Artist Spotlight: Omar S

Alex Calhoun —  March 13, 2013 — Leave a comment

It’s rare to find an electronic musician who can work diversely within his subject matter, producing an array of unique and original house and techno bangers, while having the energy and drive to run a record label to release said albums. This about sums up Detroit’s own Omar S. His label FXHE has released some of the hottest tracks to come out of Detroit in the last decade, and it’s easy to hear why.  Omar’s distinct flavor of unprocessed, homemade Detroit styled house and techno is easy to get lost in.

Like many of his Detroit peers, Omar S has managed to create an illustrious name for himself in the world of electronic music, while still keeping his releases underground and old school. A lot of Omar’s releases on vinyl are hard to come by and highly sought after by DJs and collectors alike. Many of the early series of his numbered, deep house gems (“001” and “002” on FXHE) are pretty much impossible to find.  FXHE runs like a true DIY operation, selling records directly from the presses to the consumer,  relying on email for all orders physical and digital. It’s truly refreshing to see these type of labels still being run by people who care about real music, like Omar S.

In addition to dozens of EPs, singles and collaborations stretched out over the years, Omar S has also put out a couple of full length albums, notably “Just Ask The Lonely” in 2005 and “It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It” in 2011. Omar has another full length of all new material called “Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself”, which is due out on FXHE literally any day now(the release date was stated as mid-March).  Omar also released a mix for London’s Fabric, which is essential listening for late-night summer cruises in Detroit.

Make sure to check out the FXHE label site for the forthcoming Omar S release, and while your there, buy some real Detroit vinyl, straight from the source.

Alex Calhoun


Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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