NEMO.BOFH Posted November 7, 2008 Share Posted November 7, 2008 Artist: OOOD Album: Fourthought Label: Phar Psyde Records Catalog#: PHARCD004 Format: CD, Album Country: UK Released: Sep 2008 Credits: Mastered By - Henry Sarmiento Mixed By [Engineer] - Colin Bennun Producer, Mixed By - OOOD Notes: Mastered @ Sonic Vista Studios, Ibiza, Spain. Mixed @ The Stooodio, Bristol, UK. Track 7 is based on "Rifa" by OOOD, released in 1997 on the label Completely Cabbaged (B-side of the 12" CABB-03). above information taken from Discogs An introduction about OOOD is hardly needed, but let me do a short one anyways, should you not know who I am talking about. OOOD was formed in England in 1994 by Colin Bennun, Nigel Bradbury and Stephen Callaghan. Nigel is no longer a part of the trio, but they became four instead with their old friends Ramsay Melhuish and Ryokan Potier. The first release from OOOD was on Phantasm Records in 1996. With some 14 years of experience in the Psychedelic Trance scene and still going strong, they are now releasing their 4th album. Some of you might remember the latest album Free Range, which was one of the best albums released in the year of 2006 (imo of course). OOOD is known to be diverse and mixing the styles wildly, and the new album is more diverse than any of their work before. Let me take you through the tracks: 1. Watchers In The Sky (9:08) This track for me -at first- got my attention by the dreamy intro that it was presented with. I did not know what to come, but let me tell you that I was very surprised how it evolved. After some 1 minutes 30 seconds, we get to hear a very monotone bassline and a kick. The track then goes into some kind of minimal trancey dreamscape. One thing that OOOD are known for are the use of Samples in their tracks, and this track is full of small detailed samples in the background. The dreamy feeling goes throughout the whole track, and for me it would be the perfect starter track on a morning set out in the wild. 2. Warm Slinky (10:17) So, the first track being a perfect starter for an album, I did not know what to expect next, and of course, it took me by surprise as always with OOOD. Short intro, some breakbeats and then something that could be a 303? Changes in Basstone very smartly put inside, dreamy gated pads. Breaktrance? This track evolves slow, but when it comes to its point, it is a furious little beast! It is not a dance floor filler, but it sure gives the chills down the spine! At the end of the track as expected it explodes into one orgasmic dream scape and even though its not a 4/4 track makes me want to shake that rumpa like a mad man! I would like to hear a remix of this track with a 4/4 beat towards the end, played LIVE! 3. Attitude Engine (9:50) OOOD is about fun for me, and the this track starts of FUNNY! Now, when I say diverse, this is it! Is this OOOD's way of seeing todays Electro House? Oh yeah! But far better than a lot of stuff being released nowadays, and you know what? Its Psychedelic at the same time! It feels like this track has a very long intro cause the first 2 minutes its just building and building, goes into a break and tones it down a little and then takes it up again. Smart break beat programming going on all the time. Around 3 minutes we get some 4/4 beat and funky breaks all over the place. Like the tracks before this one, it has a lot of atmosphere. This track starts of like one thing and ends like another. I think it's a very clever way of building a track and getting the listeners attention. This is not your ordinary Electro Psy Break, this is your Electro Psy Break Overlord! 4. Hornrider (Red Bourbon Mix) (9:45) This is the first track that starts with a 4/4 beat on this album. Funny sample in the beginning. It starts out pretty harmless with a nice bassline, everything in perfect harmony and good percussion work. The later Bleepy bloppy and funky until towards the first break (horses?! lol), then it continues on that gallop and with a lot of atmosphere. OOOD sure knows how to build the tracks to get your attention, and when they finally let out the devil, its just pure ear pleasure! I am sure we will hear this track on plenty of Morning Dance floors this year (and many years to come, I hope). Towards the end of the track I had to smile so hard and wanting to dance, pure fucking bliss! 