The midway point ushers in a category with which you should be familiar from last year. In basic terms, this brings into the spotlight a name that has gotten my attention this past year, and which I strongly believe you should add to the watch list for the next 12 months. Hmmm, what name could that be…
Ok, I’m being intentionally thick here, but there’s not much I can do with the title plastered all over the top of this article. Following in the footsteps of Research & Development which took the title for 2015 (you should keep an eye on them as well, just saying), 2016 brings in yet another label name: Old Baby Recordings.
The brainchild of Greek producer & DJ Chris Oblivion, OBR describes the releases as ‘new tracks with an old feeling’, hinting at the imprint’s Goa inspired EPs. They broke ground in January with Soundpass‘ double tracker Hyperthermia / Subterranean and have been steadily supplying productions ever since.
Truth be told, the first three releases were an unknown for me, but what came in at number 4 was a point of interest right off the bat. Meant as a tribute to the old Goa masters like Man With No Name, Astral Projection and others, the double collaboration between Chris Voro and Active Limbic System was one of those moments when I actually had to check the date. In my view, they nailed that old feeling, and provided everyone with some superb tracks. So good in fact, you may just see one of the two pop up in a post near the end of the week. I am saying nothing more, you’ll have to be patient. 🙂
Astro D, Constantine P, as well as the man himself, Chris Oblivion, and the other aforementioned producers, pitched in to help the catalogue climb 8 places since its inception, a climb whose momentum is hopefully kept in the new year. A couple of them did fly a little under my radar, like Little Human and Mystic Orion, however, I did manage to catch up before 2015 wrapped things up. It’s annoying in many ways that these tracks don’t get the attention they deserve since they’re miles away from mainstream appeal.
Ultimately, the quality of everything OBR does, as well as the somewhat anti-commercial (credit to Chris Voro for coming up with that term) nature of the releases have swayed me towards giving them this small token of my appreciation.
Yes, yes, I’m being a lazy bastard and copying the release layout from the post about Lost Language. It does look kind of fancy though, no?
Soundpass – Hyperthermia / Subterranean [OBR001]
Release Date: 19.01.2015
Includes: Original mixes
Astro D – Mystic Orion [OBR002]
Release Date: 18.02.2015
Includes: Original, Chris Oblivion mixes
Constantine P – Sample Of My Life EP [OBR003]
Release Date: 16.03.2015
Includes: Sample Of My Life, I Have A Rebel Inside Me, Beautiful Nothing
Active Limbic System & Chris Voro – Alien Earth / The Source [OBR004] – VS review
Release Date: 20.04.2015
Includes: Original mixes
Chris Oblivon – Ecosystem EP [OBR005] – VS review
Release Date: 18.05.2015
Includes: Original, Astro D, Soundpass mixes
Chris Oblivion – Little Human [OBR006]
Release Date: 13.07.2015
Includes: Original, Soundpass mixes
Soundpass – Hydra EP [OBR007] – VS review
Release Date: 28.09.2015
Includes: Hydra, Calypso, Subterranean (Chris Oblivion Origins Remix)
Chris Oblivion – Rise Of The Stomping Grounds EP [OBR008]
Release Date: 19.10.2015
Includes: The Last Cove, Is There Anything Left?
Text, text and text some more, but what about something to listen to? I hear you, here are some samples for you folks:
Plus release number 7:
Note that release number 8 is indeed MIA. It’s either hiding very well (must be a master at hide and seek) or it’s not actually there. Either way, I should dig some more, and I’ll come back with the results of my digital archeology project.
What’s that you say? Producer of the Year? Come back tomorrow, we have nothing of the sort today! 🙂