OH/EX/OH’s 2013 Round-up

OH/EX/OH has so far been responsible for two amazing albums; ‘Extant’ and ‘House in the Woods’ are both releases you should investigate as soon as possible.

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OH/EX/OH’s Ten of 2013 (in no order)

Stones Throw & Leaving Records: Dual Formhttp://www.stonesthrow.com/store/album/various/stones-throw-and-leaving-records-present-dual-form
Stones Throw have been my go to label for the past ten years and it’s releases like this which keeps my beady eye on their output. This long play compilation dropped in the spring and I had it on rotation through till the end of summer. A perfect blend of (odd) beats, loops and distortion, ranging from the wistful wanderings of Julia Holter through to the slopped out Doo-wop of the Trance Farmers (which incidentally is my favourite track on the LP). Stunning and hugely inspiring.

Zoom H6https://www.zoom-na.com
I clocked this when it was originally announced back at the start of 2013 and it just got released a few weeks back. So a late entry to the list but one which I’m sure will serve me well in 2014. I’m using this both as a multi-channel / multi-mic field recorder and also as a 6in / 2out audio interface. So far, so awesome. Love this!

Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession. TR-909 Editionhttps://www.google.com/search?q=TR-909.+Beat+Box:+A+Drum+Machine+Obsession&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=PNqdUs7FBIaR0AXhroAw&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1358&bih=914
This special release for Record Store Day is a prelude to the just released book Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession. This 20 page booklet came with two flexi-disc singles featuring individual drum hits of the 909, each one introduced by Schooly D himself. Fantastic.

The Outer Churchhttp://theoriginalouterchurch.tumblr.com
I have a lot to thank TOC’s curator Joseph Stannard for; he picked up on my music back in 2012 on the same day I started Tweeting about it—he must have ears across the web or something. His subsequent pimping put me in touch with Rob at The Geography Trip and by the end of the day we’d agreed to put my debut out on vinyl. A lightening fast success for such slow paced music. This year I managed to finally meet Mr. Stannard as myself and Geography Rob attended (and DJ’d) several Outer Church events across the UK. A very lovely, welcoming and humble man who puts on an ecletic interesting night. I owe him everything.

Ameratsu – Uschi-No-Michihttp://uschi-no-michi.bandcamp.com/album/ameratsu-single
It goes without saying that the music contained within this 7” single is impeccable but the reason this is in my top 10 things of 2013 is the artwork. Each single is packaged into an 8” floppy disk case, hand stamped, numbered and sealed. Each floppy disk case is different adding to the uniqueness. A truly desirable collectable. I also got #001. Awyeah.

Dark Shadows Original TV soundtrack – The Robert Cobert Orchestrahttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dark-shadows-original-music/id261327381
This is now available digitally (probably due to the movie remake) but earlier in the year I found this on vinyl in a tiny record store in Berlin. I’d nipped in there to escape a torrential downpour, headed to the soundtrack section (as I do) and there it was waiting for my hard earned to rescue it. Great creepy nostalgia with fantastic narration. Lots of newer music tries to recreate this kind of vibe, I prefer to go to the source. Favourite track is I’ll Be With You, Always, which I play to my Ringu.

Teenage Engineering OP-1http://www.teenageengineering.com/products/op-1
I actually bought this in 2011 whilst living in the States but didn’t really get into it, largely because I couldn’t fit the machine into my existing audio work flow. So it sat patiently in it’s box until this year when I re-discovered it’s joys. I used the OP-1 heavily on Beneath The Water from The House In The Woods where I played it live. I used it again on a secret release which no-one really knows about. To say I fell in love with it’s work flow and immediacy is an understatement and it rekindled my love for hardware.

Sorcerer – Tangerine Dreamhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sorcerer-soundtrack-from-motion/id3433031
I’d previously heard how good a soundtrack this was but had never actually ever heard it. Thirty minutes after a chance encounter in a record shop in Amsterdam I was home listening to it’s stunning electronic soundscapes. I don’t think there is a single bad track on this, it’s full of tension, atmosphere and drama. Choosing a favorite track is a hard one but for me it would have to be Vengeance, love the way it slowly builds it’s proto-Detroit sound. Find this. Buy this.

Gravity – Alfonso Cuarónhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454468/
I’m a huge fan of Children Of Men so when Gravity was announced it went straight to the top of my 2013 film bucket list. I’ll keep this one brief; it blew me away. Loved the sound design, the visuals and even Sandra Bullock. Though I wasn’t so keen on the Lion King-esque music at the end, but I’ll forgive Cuarón for that.

Chris Herbert – Wintex-Cimex ’83https://soundcloud.com/room40/sets/chris-herbert-wintex-cimex-83
Chris is a good friend of mine who has inspired my own work immensely. This EP pre-empts his 2nd long player due out early 2014. If you’re not familiar with his music, it’s lovely warm ambient electronica. Like I say, super inspiring and head and shoulders above everyone else. Sublime artwork too.

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