yet unmistakably Omar S-style percussion, and a heavy bass blow. This is one hell of a way to make an appearance this early in the year - highly recommended!!
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Sidetrakx Volume #5
Cat: AOS 510. Rel: 17 Oct 16
Deep House
  1. Sky Train (feat Nite Jewel - vocal mix) (5:46)
  2. Sky Train (Chattanooga TN mix) (5:45)
  3. Sky Train (Finkell Avenue mix) (1:36)
  4. Sky Train (Austin TX mix) (5:46)
Review: The latest installment of Alex Omar-Smith's Side-Trakx series - long an outlet for work that doesn't fit into his usual house/techno template - is a little different to its' predecessors. For starters, it features four versions of one track: Nite Jewel collaboration "Sky Train". The full-vocal original is something of a treat; a radio-friendly fusion of dreamy deep house sounds, picturesque vocals and a smooth but undulating, Herbie Hancock-influenced groove. The superb keys-work of local jazz pianist Ian Finkelstein comes to the fore on the hazier "Chattanooga TN" and "Finkell Avenue" versions (the latter an ambient treat), with the "Texas TN" mix moving further towards jazz-funk territory.
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Blown Valvetrane
Cat: AOS 033. Rel: 26 Sep 16
Deep House
  1. Blown Valvetrane (11:12)
  2. Busaru Beats (4:40)
  3. Deep Valve Cover (6:38)
Review: The more Omar S material we get onto our shelves, the better off we all are. We love him, as you probably well know. The Detroit misfit has this knack for making simple house and techno sound rich and full of soul. That's not to say that he can't lay down some roughness and, in fact, that's exactly what we love about him. This EP, in particular, is one we've been wanting for a while' it's Alex O Smith at his damn best the whole way through, providing the dirt and the shine simultaneously. "Blown Valvetrane" is an absolute beat of an EP, a classic Detroit killer with an FX-drenched percussion, a simple drum machine groove and a whole heap of supreme nastiness - an absolute winner! "Busaru Beats" is a murky, distorted monster that lays in the shadows of its more aggressive A-side sibling, and "Deep Valve Cover" provides that classic Omar S hit; a joint that'll blow your mind with its utter simplicity and shady demeanour. SICK and BACK IN.
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Desert Eagle
Cat: AOS 902. Rel: 30 Jun 16
Deep House
  1. Desert Eagle (6:26)
  2. Cry Me A River (6:19)
Review: Hot on the heels of the boastfully-titled full-length The Best comes Desert Eagle, Alex Omar Smith's first 12" of 2016. The title track is as bold and brassy as you'd expect from the Detroit producer, with swirling, minor key melodies and woozy chords complimenting swinging machine drums and a deliciously bouncy, suitably tactile synth-bass line. Arguably better is "Cry Me A River", where soulful vocal samples and wonderfully positive melody lines are expertly combined with bumpin', distorted deep house drums. Throw in some sustained note strings and a bustling bassline, and you have another guaranteed floor-filler from the FXHE boss.
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The Best
The Best (4xLP + insert)
Cat: AOS 4400. Rel: 05 May 16
Deep House
  1. Time Mo 1 (Norman Talley mix) (5:21)
  2. On Your Way (Divinity vocals) (5:56)
  3. Chama Piru's (7:11)
  4. Seen Was Set (Norm Talley mix - BIG Strick vocal) (5:48)
  5. Smash (Kyle Hall keys - Ignit-Linn Drums) (4:16)
  6. AOS & Tom Bugs - "Buggin Out" (7:39)
  7. You Silk Suit Wearin MuLaFuk'ka (6:04)
  8. Take Ya Pik, Nik!!!!! (4:36)
  9. Ah'Revolution (Poli Grip For Partials mix'nik - Amp Fidder vocals) (7:29)
  10. Bitch,,,,I'll Buy You Another One!!! (7:29)
  11. Heard'Chew Single (John FM vocals) (9:43)
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith has never been one for modesty, so we shouldn't be too surprised that he's called his latest full-length - his fifth in total - The Best. To be fair, he is rather good at producing high-grade deep house, and here unveils another eleven gems. Interestingly, he's recruited an impressive cast-list of collaborators and guests, including Norman Talley, Kyle Hall, OB Ignitt and, most surprisingly of all, Bristol-based Tom Bug. Highlights are plentiful, from the dusty afro and blues influences of the tribal "Chama Piru's", and hazy, Rhodes-heavy vocal cut "AhRevolution", to the hip-wigglin' disco-house influences of "Seen Was Set", and retro-futurist, Inner City style Divinity hook-up "On Your Way".
