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Take Me Dancing (remastered)
Cat: FXHE TMD. Rel: 27 Jun 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. Cossack Boogie (3:30)
  2. This Is No Horse (4:31)
  3. Get Me To The Disco (3:19)
  4. Charlie Is My Darling (3:38)
  5. Take Me Dancing (5:24)
  6. Charter Flight (3:30)
  7. Day Tripper (2:45)
  8. Classical Salsa (3:31)
  9. Swingtown (4:37)
Review: Omar S presents this remastered reissue of the 1979 album by this Singaporean disco band led by Ardo Guerzo and Jeremiah Star on his revered FXHE imprint. The name of the band is an acronym of their first names respectively. They mixed disco and salsa in their hit "Classical Salsa". They covered the Ohio Players' classic hit "Sweet Sticky Thing" and they named their 1976 released album after it. Star was also in the short lived Funkgus outfit which is worth checking out, if you can find it! A true diggers delight for those that knew it seems, but now brought to a wider audience, thankfully. Originally on Baal, a UK label founded in the mid '70s by Jay Shotam of October Cherries. The original Baal label was founded in Singapore by his band in the late '60s until it became defunct in 1980.
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FORTHCOMING
Detroit Rock EP
DECLINER featuring OMAR S
Cat: FXHE DECL. Rel: 30 Apr 21
Punk/Hardcore
  1. Burn
  2. Know
  3. Prepare
  4. Remeber (reprise)
  5. Remeber
Review: Decliner debut on FXHE with the Detroit Rock EP produced and mixed by Omar S!
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Fuck Resident Advisor T-shirt (extra extra large)
Fuck Resident Advisor T-shirt (extra extra large) (t-shirt (extra extra large size))
Cat: 778425 Rel: 11 Jun 20
 
t-shirt
Notes: Fuck Resident Advisor T-shirt (extra extra large)
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Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (large)
Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (large) (t-shirt (large size)) (1 per customer)
Cat: 778421 Rel: 11 Jun 20
 
t-shirt
Notes: Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (Large)
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Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (medium)
Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (medium) (t-shirt (medium size)) (1 per customer)
Cat: 778420 Rel: 11 Jun 20
 
t-shirt
Notes: Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (Medium)
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Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (small)
Cat: 778419 Rel: 11 Jun 20
 
