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Om Unit - Self

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Since Jim Coles took on the mantle of Om Unit, the English producer has sought to challenge himself and his audience by going beyond the confines of genres and styles he has so far explored. In the process he has found success by striving for more feeling, for a more human and daring electronic music. This journey continues with Self , Coles third album as Om Unit and a true follow-up to his 2013 debut Threads .

Self captures Coles in a period of growth, change, and experimentation. Inspired by personal psychological and emotional healing work, and a vision of the self as an egg which Coles later on discovered is a Jungian archetype the album blends dubwise, bass-heavy music with the space of experimental ambient compositions and the daring imagination of a cold wave science fiction soundtrack.

The first Om Unit album on Coles own Cosmic Bridge label, Self offers new forms amid familiar touches. Stripping away what people might expect, Coles deconstructed and reimagined his work so far as a challenge to himself and, in turn, to his fans.

The album opens with Cold Love and Passages , two minimalist tracks that deconstruct the tropes Om Unit has become best known for and teases the listener with games of tension and release. This approach is revisited later with Unmasked , what Coles describes as a power diagram of dancefloor ideas, and Field of Dreams , which began as an imagined dream about hardcore and ends up like a rave track heard inside someone else s head, a mediation on the roots of a sound that has been central to Coles career so far.

Some choice vocal collaborations help anchor Self beyond the abstractions of instrumental music. Bristol s Rider Shafique lends his rugged voice to an inner monologue on Nothing . As the track s rhythm unfolds at a seemingly glacial pace, Rider invites the listeners to embrace suffering and see how in order to grow, we need the sunshine just as much as we need the rain. Manchester s DRS, whom Coles calls one of the realest lyricists in drum & bass, takes an equally empowering approach on Make Believe over a beat that skews structural expectations. The last, but by no means least, vocal contributor is Amos, aka Amina Osmano of A/T/O/S, who lends her soulful tones to What I Can Be , an uplifting song that leads listeners into the light.

Fans of Om Unit s more dancefloor-minded output are not forgotten. There s the epic Out of the Shadows , inspired by the importance of releasing trauma from our bodies, it's meld of soaring strings and gentle breakbeats bringing to mind classic era Metalheadz or early Massive Attack; the hopeful dance music of Twilight with its inviting flute sample and punchy rhythms; the dubstep meets jungle of Despite It All ; and the romantic yet melancholy footwork of Cloudwerk . The album ends with Tahatan , the Sioux word for hawk and via its rhythmic lurch, bird samples, and layering an invocation of key steps in Om Unit s journey to date.

As Coles admits Self is not an obvious album, but then again he has never been an obvious producer. Over the years that has meant exploring the potentials of hip-hop beats, the space of slow-motion house music, or the frenzy of footwork patterns and coming out the other side with personal takes fashioned from experience, experimentation, and excitement. With Self , Coles is once again putting Om Unit forward as a connector between musical ideas, studio techniques, and potential emotional outcomes rather than a purveyor. The album hides its beauty behind stylistic flexibility, inviting listeners to hear and feel the experiences and memories that make up who we are.

Previous Press:
An ongoing exploration of the rhythms and tempos that underpin our dance floor experiences RA
Music that sits in the spot where footwork, jungle and drum n bass collide Mixmag
One of our absolutely favourite on-the-up producers FACT Magazine
A distinguished beatmaker and sound sculptor Crack Magazine
Kinetic headphone music Pitchfork
One of the front-runners of the current electronic music circuit RBMA
Nocturnal soundtracks to disquieting inner movies The Wire
So varied and illustrative that it s tempting to use the old clich , if you only buy one dance album this year Tiny Mix Tapes

Release Info

  • Catalog:
  • CBRLP001
  • Label:
  • Cosmic Bridge
  • Format:
  • 2x12"
  • Title:
  • Self
  • Artist:
  • Om Unit
  • Style:
  • Drum n Bass
  • Country:
  • United Kingdom
  • Released:
  • 27th of October 2017

Tracks

pos artists title
A1   Cold Love
A2   Passages
A3   Out of the Shadows
B1 Om Unit feat. Rider Shafique Nothing
B2   Unmasked
B3 Om Unit feat. DRS Make Believe
C1   Twilight
C2   Fieldofdreams
C3   Despite It All
D1   Cloudwerk
D2 Om Unit feat. Amos What I Can Be
D3   Tahatan
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