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Sidetrakx Volume #4
Cat: AOS 410. Rel: 21 Dec 15
Deep House
  1. The Lost Albatross (Rosetta Hines extended mix) (5:09)
  2. TGIOMDE (3:52)
  3. XSE (4:41)
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Sidetrakx Volume #3
Cat: AOS 310. Rel: 15 May 15
Deep House
  1. Ah Nother One (2:23)
  2. Faahhuuuuuu (4:39)
Review: We're so used to Omar-S pursuing a very particular form of Detroit deep house, that when the legendary producer tries something different, it takes us by surprise. Sidetrakx Volume #3 is full of surprises. Take "Uluu", for example; while still a deep house track, its' undulating dub bassline, spaced-out soul vocal and sparse beats are pleasingly different to his traditionally rolling fare. It's mighty impressive, all told, while flipside "Another One 2 Love" almost eschews deep house completely. Instead, Alex Smith delivers a sweet, almost cute soul song built around head-nodding post hip-hop beats and sweet melodies. It, too, is hugely enjoyable, and once again proves his mastery of multiple genres.
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Psychotic Photosynthesis
Cat: AOS 432D/Z. Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Deep House
  1. Psychotic Photosynthesis
  2. Psychotic Photosynthesis (no drum mix)
Review: Omar S is back with 'Psychotic Photosynthesis' on FXHE. This track really does float above the rest, and rather than adhere
to some petty law of nature, it steadily climbs upwards into the realm of the sublime; synths resonating with the tonal vibration
of visceral perfection. Like any other medicine, this record must be prescribed correctly for the above effects to manifest.
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Annoying Mumbling Alkaholik
Cat: AOS 000. Rel: 19 Aug 14
Deep House
  1. Annoying Mumbling Alkaholik
  2. Serving Cavi On 18 & Garfield
  3. This Muthafuk'ka
Review: With a title like Annoying Mumbling Alkaholik, you'd expect this three-tracker from the mighty Alex "Omar" Smith to be full of pent-up anger and bitter frustration. Sure, there's a raging rawness about the third track - an undulating trip into spiraling acid territory - but for the most part the EP is a beacon of simple beauty. The opening track is particularly picturesque, with beautiful, new-age influenced melodies and immersive pads riding a cymbal-heavy Detroit deep house groove. There's more Mood Hut/Future Times style synth work on the Tangerine Dream influenced "Track 2", which contrasts deep, sun-kissed melodic loops with a fuzzy drum machine groove.
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Romancing The Stone
Romancing The Stone (double 12")
Cat: AOS (1975). Rel: 07 Apr 14
Deep House
  1. Leave
  2. Romancing The Stone!
  3. Frogs
  4. Surpass
Review: Despite some FXHE releases containing playful artistic references to the films that undoubtedly referenced the titles, this Romancing The Stone double pack from Omar S is sadly lacking in any MS Paint renditions of the Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner 90s vehicle of the same name. It does however contain four more fine examples of the fact no one does it quite like Omar S. Lead track "Leave" sets the tone, as ripples of percussion emerge from a pool of simmering sonic emotion and embarks on a masterclass in slow build dancefloor revelation at breakneck pace. "Romancing The Stone" pulls from the same palette of anthemic Omar S productions as "Here's Your Trance, Now Dance" and "Psychotic Photosynthesis" as a lead array of synths, keys and chords weave with supple grace over crunchy drums - watch out for the track finishing abruptly. On the second 12", "Frogs" dovetails from a simple disco guitar loop into fucked up abstract acid techno territory with little prior warning whilst "Surpass" finds AOS ending with some anthemic maximal piano house.
