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Living Leaving
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Cat: FXHEBUGS. Rel: 03 Jun 13
Techno
  1. Living Leaving (part 1)
  2. Living Leaving (part 2)
Review: Quite how this 12" on FXHE from the unheralded Tom Bugs came about isn't clear, though we'd like to think Omar S got chatting to the Bristol based producer and builder of Modular synths over a pint of Guinness in a Stokes Croft pub before a gig. Whilst few people would fancy the unenviable task of following up the huge recent LP from Omar S, Bugs shows enough ingenuity on this Living Leaving 12" to make him a perfect fit for FXHE. Nestling in at the dubby end of the FXHE spectrum, like a sleepy eyed Luke Hess, both parts of "Living Leaving" demonstrate that Bugs mastery of obvious modular synths is also blessed with an innate understanding of lo-fi melodics. Indeed there's a freeform sense to how they unfurl which hints that Bugs committed these straight to tape. Another fine FXHE transmission!
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DJ Blend Detroit
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Cat: FXHE DJBLEND. Rel: 27 Jun 11
Deep House
  1. DJ Blend Detroit
  2. Eclat
Review: DJ B-len-D returns to the FXHE imprint, his only previous appearance on wax being a collab with the label's boss man Omar S last year. Here the producer - real name Leonard Horn - takes the reigns himself with two slabs of grinding Motor City electro funk. A-Side "DJ Blend Detroit" is characterised by a swirling synth hook which rides atop a jacked up beat. Flip over for "Eclat" - our pick of the two tracks on offer - in which a funked up b-line is bolstered by oh-so-danceable chord pumps. More essential business from FXHE, which is enjoying a fine year even by Omar S's lofty standards.
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Enter The Fog EP
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Cat: FXHE FNH. Rel: 29 Oct 12
Deep House
  1. Enter The Fog
  2. Roll Out
  3. Fog Beats
Review: Aaron Siegel's Fit moniker links up with the considerable talents of Gunnar Wendel (better known as Kassem Mosse) for this killer two-tracker on FXHE, and even Omar S gets in on the action with some mixdown assistance. "Track 1" works around sizzling drums, emotive bass and a diverse spread of melodic sources for a simple and direct slice of analogue house. "Track 2" is a real carpet-burn of a track, taking the quality up to a new level with a gorgeous line in lead synths moulded into a thoroughly sexy concoction while the drums stay pert and primed for all manner of sultry floor action.
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Plastik Ambash
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Plastik Ambash (1-sided 12")
Cat: KHFXHE 1. Rel: 29 Oct 07
Deep House
  1. Plastik Ambash
Keep On
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Keep On (2xLP)
Cat: LH 1221. Rel: 11 Feb 13
Deep House
  1. Awareness
  2. Humitly
  3. Deep To Deep
  4. Overcome (feat Select)
  5. Break Trough
  6. Inheritance
  7. Direction
  8. Incorruptible
Review: Despite being born and raised in Detroit, Luke Hess is rarely mentioned in the same breath as his Motor City peers. Then again, his brand and dub-infused techno doesn't fit neatly into the futurist narrative. This latest full-length flips the script slightly. While it has plenty of dub-flecked moments (see "Overcome" and "Humility"), there's a greater reliance on melody over mood. While this could be a reflection of the involvement of collaborator Omar-S, it's more likely an indication of Hess's development as a producer. Moving from hypnotic deep house to robust techno via beatless interludes, Keep On is Hess's most accessible set to date.
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John FM EP
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John FM EP (12")
Cat: JFM# 2. Rel: 19 Oct 15
Deep House
  1. Jehx (7:36)
  2. Motion (3:59)
  3. Alone (Omar S mix) (4:22)
  4. Gump (7:17)
Review: Omar S' Detroit proud FXHE now has a staunch reputation as one of those buy on sight labels for a reason. This new release by rising star John FM follows up the well-received Alone and Where My Roots Lie EPs. Starting with the soulful machine funk of "Jehks" truly capturing the sounds of the city of industry in its heyday. There's then the fine R&B jam of "Motion" somewhat reminiscent of Theo Parrish & Andrew Ashong, but it's his smooth vocal delivery which undoubtedly makes it his own! On the flip, the mysterious and melancholic Omar-S remix of "Alone" is absolutely sublime, but just wait for the tough acid fuelled groove of "Gump" which truly takes it home in right fashion.
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A White Bear's Heaven Is A Black Bear's Hell!
