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1 - FXHE 10 Year Mix CD

    FXHE going for the professional look on this killer mix CD celebrating a decade of operations. Stone-cold classics like "Oasis#13" and the Omar S remix of Gunnar Wendal's "578" rub up against recent hits such as O.B Ignitt's "Oh Jabba", "SEX" and "Wayne County Hill Cops Pt.2". Vital!

    Norm Talley


      Detroit producer Norm Talley shares his debut album, “Norm-A-Lise” out October 9th on FXHE Records. From a prolific dance floor career comes this debut full length album.

      Featuring 14 original tracks with influences of disco, house, and beyond taking his signature infectious style deeper. The album includes a track written by FXHE label boss Omar S aka Alex Smith featuring L ‘Renee.

      More about Norm Talley :
      Having started his career when disco was king, Talley’s real life influences over his 25+ year career have included the originations of house through various iterations. His reference points as one of the original members of the West 6 Mile Detroit crew and his dedication to his Analog only studio position him as one of the more dynamic Detroit artists who’s finally taking the time to release a complete project for his long awaiting fans. 

      Alex Smith - back on top form here with two absolutely killer tracks. Remember!: it can be done, but only he can do it! "Your Socially Awkward Criminal" is CLASSIC AOS material, emotive AF with a sizzling perc section and beautiful keyboard lines. Undeniably from the FXHE with its raw, hardware-powered sound but riddled with emotion, churning out at full volume of all the best pinball arcades across the east side. "Games That We Play" features vocalist Diviniti and is powerful, soul crushing beatdown soul; again resplendent in Omar S-patented goodness. The Detroit producer has done it again, reminding us just how effortlessly he creates magic sometimes. Highly limited and most recommended, do not sleep!

      Our favourite Detroiter is back once again with Nite Jewel for another smasher! Following on in the same vein as "Sky Train" from last year's "Side Trax #5" we get another gloriously sunny offering, resplendent with pop sensibilities, a strong song structure and a stunning vocal performance by the Los Angeles star. Two mixes, one beefy than t'other but both rich with Omar S-patented hardware working overtime in the background & NJ's vocal sexy and scintillating in the foreground. Another sterling addition to FXHE's impeccable catalogue and another reason to love Omar S. We Heart Alex Smith!


      Ltd 12" Info: Double groove release. Tracks play from the inside out.

      Omar S

      Thankyou For Letting Me Be Myself (Part 2)

        Part 2 of this seminal new Omar S album. Kicks off with the title track, "Thankyou For Letting Me Be Myself" - more analogue synth action coupled with Omar's trademark beats. Like Levon Vincent, Vakula and obviously veterans like Moodymann and Carl Craig, you instantly recognize Omar's productions, even when they're working in such tried-and-tested formulas such as these. "Ready My Black Asz" sees the album's first proper acid trak. Dark, menacing and of course NAG-NAG-NAGGING! Just the way acid should be. The unusually titled "Messier Sixty Eight" features wonderkid Big Strick and is lovely, warped'n'wavy house music, with an infectious, frenzied hook. "Dumpster Graves" returns to more glistening, celestial, emotive house music for the early hours before "She's Sah Hero Nik" goes on a deeeep, epic, end of night ride. Big long bass sweeps, tantalizing bleeps and a perfect percussion palette make this one that you'll reach for time and time again when you need to unite the dancefloor. "Broken Bammalance Horn" is unadulterated Deetroit darkness. Think 3Chairs at their most intricate, playfully dark self. Just one simple hi-hat click holding together a weaving pattern of mystic lead shards. "Force FED the Meds" is discordant experimentalism, again taking cues from Hieroglyphic Being. Finally, concluding this pretty epic journey - 8 sides of wax baby! - we get the aptly named "It's Money In D", well after the quality of this tune set, I'd hope there is some money in the D! This is beautiful, a side of Omar S we've not really heard that much of. Warm Rhodes, really delicate keys and a melancholic tone. It's dreamy, almost psychedelic; you can still tell it’s him but it’s this final track that's the real money shot for me and one that should keep even the most avid Omar S fan on their toes. Totally recommended.