5. Durka Durka (8:04) Terrance, pull my finger! *fart* Durka durka, Nih, kick and bassline! HAAAHAAA! Wow, this track made me laugh so hard, but make no mistake, this is not just some pisstake track, its a very powerful dance floor filler. Very energetic, almost goes into the techno realms, but stays psychedelic and trancey enough. The percussions and the side effects are driving this track. Cleverly programmed samples and atmosphere on this track. The first break made me say "COOOMOOONNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!" out loud, I actually left my chair and started dancing in my little room here, because he who can sit down with the power unleashed afterwards, is probably too sane! When that bass line comes back in after the break, it gave me so heavy chills that even a squirt of tears came out of my porky little eyeses. 6. Slang Thang (8:33) Familiar samples in this track, you will know when you hear them! Another 4/4 track which goes pretty much straight into business. Gotta love the bass line on this one. Yes it is your typical Full On Bass line, but its not your ordinary full on track! As with all tracks from OOOD, the percussion is very essential. Evil sounds, hard and ass whooping. This is dark and sinister, like a boiling witches bowl and very driving. Towards the middle of the track gated samples and more drive. MY GOD TAKE ME TO THE DANCE FLOOR FOR HEAVENS SAKE!!!! I can not describe it in words better than "FAN FUCKING TASTIC!" 7. Apollo, Son Of Rifa (9:00) So what to expect now that im all high on energy? Oh yeah, OOOD does not let you down, another dance track for the dance floor here! Like i have said throughout the whole review, OOOD is all about clever use of sample and smart percussion programming, they sure know how to do that. Small changes here and there, nice bass line, perfectly in fit with the kick and the rest of the sounds. Even this track a bit dark to start with, something that sounds like a 303 coming in, snare drums.... BOOM! When listening to this music, I wish that more people would make this kind of music, and it reminds me that Psychedelic Trance is still very powerful when made by the right people. It gives hope for this scene! Towards the end of this track, more ACIIIIIIIIIID, and I love it, and the last break makes you ask for more more and mooooooooooooooooooooore! Too bad it ended too early! Ok, time to see where OOOD is playing live nearby, cause this has to be heard live! The last few tracks have literally made me dance for 15 minutes straight in my room and boy am I happy that Nobody can see me. 8. Starseeker (Crystal Skies '08 Mix) (8:37) After the last 3 tracks, I felt I needed a break from the madness, but nope, thats not what I got. Rolling bass line, dreamy pads and a very nice sample to start the track of. Even though full with energy, this track is more trancey and smooth than the last ones, but make no mistake, this is good psychedelic dance music, funky beats and full with atmosphere! 303s kick in and make me get chills all over my body! I mean, I know it is hard to beat Eye of The Beholder, but this track is what I would say makes me have the same feeling as when I first heard that track from the last album. This is pure trance, pure enlightenment, it has all the elements a trance track should have, it has all the elements a psy track should have. In short, its PERFECT! This reminds me of the good old Eye-Q days, but made modern and better! 9. Gawn Sarf (5:30) The good old well deserved outro track!! After the above buildup, we need a break, and that is what OOOD gives you. They know that you need to chill a bit and think about what just struck you. Nice beats, cool samples, slow dubby bass line, even though simple, it still serves it purpose. 303 in this track as well, but that is not what makes the track. What makes this track so special is the Piano! Funky funky piano playing going on here, sound almost as a live piano being played in a Jam! It just fits so well in the track. This track will for sure be in many of my chill mixes! Conclusion: So, to conclude this review; We have been presented with everything from Chill to Techno and Psychedelic and then treated with a bit of Psychedelic Funk in the end. I can hear a story in this album, and for me that is a very important thing when listening to an artist album. I do not know what kind of story they want to tell us, but for me it was about a journey into the wild and then back to good old home where it is warm and cozy. As Free Range, this album gets an 11/10 for its diversity, for its energy and most of all for its very good engineering and programming. If you want ear sugar, get this album while it is still hot. You can buy the album here: PSYSHOP Other links: OOOD ON MYSPACE OOOD on Discogs OOOD Homepage Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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