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Cat: FXHEBK 1. Rel: 30 Nov 15
Deep House
  1. Shut Your Eyes (feat James Garcia) (6:05)
  2. It's Not Over (4:55)
  3. Bear Gonna Getcha (6:08)
Review: A White Bear's Heaven... Is A Black Bear's Hell is something of a departure from the smooth, deep and undulating sound we've come to expect from Omar-S's FXHE label. It signals experienced producer Brian Kage's first outing for four years. While that release for Beretta Red paid tribute to atmospheric techno, this outing is far more inspired by late '80s Chicago house and acid. The standout is undoubtedly "Shut Your Eyes", a co-production with Omar-S that wraps James Garcia's soulful, heartfelt vocals around classic synth-strings, tactile stabs and pared-down, '80s style drum machine hits. He switches off the lights and signals more of a heads-down mood on the First Choice-sampling "It's Not Over" - a thrillingly tactile, synth-laden jacker - while "Bear Gonna Getcha" sounds like a warehouse anthem in waiting.
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Oh Jabba
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Oh Jabba (12")
Cat: FXHE IGNIT. Rel: 17 Dec 12
Deep House
  1. Oh Jabba
  2. Space Age Steppin
Review: FXHE remain in outer orbit following that stellar Triangulum Australe 12" from Omar S, presenting their final transmission of a superb year in the shape of Oh Jabba, two tracks of stargazing house music from O B Ignitt. Last seen collaborating with Omar S on the dedication to Eddie Murphy's finest acting role, the impression that Ignitt likes his cinema is only strengthened here on the Star Wars referencing lead track with some deliciously lo fi art work of that slug like character on the inner label dispelling any possible doubt. The track itself is a wonderfully simple yet melodic house track, crunchy drum machine rhythms rippling away feverishly beneath a calming array of swooping Rhodes and Moog flourishes. Complementing this, "Space Age Stepping" is a more searching affair, relying more on the rugged drums and gurgling analogue bassline to achieve lift off.
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Track #8
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Track #8 (12")
Cat: AOS 005. Rel: 31 Oct 05
Deep House
  1. Track #8 (7:44)
  2. Track #8 (9:58)
Sidetrakx Volume #1
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Cat: OMAR-S 110. Rel: 03 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
Played by: WAHEVER
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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001
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001 (12")
Cat: AOS 2475. Rel: 31 Oct 05
Deep House
  1. Poor Food
  2. Bitch
  3. Motion
  4. 200001
Played by: Glimpse, Paul Yudin
Detroit!
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Detroit! (12")
Cat: AOS 006EP. Rel: 17 Apr 06
Techno
  1. Polynesia
  2. Churchill
  3. Micronesia
  4. Frontwardsflip
  5. Nikademas
Played by: Lakuti, Glimpse, RUF DUG
In Side My Head
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In Side My Head (1-sided 12")
Cat: AOS 010. Rel: 19 Dec 05
Deep House
  1. In Side My Head
Triangulum Australe (Say It Space)
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Cat: AOS 7501. Rel: 26 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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Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
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Cat: 7000. Rel: 25 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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Nelson County
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Cat: AOS 123. Rel: 30 Sep 13
Deep House
  1. Don't Let Dis Be HapNin!!
  2. We Can Do Dis Like (by Don Q)
  3. U Heard What Da Man Said Muthafukka!!
  4. Nelson County
Review: Despite having already released a 16 track album this year, Detroit's finest, Omar S, proves that there is quite simply nothing stopping him as he issues the four track Nelson County. "Don't Let Dis Be HapNin! Comes on like the classic "Psychotic Photosynthesis" at witnessed through a haze of smoked glass, while "U Heard What Da Man Said Muthafukka!!" is something much more driving, like taking a spin on Detroit's streets after dark in a souped up Dodge Charger, before "Nelson County" sees the tough house-focused denouement take place in a dingy backstreet club. As always with Omar S, this stuff doesn't mess about....