        Omar S

        Thankyou For Letting Me Be Myself (Part 1)

        Excellent new Omar S album, now available on much requested vinyl edition. Omar's decided to go for maximum fidelity for the vinyl edition which means the whole album is spread across 4 - yes 4 slabs of wax! All remastered especially for vinyl, and with extra tracks not available on the CD (now there's a fortunate reversal from the norm!). Ok, so Part 1 kicks of with "I Just Want" - a nagging, techy, Detroitian number with Luke Hess assisting on production. Varying sequence lengths with maximum repetition through the instrumentation add to the disorientation and excitement / tension as this track unleashes its heavy energy. "Air Of The Day" has fizzing snares and gliding synths and goes on that smooth but electronic deep house tip. "Be Yoself" has gliding drones, a simple, swinging Detroit beat and warm fuzzy bassline to make the perfect warm up track. L'Rena's soulful and sensual vocal forays make an appearance on "Rewind" - a sexy beatdown number that the Detroit cats roll out so well. "The Shit Baby" features keys by Dewitt J and is a really rocking piano-led feel good house track- reminescent of all good piano jams (House Of House, Galaxy 2 Galaxy etc) - definitely one that should see the crowd flock from the bar area of the club to the middle of the dancefloor! "Helter Skelter" flips the script for some Jamal Moss inspired lo-fi mainframe grit. "Amalthea" will be familar to his recent FXHE 12"s - repetitive drum boxes and anthemic keyboard florishes, filled by a velvety bassline, simmering and bubbling right till the end. "Tardigrade's" goes on an experimental, druggy, DJ-tool type tip (think Spastik by Plastikman done in an Omar S style). And so concludes Part 1!

        Amazing new record from Omar S seeing him expand on previously discovered new territories. Boogie, moody and abstract textures the new focus for the FXHE head honcho. From the lush, expansive soundscapes of "XSE" to the downtempo trill of "TFIOMDE" finally, topped off with the stone cold killer boogie-wave of "The Lost Albatross" there's something for everyone here and should continue to please fans of this prolific and ever-changing producer. We heart Omar S!


        Matt says: It's taken an eternity to get here but finally we get this ace new record from Alex Smith.

        Omar S likes to keep things in the family for his pioneering FXHE label. Big Strick is his cousin and this double pack features the dark brooding sounds of Detroit's underbelly that the label has popularized over the course of its catelogue. "Old E 800 (Omar S Mix)" opens proceedings and is a squelchy, acid-tinged 4/4 groover with those clicky, motorik hi-hats that typify FXHE releases. Over the course of the track a driving, searing synth line dramatically changes its course, conjuring up Blade Runner style soundscapes and menacing tones. "100% Hustler" is also mixed by Omar S and is a straight up jacker with rolling hats, catchy bass hook and minor key piano lines - don't even think about leaving the lights on when this drops. "Whatup Doe" harks back to very early Omar S styles; lo-fi, flanging hats, sharp resonating percussion hits and pure Motor City pads gluing everything together. The second plate comes with originals of "Old E" and "100% Hustler" and are less stripped back and brighter in tone than Omar S's head-down, smoky versions. Final track "Click It Or Ticket It Niggic" (strange title I know) tops things off with a driving beat and a cavernous, Berlin-esque sound palette. A bit Newworldaquarium with its submerged production and a bit Maurizo with its straight-up, heavily jacked groove. A solid addition to any FXHE / Sound Signature / KDJ fans record box


        Matt says: First time back in stock since 2010. One of Strick's finest moments to date and with Omar S in full support - you know what to do!

        The boy racer from the D returns with three typically raw and jacking cuts referencing some of the older FXHE material, hitting the hardware hard and rolling out some celestial jams. "Don't Let Dis Be Hapnin" kicks off with red hot drum boxes and big, sweeping atmospheres. Perfect for warming up that spacious aircraft hanger or bringing people slowly back down to Earth after a relentless session. The A-side has a Detroit spoken word thing at the end - all deep throated gruff Afro-American speal. Onto the flip and its some big subby 808 kick drums that instantly grab our attention on "You Heard What Da Man Said Muthafukka!". Some foreboding pads slowly converge on the track while echoing claps bounce around the mix. Finally, Omar S saves the feel-good money shot till the very end. "Nelson County" is bouncy, bright-eyed Deetroit house at its finest. Just a simple, swinging 4/4 groove, catchy bass and the odd little vocal refrain. It's a simple formula that many try to emulate but few seem to get it as well as the Detroit cats. One to get everyone dancing on the tables and forming group hugs on the dancefloor. Recommended.

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