The Ten Best Artists at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival This Weekend
Omar S is a legend and he knows it. "People say I'm arrogant, how the fuck am I arrogant?" he told Resident Advisor after claiming ignorance of fellow Detroit house superstars Carl Craig and Stacey Pullen's mixes for notorious London nightclub Fabric (and calling Ricardo Villalobos "Willalobo"). But after listening to a monster of a track like "Here's Your Trance Now Dance" off last year's It Can Be Done But Only I Can Do It, you can see where that confidence comes from. At 10 minutes long, it pumps with a hard and fast rhythm and what sounds like a whetsaw, with steadily building melodic elements that drop out all of a sudden, leaving you with just the beat. To all the "stupid ass motherfuckers" who pretend they know how to use an AOS 600, that's how it's done.
Omar S performs on the Numbers Stage at Public Assembly on Friday.
It's hard to overstate the importance of Waajeed, a.k.a. Robert O'Bryant IV, a.k.a. "finder" or "seeker" in Arabic. The producer grew up in the same Detroit neighborhood as Dilla and became DJ in their group Senepod, which in the early '90s became Slum Village. O'Bryant took a late, convoluted path to the production game, making beats as himself and as part of the group Platinum Pied Pipers starting in the early 2000's. In 2009, he released The War LP, which expertly mashes hip-hop beats and samples with low-slung '90s bass, sirens, and blistering vocal and instrumental contributions from Jay Dee himself.
UPDATE: Waajeed will no longer be performing.