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Romancing The Stone
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Romancing The Stone (double 12")
Cat: AOS (1975). Rel: 14 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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Annoying Mumbling Alkaholik
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Cat: AOS 000. Rel: 25 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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The Best
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The Best (red vinyl 4xLP + insert)
Cat: AOS 4400. Rel: 09 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: ** 4LP Red vinyl edition ** 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
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Cat: AOS 410. Rel: 28 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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Cat: AOS 902. Rel: 13 Jun 16
Deep House
  1. Desert Eagle
  2. Cry Me A River
I Wanna Know
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Cat: AOS 928. Rel: 19 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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998
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998 (12")
Cat: FXHEMINID. Rel: 26 Mar 12
Deep House
  1. Income Tax Refund Dance
  2. The White Castle Song
  3. Untitled (feat Patrik Sjeren)
  4. 3c 273
Review: FXHE maintain their monthly heat emission for 2012, with label boss Omar S displaying all aspects of his production prowess (as well as skill for a humorous track titles) across four productions - one of which features the button bashing assistance of one Patrik Sjeren. There's something icily brilliant about the restrained "Income Tax Refund Dance" melding a dark piano riff with snapping 808 kicks and rippling lo fi rhythms which only further justifies the title of Omar S's killer 2011 LP. It's complemented by the far rowdier box jam "The White Castle Song" which jackhammers a simple yet highly flammable key riff over low rent percussion for FXHE's most potent ode to the perfect warehouse moment since the all conquering "Here's Your Trance..." Given the lack of additional info, we presume the Patrik Sjeren that produces the B Side "Untitled" track is the same Patrik Sjeren that released in the mid 90s under a multiplicity of aliases, and his contribution is every bit as incendiary as the track preceding it, whilst "3c 273" sees Omar S slip into pensive utopian electro mode with aplomb.
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Oasis Collaborating
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Cat: FXHE 2200. Rel: 19 Dec 05
Deep House
  1. Oasis Fifteen
  2. Oasis Twenty Two
  3. Oasis Nineteen
  4. Oasis Seventeen
  5. Oasis Fourteen (unreleased version)
  6. Oasis Twenty Five
  7. Oasis Twenty One
  8. Oasis Twenty Three
Played by: Sameed
Oasis - Collaborating
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Cat: OAS 1100. Rel: 10 Oct 05
Deep House
  1. Oasis 4
  2. Oasis 5
  3. Oasis 11
  4. Oasis 9
  5. Oasis 1s-1/2
  6. Oasis 7
  7. Oasis 1 (live mix)
1
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OMAR S/VARIOUS
1 (mixed CD)
Cat: AOS (2004). Rel: 10 Feb 14
Deep House
  1. Omar-S - "Motion"
  2. Omar-S - "The White Castle Song"
  3. Omar-S & Shadow Ray - "Oasis#13"
  4. Omar-S - "Missin You"
  5. Omar-S - "Who Wrote The Rules Of Love" (Shadow Ray remix)
  6. Omar-S & Kai Alce - "Jivetime"
  7. Omar-S - "SEX"
  8. Gunnar Wendel - "578" (Omar-S remix)
  9. Omar-S & O B Ignitt - "Wayne County Hill Cops Part2" (Omar-S mix)
  10. Omar-S - "Heres Your Trance Now Dance"
  11. Omar-S - "Sarah"
  12. Jason Fine - "Jack Yo Bodda"
  13. Luke Hess - "Break Through"
  14. O B Ignitt - "Oh Jabba"
  15. Fit - "Enter The Fog" (feat Gunnar Wendal)
  16. DJ Blend - "Eclat"
Review: It's been ten years since outspoken Detroit house legend Omar-S launched his FXHE label, which is no mean feat for a DIY label. To celebrate the fact, he's decided to put together the first in a series of mix CDs highlight the much-loved imprints vast discography. Entitled simply 1, the 74 minute vinyl only set takes an entertaining saunter through the label's bulging back catalogue, showcasing a range of well-known cuts ("Here's Your Trance, Now Dance" etc) and what the producer calls "some shit [fans] might have slept on". Predictably, it makes for a sumptuous and suitably groovy blend, moving between bespoke soulful house (Omar-S's much-loved "Sex"), deep Detroit futurism (Omar-S and O B Ignitt's "Wayne County Hill Cops Part 2"), dreamy jack tracks (Jason Fine's "Jack Yo Bodda") and tactile tech-house (Fit and Gunnar Wendel's "Enter the Fog").
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M Pittman EP
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Cat: M PITTMAN. Rel: 31 Oct 05
Deep House
  1. Nyrobi Knight
  2. Cherry Lee (Down Syndrome mix)
  3. Dirty
  4. Cherry Lee (reprise mix)
# 2
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# 2 (12")
Cat: MPITTMAN 2. Rel: 20 Feb 06
Deep House
  1. Obsession (Datsallivdatsalliv~'^**!!)
  2. Skylark (Late Morning mix Foool!!)
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