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Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself: Part 1
Cat: AOS (7700)1. Rel: 28 Jun 13
Deep House
  1. I Just Want (Luke Hess mix)
  2. Air Of The Day
  3. Be YoSelf
  4. Rewind (feat L'Rena)
  5. The Shit Baby
  6. Hellter Shelter
  7. Amalthea
  8. Tardigrade’s
Review: Although Omar S' excellent Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself album was released on CD a few months ago, it's the deluxe vinyl version that the real "Homie's and Tender Roni's" have been waiting for. Only Omar S could get away with spreading all of its 14 tracks across 4 12"s, split into two parts, but for those yet to sample its delights, the album's superb selection of tracks more than justifies the expense; Part 1 features the superb vocal turn from L'Renee on "Rewind", the insanely feelgood house of "The Shit Baby", the experimental dubbiness of "Helter Shelter" and thick set deep house of "Amalthea".
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Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself: Part 2
Cat: AOS (7700)2. Rel: 28 Jun 13
Deep House
  1. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
  2. Ready My Black Asz
  3. Messier Sixty Eight
  4. Dumpster Graves
  5. She's Sah Hero Nik
  6. Broken Bamalance Horn
  7. Force FED The Meds!!!!!!
  8. Its Money In The 'D'
Review: The second part of Omar S' You For Letting Me Be Myself album in vinyl form sees another 8 tracks across four sides of wax; aside from the '80s inflected sounds of the album's title track, the 303 workout of "Ready My Black Asz" finds itself with the dubbed out loops of "Messier Sixty Eight". As a bonus for those who already have the album, this part contains two vinyl exclusive tracks; the soothing deepness of "She's Sah Hero Nik" and the delayed organ weirdness of "Broken Bamalance Horn" - both more than worth the price of admission alone.
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Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
Cat: 7000. Rel: 22 Mar 13
Deep House
  1. I'll Bring U Ah Lil Sumpin Back
  2. I Just Want (mixed by Luke Hess)
  3. Air Of The Day
  4. Be Yoself
  5. Rewind
  6. The Shit Baby
  7. Hellter Shelter
  8. Amalthea
  9. Tardigrade's
  10. Thank U 4 Letting Me Be Myself
  11. Ready My Black Asz
  12. Messier's Sixty Eight
  13. Dumpster Graves
  14. Its Money In The D
Review: Last time it was only Omar S that could do it; this time he's thanking us for letting him be Omar S. That's right the FXHE boss returns with an eagerly awaited new album brandishing some 14 tracks. Omar S albums naturally tend to sell themselves but, for those still curious, Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself sounds like a perfectly executed culmination of the ideas AOS has explored on the numerous 12"s since his last album. As soon as the crunchy mechanical dramatics of opening track "I'll Bring U Ah Lil Sumpin Back" launch into action you feel like you're in for quite the journey and the subsequent swerves through Detroit flavoured electro, piano flecked house, beatdown and techno come with satisfaction guaranteed.
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005
005 (2xLP)
Cat: AOS 5500LPW. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Deep House
  1. Jit
  2. I Love U Alex
  3. Strider's World
  4. Just Ask The Lonely
  5. Congaless
  6. A Victim
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Triangulum Australe (Say It Space)
Cat: AOS 7501. Rel: 24 Nov 12
Techno
  1. Triangulum Australe (Say It Space)
  2. Mayall II
Review: FXHE has been brimming with activity in recent times, with a steadfast flurry of singles refusing to let the quality drop, and now the big bossman delivers another two slices of finely cured business in his inimitable style. The lead track is an arresting piece with just a kick to drive proceedings, leaving ample room for a haunting array of bleeps and a 'speak & spell' vocal until the track slowly ramps up with some more prominent drum programming. "Mayall II" on the flip is a less tense affair, with a cheery string refrain and old school jack-in-the-box beats disseminated in a plain and simple fashion.
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It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It
Cat: AOS 6000. Rel: 12 Aug 11
Deep House
  1. Solely Supported
  2. Supported Solely
  3. Look Hear Watch
  4. I Come Over
  5. Ganymede
  6. You Wish
  7. Over You Too
  8. It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It
  9. Nite's Over Compton
  10. Here's Your Trance Now Dance
  11. Skynet 2 B
  12. Bobien Larkin
Review: Omar S has always been something of a maverick, but even by his own high standards, surprise second album It Can Be Done, But Only I Can Do It is something else. Like much of his work, it's an album of acute contrasts: tough and aggressive on one hand (the ragging acid of the opener and "Ganymede"), soft, calming and blissful on the other ("Nite's Over Comption"). Along the way, highlights are plentiful, from the heady deep house of "You Wish", sparse porno beatdown of "Look Hear Watch" and hypnotic rhythms of "Bobien Larkin", to the next generation Motor City techno of "Over You Two" and near-anthemic simplicity of "Here's Your Trance, Now Dance".

