Omega One

    The Lo-Fi Chronicles

    6
    Nature Sounds - October 18, 2005

    Up
    until now, all most of us know about Omega One’s production is what
    we’ve heard on a few songs from three Aesop Rock records, some random
    joints for underground cats such as Vast Aire and Chase Phoenix, and a
    few mixtapes. All of the production he’s been credited with has been
    remarkable, the tracks’ sounds frequently breaking away from that of
    the albums they appeared on, adding a new and talented voice to the
    mix. His first proper full-length, The Lo-Fi Chronicles, is a producer’s record: Cameos are kept to a minimum, and the focus is on samples, scratches and sequencing.

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    And
    the samples are great, the scratches clean, and the sequencing solid.
    But sometimes the execution is messy. “Body Double,” the first song
    after the intro, starts with a spoken vocal sample that leads to a nice
    bass sequence and the roll-heavy drum loop finally tumbling in. The
    loop is nice, but Omega left a bit of silence at its end, and that
    fraction of a second is awkward.
    He may have done it on purpose, but I doubt it.

     

    Standout
    tracks here include “Off the Horizon,” which smoothly juggles a rolling
    organ sample and a few odd flute samples; and “The Hashishin’,” which
    collects samples from various eras and regions and plays like an
    action-sequence soundtrack in a movie where Roger Moore is trying to
    reclaim his 007 title from Sean Connery. The bass work, which is often
    a producer’s downfall, is consistently great.

     

     “I
    Want It All” features I Self Devine on the vocals. The first chorus
    gives a pretty clear picture of the song’s focus: “I want it all, the
    money to fulfill my dreams/ I want it all, my own land so I can build
    and scheme/ I want it all, a truck-load full of endo-weed/ Is what I
    need, shall I proceed?” It’s your standard underground, Muslim, white
    friendly, black power, pacifist, gangster thing we should be used to by
    now. (Don’t take this the wrong way. I trust any rapper who gets the
    money, then gets the land, then gets the weed. Too many of our hip-hop
    heroes would get the money, then get the weed and then realize too late
    that they have no land on which to store it or enjoy it.) This track,
    and “Coup D’Etat,” which features LoDeck and is the only other track
    with vocals, would probably fit better on each of those emcees’
    respective albums.

     

    Despite
    the fact that there are some incredible productions showcased here,
    there’s little consistency from one to the next, and The Lo-Fi Chronicles is
    really just a glorified beat demo. The interludes are begging to be
    complete songs, and the songs need room to breathe. With tip-top
    technique and sub-par delivery, The Lo-Fi Chronicles would have been great as a mixtape.

     


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