Monday, September 21, 2009

2005 : 15 "Just Ask the Lonely" by Omar-S

The sound of tomorrow is almost 30 years old.

Considering its future-minded name, techno has a deep and ironic obsession with vintage drum machines and synths. Techno artists have embraced every recent development in music technology, but Roland's TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines, both introduced in the early 80's, are still widely considered the real thing, irreplaceable by even the best software emulations.

Omar-S is a traditionalist, a classic Detroit techno artist. Listening to his records, it's as if the past 20 years of increasing BPMs, club lifestyle and sub-genre balkanization hadn't happened. To me, "Just Ask the Lonely" is a short-circuit to what techno originally was before it was a soundtrack to drug use / teen vampire movies / import car commercials: Detroit soul music made with machines and free of Motown's shadow.

Neil Jendon

Listen: Omar-S >> "Just Ask The Lonely"

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