London based producer Om Unit returns with next release "Aeolian" on Reso's Civil Music. Never restricted by genre, he traverses juke, dubstep, R&B, hip-hop, garage and all shades of the "bass music" spectrum, with a jungle influence sometimes creeping in. Opening with the esoteric "Ulysseus", this one is all about the rippling, rain-dancing rhythms and steady, stomping beats. Moving on to "Dark Sunrise (feat. Tamara Blessa)", we are treated to a storming dubstep banger with super sweet vocals in a dark, thunderous soundscape. "Fumes" is a more sparse and spaced out little number with dreamy, ethereal synths; while "Lightworkers Call" brings in the talents of Kromestar for another dark, nocturnal venture. "Slowfast Matrix" brings in a flurry of quirky rhythms to the equation before "Ulysses" is given the remix treatment twice over. Essential, no question.
A solid pairing crops up for the first release on new label Cosmic Bridge, as the hip-hop informed beats of Om Unit meet the steady dubsteppings of Kromestar. "Solar Cycle" and "Merkabah" both tread logical ground for the pair, keeping a West Coast bump present alongside the bassweight dancefloor necessities. The synths fall in a controlled fashion, immaculately produced and steady. Well worth checking and an auspicious debut release.