Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Sounds of Om House Collection 1
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Om Records is best known for putting out compilations (1996's Mushroom Jazz and 1997's Deep Concentration are two of their best), but the San Francisco indie also maintains its own artists--such as Naked Music NYC and Terr... more »
Om Records is best known for putting out compilations (1996's Mushroom Jazz and 1997's Deep Concentration are two of their best), but the San Francisco indie also maintains its own artists--such as Naked Music NYC and Terra Deva. These two acts perform the best three tracks on this collection, and they come in the opening three slots on the disc. A Terra Deva track sandwiched between two Naked Music NYC tracks is a crash course in Om Records house A&R--only sexy and deep sounds need apply. Jay Denes of Naked Music NYC is known for making beautiful, jazz-inspired house (using flute, African rhythms, and warm bass), and the three tracks he remixes here are reason enough to buy this collection. After such a deep-house intro, the mood changes to a more tech-house feel about a third of the way through. Remixes by Derrick Carter, Chris Simmonds, and Joshua pitch the collection up while changing the mood to rougher and bouncier--imagine house heads clashing with punks in a mosh pit. That's the sort of scene that comes to mind on "Simmonds Dub," an otherwise nameless track remixed by Simmonds that's hooked on a dark, gritty bass-drum thump. Other key tracks include Carter's "Red Nail Club Mix" and Hernan Santiago's "Hernan's Dub Revolution." The 15 tracks are a continuous mix by Om's DJ Fluid but are labeled only by their remix name. This could make shopping for the original tracks potentially difficult yet not entirely impossible--all these tracks were previously released on Om in one version or another. --L.V.R. Odiaga
Not that smooth.
O. J. | Suomi, Finland | 03/17/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this cd on after listening the samples above, wich I think was a mistake. Yes, the 3 first tracks are great, but the rest of the cd is quite boring with tracks that dont get my feet tapping. Not the Om-quality I expected."
A pleasing (but not great) collection of consistent house
Richard Diaz | 05/20/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was a very nice surprise, considering I bought it purely off the recognition of the OM label. Well the label doesn't disappoint, compiling 15 tracks of cool California house in a continuos mix by DJ Fluid.Probably the best way to describe this set is consistency; while there are only a few tracks that grab attention as obvious hits, the only song you are likely to skip is the second to last one. And who likes skipping tracks? The first few tracks set the tempo, with a pleasant groove, scratchy beats, occasional vocals, even a flute (or is it a sax?) The first song to break out is "Dubtronic Mix" by Joshua, which is simply great; fading and reverbed vocals (and other voices) popping in and out, and a variety of other sounds sneaking in here and there. Joshua does it again a few minutes later with "Joshua's Mo Musique Mix," a modern slice of 70's disco complete with diva vocals that work. You'll go through a few respectable filler tracks in the middle, but with every title here at four minutes or less you won't mind. The last third of the album increases the pace, and adds a bit of sass (courtesy of the singing on three straight songs) and ending nicely with DJ Migs' tune. Now the 14th track is skippable,-the flute playing just doesn't work and the final song is "eh", but by then you've gotten your money's worth.Get this if you want a solid hour of good house music, and don't mind choosing pleasantness over greatness."
Great tunes, shame about the DJ
Jonathan Parker | 01/22/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have stacks of OM cd's and was looking forward to hearing some material that I may have missed on this label. And to that extent I was not disappointed, but that said the mixing on this album is absolutely appauling, DJ Fluid hang your head in shame. He obviously doesn't understand the music he's working with, trying to fit square pegs into round holes, some of the clashing of records is frankly embarrasing !, nothing short of bedroom mixing. But if you can ignore the mix, some of the tracks are the usual sublime OM material, still worth a listen."