Torchlight Vol. 2 on Cosmic Bridge compiles three tracks of Om Unit’s high BPM soundsystem music. This is deep, exploratory electronic music that incorporates elements from dubstep, jungle, footwork and everything in between. But this synthesis of breakbeats, synth experimentation and unusual sampling never feels anything but completely natural.
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- Torchlight Vol.2 by Om Unit
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 23 March 2016
First up on the 12” pile is dance music nomad Om Unit, who has taken a break from making his 10” edits after being appalled at how much they go for on discogs after their inevitable selling out. I’m sure he’s actually quite flattered to receive such praise, and knowing that all he has to do is slice up some classix to do so. What a life.
As I say, he also does productions that are purely his own making, productions that lie near the Bristol midpoint between dubstep, jungle/breaks and some sort of garagey footwork vibe. They’re out in full force here, the kick and snare patterns making you think it’s some chill halftime DnB, yet the rolling hats and percs as well as the dank subby rumble convince you that it’s actually serious sound system business, and that you should stop trying to analyse the shit out of it and just get your head down and skank. You’ve got some detroit-style synth chordage on A2 which is a nice treat, and some totally clean percussion throughout.
The elements on the B side sound a bit like they have been ripped from a BBC nature documentary, but it’s actually a very nice chillout track despite this until some chopped LTJ Bukem amen breaks finish the 12” off.
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