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001 (12")
Cat: AOS 2475. Rel: 01 Jan 90
Deep House
  1. Poor Food
  2. Bitch
  3. Motion
  4. 200001
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002 (reissue with bonus track) (repress) (limited brown marbled vinyl 12")
Cat: AOS 002BROWM. Rel: 17 Aug 15
Deep House
  1. Track 1 (1:16)
  2. Track 2 (6:25)
  3. Track 3 (4:03)
  4. Track 4 (6:44)
  5. Track 5 (5:26)
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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Played by: Agnostic Rhythm
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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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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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005 (2xLP)
Cat: AOS 5500LP. Rel: 05 May 05
Deep House
  1. Jit
  2. I Love U Alex
  3. Strider's World
  4. Just Ask The Lonely
  5. Congaless
  6. A Victim
 in stock $22.14
OMAR S/VARIOUS
1 (mixed CD)
Cat: AOS (2004). Rel: 03 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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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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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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998 (12")
Cat: FXHEMINID. Rel: 23 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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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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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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Confess To U (12" (some copies are 1-sided double-groove copies that play backwards))
Cat: FXHE CGP. Rel: 09 May 17
Deep House
  1. Confess To U (vocal) (5:47)
  2. Confess To U (The Three Stooges Of Hamtramck mix) (5:30)
Review: Alex "Omar" Smith has something he wants to get off his chest. The much-lauded Detroit producer has teamed up with re-born Italians Do It Better sorts Nite Jewel for "Confess To You", which comes in two distinctive variations. The A-side "Mix" revolves around a tactile, boogie-era synth bassline, late night AM radio synthesizer chords, drifting sax solos and a crunchy, deep house-influenced rhythm track. Arguably even better is the flipside vocal version, which naturally sees Smith, Romana Gonzalez and company deliver a near perfect chunk of '80s soul/deep house fusion. It sounds like a softly spun summer anthem in waiting. Don't take our word for it, though; check out the clips and revel in the track's breezy brilliance.
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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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Cat: 1000. Rel: 03 Jun 11
Deep House
  1. Intro
  2. State Of Emergency
  3. Maybe 1 Day (feat Tony Coates)
  4. Child's Play (Lil Strick mix)
  5. Fear No Fear (feat Don Q)
  6. A Soldier's Story
  7. War Dance
  8. Under Tone
  9. Bar Room Brawl
  10. What Up Doe (Omar S remix)
  11. Yllabian Dogfight
  12. 100% Hustler
  13. Buckle Up
  14. Final Hour
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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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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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Cat: FXHE 3000. Rel: 10 Feb 12
Deep House
  1. Got The Drop On Dem
  2. Gunup Runup
  3. My Naffew Randy
  4. Unitarian
  5. Who's In Key
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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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I'll Do It Again! (coloured vinyl 12")
Cat: FXHE S&O. Rel: 19 Oct 18
Deep House
  1. I'll Do It Again! (5:07)
  2. The Freaky Type (5:38)
Review: Omar-S introduces Detroit's newest diva on the scene, Simon Black with an X-Rated 12" for the real freaky types. In line with some of the definitive vogue house tracks of the past, "I'll Do It Again" will become future ballroom staple. On the flipside, "Freaky Type" Black slows it down and steams it up with some nasty vox over a beat produced by FIT Siegel. High kicks and hand snaps all around!
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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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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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Cat: AOS 6000. Rel: 08 Oct 11
Deep House
  1. I Come Over
  2. Ganymede
  3. It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It
  4. Bobien Larkin
  5. Nite's Over Compton
  6. Look Hear Watch
  7. Over You Too
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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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Cat: OAS 1100. Rel: 05 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)
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Cat: OAS (1000). Rel: 08 Dec 11
Deep House
  1. Oasis Three
  2. Oasis Two
  3. Oasis One
  4. Oasis Four
  5. Oasis Five
  6. Oasis Six
  7. Oasis Seven
  8. Oasis Eight
  9. Oasis Nine
  10. Oasis Ten
  11. Oasis Eleven
  12. Oasis Twelve (Short Circuit)
  13. Oasis Thirteen (2011 mix)
  14. Oasis Thirteen (1/2 Fabrik mix)
  15. Oasis Fourteen (2011 Loud mix)
Review: Before Omar-S became a global cult hero amongst the underground house and techno community, there was Oasis - a collaborative project with fellow Detroit producer Shadow Ray that spawned two full-length albums of deep, stripped-back Motor City grooves. This timely reissue offers an expanded version of their 2004 debut set, Oasis Collaborating. Given that it was Alex "Omar" Smith's first attempt at an album it's pretty impressive, offering a hypnotic, otherworldly mix of cuts that icily flits between stone-cold drum tracks, droning ambience, mildly aloof club workouts and glistening, space age techno. This edition also includes three previously unreleased cuts, including two 2011 remakes that bring the originals bang up to date.
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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
 in stock $14.03
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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Cat: AOS 432D/Z. Rel: 01 Jan 90
 
Deep House
  1. Psychotic Photosynthesis
  2. Psychotic Photosynthesis (no drum mix)
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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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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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  1. Big Strick - "Family Affair" (feat Omar S)
  2. Genereation Next - "Windsor Nights"
  3. Reckless Ron Cook - "Night Moves"
  4. Big Strick - "Armed & Dangerous"
Review: Leonard "Big Strick" Strickland is perhaps best known for his family ties with Omar-S (they're cousins), though his productions are well worthy of praise in their own right. Here, he offers up a sampler 12" featuring cuts from his recent (and excellent) Reservoir Dogs LP. Perhaps the most noteworthy cut is "Family Affair", a lovingly constructed chunk of hypnotic, melodic deepness written with Omar-S. That said, Strick's solo effort "Armed & Dangerous" - a winding chunk of voodoo techno - is arguably better. The mazy techno-funk of Reckless Ron Cook's "Night Moves" is also outstanding.
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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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Cat: FXHE PUS. Rel: 04 May 12
Deep House
  1. SEX (CGP (Conant Gardens Posse) remix)
  2. SEX (Dick Tease remix)
  3. SEX (AOL remix)
  4. SEX (Mack & Bewick remix)
Review: SEX (remixes) makes for another triumphant 12" from the uber prolific FXHE stable and further smears the edges of expectation when it comes to the singular Omar S. Once again utilising the silky vocal delivery of singer L Renee, the four tracks here take divergent stylistic routes but each is magnificent. Keen listeners of Benji B's Radio 1 show will have heard the Conant Garden Posse version on a recent Big Strick guest mix, a devilishly dirty riposte to the Ghetto House aesthetic which has L Renee's vocals gliding over a snapping, raw house beat. Alongside this are two variants done in collaboration between Omar S and Aaron Fit Siegel which sound like they've been particularly inspired by soundtrack to Drive. Check the final Mack & Bewick remix for some detuned analogue nightmare set to a rippling electro beat.
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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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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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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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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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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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FORTHCOMING
Sidetrakx Volume #6
Cat: AOS 610.
Dancehall/Ragga
  1. Love Me Like Cooked Food (feat Nardo Ranks)
  2. Secrets (feat John FM)
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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Played by: Andrea passenger
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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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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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