Omid 16B // Melodica [Alola]
Omid Nourizadeh, or Omid 16B as he is better known, has always been a genre hopper when it comes to his productions, and this latest release on one of his own labels is at the tamer end of the scale – indeed you would imagine that any one of the three tracks on this may well be picked up for use on some summer ‘chill out’ type compilations (if such things still exist – though I sincerely hope that they don’t).
The Original Dub of Melodica is first off here and has a very Latin feel with its rhythms and Spanish guitar melodies alongside a pleasant, deep house bassline – some electric guitar is also added later on, but by and large what you hear within the first minute is what you get for the entire running time. Use of the word ‘nice’ is all about context, and nice is what this is – to some it will be classy, credible music to relax to, but it will be cheesy (especially with the introduction of the electric guitar) elevator music to others. I am somewhere in between, I can appreciate the musicianship and production here, but the track doesn’t move me in any way whatsoever.
Omid’s Jungle Fever mix is not a ferocious drum and bass take on the original, more of an alternate take really – albeit a slightly moodier and more reflective one, with the addition of some extra pads and synth patterns adding a bit more drama. Omid’s Beatless mix, as you would expect from the title, is stripped down electronica, and brings nothing that hasn’t been heard before in the previous two incarnations.
Overall, three perfectly nice pieces of music – though it’s hard to imagine anyone sitting through all of them back to back, so few are the differences between the tracks. You’ll know from the description if this is for you though, and if it is, and you play it in some hot sun with a nice cold drink, I’m sure it will hit the spot.
Release Date: Out Now
Words: Stevie Reid