t-shirt
Notes: Fuck Resident Advisor T-Shirt (Small)
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Plastik Ambash
Plastik Ambash (1-sided 12")
Cat: KHFXHE 1. Rel: 26 Oct 07
Deep House
  1. Plastik Ambash
Played by: Mark E, Marcel Vogel
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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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John FM EP
John FM EP (12")
Cat: JFM# 2. Rel: 13 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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Played by: A-Future
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Where My Roots Lie
Cat: FXHE JFM. Rel: 07 Apr 15
Deep House
  1. Where My Roots Lie (New Detroit Anthem) (9:57)
  2. White Churches Be Like (6:11)
  3. Solace (4:10)
Review: Omar S' FXHE stable has become synonymous with trend-setting house and techno over the last ten years. Moreover, each time Alex O Smith brings about a new name to the FXHE dynasty it's always exciting news - last time around OB Ignitt was introduced to us in fine style through his Star Wars-themed brand of raw-schooled house. John FM's "Where My Roots Lie" is similarly spacey and freaked out, synth-heavy and filled to the brim with intricate Roland percussion. On the B-side, "White Churches Be Like" is the ticket, where a broken beat arrangement is diced and shredded by ice-cold snares; but "Solace" is the unexpected track on here, a slow and funked-out r&b monster in true FXHE style. Another solid missile.
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A White Bear's Heaven Is A Black Bear's Hell!
Cat: FXHEBK 1. Rel: 26 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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FORTHCOMING
#1 (repress)
#1 (repress) (1-sided 12")
Cat: OAS 1.
Techno
  1. Oasis #1
Review: Overdue repress of this 2004 classic from Omar S and Shadow Ray under their Oasis alias.
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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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Mysterious
Mysterious (12")
Cat: FXHE OSW. Rel: 19 Nov 13
Deep House
  1. Mysterious
  2. Celestial Salacious
  3. Chocolate City
Review: FXHE return with the master of the mysterious OB Ignitt! Arriving roughly a year on from the last slab of Ignitt goodness, Mysterious finds OB on imperious form, once more showing off his penchant for excellent track titles and singular slant on bumping Detroit business. The title track is a veritable epic of unquantifiable emotive stakes, emerging from a heat treated fog and easing into a subtle yet beguiling rhythmic framework which coaxes you into a spell that grows stronger as the track charges electrically forth. Face down, "Celestial Salacious" has that same rough edged bass line growl to it, but the skipping percussion and building layers of instrumentation give the track real energy, whilst you can almost feel the funk dripping off final track "Chocolate City" which sounds like DJ Nature hocked up on MDMA.
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Oh Jabba
Oh Jabba (12")
Cat: FXHE IGNIT. Rel: 11 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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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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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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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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Psychotic Photosynthesis
Cat: AOS 432D/Z. Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Deep House
  1. Psychotic Photosynthesis
  2. Psychotic Photosynthesis (no drum mix)
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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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111
111 (2xLP)
Cat: FXHE 111L/AOS 111. Rel: 04 Nov 06
Deep House
  1. The Maker
  2. Motorcity Jackpot
  3. Blade Runner
  4. Quadriplegic Companion
  5. C J A I PUR
  6. Foe Show
Review: Six brand new shakers from Omar S...This is the sh*t! Never confined to one particular genre, Omar is again blending house, techno and even minimal styles into one big pot of deep Detroit underground funk. There's even some Basic Channel / Deep Chord vibes going on there somewhere. Simply killer.
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Nelson County
Cat: AOS 123. Rel: 24 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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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
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Track #8
Track #8 (12")
Cat: AOS 005. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Deep House
  1. Track #8 (7:44)
  2. Track #8 (9:58)
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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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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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FXHE 10 Year Compilation Mix 2
Cat: AOS 2004. Rel: 02 Jun 14
Deep House
  1. Unitarian
  2. Churchill
  3. You Heard What The Man Said Muthafukka
  4. Strider's World
  5. Track #8
  6. Flying Blind
  7. Techy Alexander
  8. Columns
  9. Three Blinds Rats
  10. Force Fed the Meds
  11. Mayall LL
  12. It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It
  13. Got The Drop On Dem
  14. Untitled
  15. Gunup Runup
  16. Over You Too
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith has always come across as fairly militant in terms of his musical output, so it's still a surprise that he's chosen to celebrate the first decade of his FXHE label by putting out a series of mixes. This second installment expands on the first - released earlier this year - mixing familiar staples and scene anthems (Smith's own "It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It") with lesser known gems. Musically, it's impressively raw, with Smith moving through a range of tough, stripped-back techno grooves and dystopian acid house gems before reaching for more melodious cuts such as the shimmering "Flying Blind" and melancholic "Three Blind Rats".
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Played by: Laura Jones
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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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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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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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Fuck Resident Advisor
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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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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004
004 (12")
Cat: AOS 004. Rel: 14 Oct 04
Deep House
  1. Day (mix 1)
  2. Day (mix 2)
  3. Night
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Record Packer Part 2 (Soundtrack)
Cat: AOS 2021. Rel: 08 Feb 21
Deep House
  1. Storm (4:24)
  2. No One Can Stop Me (5:04)
  3. Trac 45 (4:20)
  4. Mystery Man (5:18)
Review: This is the second edition of a four part series by Detroit icon Omar S called Record Packer - a new video game score as part of his pop-up exhibition in the Motor City, in collaboration with Red Bull Arts. On the A side, we have the dusty dub techno explorations of 'Storm', followed by the raw percussive funk of 'No One Can Stop Me'. On the flip, enjoy the deep and mesmerizing groove of 'Trac 45' followed by a lovely late night boogie-down vibe on 'Mystery Man'. Originally conceived as a physical exhibition, Omar S: Conant Gardens Party Store now lives online as an interactive web environment.
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You Want (Red Cover Version)
You Want (Red Cover Version) (4xLP in spot-varnished sleeve)
Cat: AOS 9900R. Rel: 01 Jan 90
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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