Omar S ‘You Want’ LP

Omar S’s new LP might just be the best electronic album of the year, in February (how’s that for annoying journalistic hyperbole). Let’s get that out of the way. It swerves on an empty Detroit superhighway between dance tropes with a gas face ghetto steeliness that just can’t be faked. Like the Ron Hardy reel edit of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ it pops and and hisses, a ghostly memory of half remembered nights spent on dance floors of long forgotten clubs. Yet somehow it feels crazy NOW. A totally joyous middle finger to the black tee’d toys playing pseudo Moulton edits and over 909’ed remixes of already average records.

I’m not going to give you a blow by blow highlight summary of this FXHE release… Pretty much every tune is a raw, effortlessly propulsive leviathan. Make sure you check out the video to ‘Second Life’ above… It artfully yet unpretentiously sums up the flavour of this, Alex ‘Omar’ Smith’s greatest work to date.

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