Label: OD Music GroupScore: 8/10
A label based in Shanghai, China, might be an unlikely place to source quality-strewn, unlikely and eclectic electronic music, but in saying that, there’s nothing too obvious about the merits of the OD Music Group; a label that’s tasted some success recently thanks to their shrewd A&R’ing. Chris Gresswell’s recent bass/house hybrid for the label was testament to the latter fact, while on their latest, Persian Empire rubs shoulders with the returning Ariel Camusso for an EP that’s positively dripping in nuanced, colourful vibes.
Kicking off the EP is the title track, ‘Time‘. The vocals are akin to those that shine on Jessie Ware’s when she hooks up with Disclosure, and the background sounds aren’t too dissimilar to the British boys’ sound either, as floating melodies gloat over a series of chopped kicks and some bulging, off-kilter, garage-inspired synths. Stylish stuff – and as a bonus it comes with an extended radio mix too.
123mrk then steps up to the plate with a remix of the original; one that’s infused with twinkling melodies and broken beats aplenty. Crown Duels merge deep Casio chords with frantic, uptempo bass-kicks on their interpretation, Kaasi goes deep and harmonious on the dub, and Persian Empire close the curtains on matters thanks to a remix where it’s the sporadic sounds that play the most pertinent of roles. Another sure fire winner for fans of intelligent, discerning house, garage and bass sounds. Welcome to the sound of 2013.