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002 (reissue with bonus track)
Cat: AOS (002). Rel: 08 Dec 09
Deep House
  1. I Hate
  2. Miss You
  3. Untitled
  4. U
  5. Set It Out
Review: Bless up Omar S! The FXHE man is always happy to repress and reissue some of his earlier records for those that missed out at the time and here he offers a welcome chance to dig into a veritable slab of label history. AOS002 is where it all began for Omar S, first released way back in 2003 as a four track 12" of tunnelling techno and deftly sampled Detroit house. It's been repressed several times over the years with more recent editions featuring a bonus untitled track deep into the B side. The limited 2015 edition now comes in three different colours; orange, red, or brown. Whichever you chose this should be considered an essential addition to your FXHE collection.
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Sidetrakx Volume #2
Cat: AOS-220. Rel: 26 Nov 08
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Hysteresis
  2. Efilive
  3. Meziere
  4. Postignition
  5. Leaveluck To Heaven
  6. I Know Chun Li
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The Further You Look The Less You Will See
Cat: AOS 432B. Rel: 01 Aug 08
Deep House
  1. The Further You Look The Less You Will See
  2. Tecky Alexander
 in stock $13.48
Sidetrakx Volume #1
Cat: OMAR-S 110. Rel: 01 Jul 06
Deep House
  1. Child Run Away
  2. Shine On Me
  3. Ya Give Up
  4. Morning Drive
  5. Turn & Walk Away
  6. Bring It To Me
Review: Omar S adopts a new style for his new Side Trakx project. Detroit house meets sample based hip hop... and it really works. Possibly inspired by the passing of the late Jay Dilla, this music is perfect for relaxing and kicking back, or even warming up the early hours of the club. While Detroit hip-hop producers already proved that there's a mutual creative interaction between the cities house, techno and hip-hop scenes, it's now one of the cities hottest house producers laying down some smoked out, next level instrumentals in the vein of the late genius Jay Dilla, Madlib or Underground Resistance's Hipnotech sublabel.
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Played by: WAHEVER
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Detroit!
Detroit! (12")
Cat: AOS 006EP. Rel: 12 Apr 06
Techno
  1. Polynesia
  2. Churchill
  3. Micronesia
  4. Frontwardsflip
  5. Nikademas
Played by: Lakuti, Glimpse, RUF DUG
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In Side My Head
In Side My Head (1-sided 12")
Cat: AOS 010. Rel: 16 Dec 05
Deep House
  1. In Side My Head
 in stock $13.48
001
001 (12")
Cat: AOS 2475. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Deep House
  1. Poor Food
  2. Bitch
  3. Motion
  4. 200001
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004
004 (hand-stamped 12")
Cat: AOS 004. Rel: 14 Oct 04
Deep House
  1. Day (mix 1)
  2. Day (mix 2)
  3. Night
 in stock $13.48
I Wanna Know
Cat: AOS 928. Rel: 12 Jan 15
Deep House
  1. I Wanna Know
  2. I Wanna Know (Extramental mix)
Review: By Alex "Omar" Smith's standards, "I Wanna Know" is something of a curveball. It sees him joining forces with vocalist James Garcia to lay down the sort of spine-tingling vocal house cut that would have once been associated with Chicago acts such as Fingers Inc. Admittedly, it contains plenty of far-sighted Detroit electronics and Smith's usual percussive shuffle, but there's a genuine retro-futurist feel that may take some of his fans by surprise. It's rather wonderful, all told, and sounds like a crossover anthem in waiting. Turn to the flipside and you'll find the Extramental Mix, a superb instrumental version that gives Smith's sublime melodies, vintage synths and sparkling electronics a chance to shine. Artwork of the year too!
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