Omid 16b // The Night / Electronics [Bedrock]
Omid Nourizadeh is one of those artists who seems to have existed on the fringes of the scene for just about forever. I still remember my vinyl hunting foray to Southend, armed with the sole purpose of picking up seminal deep house cut Secrets. This was way before a collaboration with Deep Dish led to a dark explosion onto the burgeoning progressive scene of the early 2000′s. Often you get these moments where you check in on a past favourite, long overlooked, to find yourself disappointed; the magic is gone, the sparkle is extinguished.
This is not that day.
The sixteen bar master has come up with two tracks of sheer wide eyed pleasure. Working to his own template, his own sounds, Omid has no place for the beats-build-break-ecstasy-beats-FINISHED template that guides the unadventurous. Both tracks have a rawness of production to them which is utterly refreshing, almost as if they were quickly carved out in a day of inspiration, something that you need in a climate of over production and honey glazed smoothness.
Electronics starts with a chipper melodic bassline skipping over high end percussion, it refuses to play ball by withholding the kicks until it is god damn good and ready. Fine, you might say, but you’re not expecting the warehouse rave pipe bass that announces itself halfway through are you? Dark, raw and serious. Eventually the two conflicting emotions of chipper and serious are brought together in a showdown, with the darkness winning through with the final say. Darkness always wins.
The Night is immediately more firing and is certainly more metallic in nature. A constant acidic loop is excited by wind rushes, bass cuts, layers of almost classic Todd Terry-esque percussion building and fading from view. This is where your standard track would dust its hands with a “job done” sense of satisfaction. Not here. An absolutely killer break, punctuated by a solitary dark, one finger bass synth, just commands everything to drop. This just precedes a classic yet classy snare fill (and how long has it been since you’ve heard one of those used so well?) before we are set back on the path to continue the march. Totally killer.
Release Date: Out Now