Omar S, Jordan Bradley | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader

Omar S, Jordan Bradley Soundboard

When: Fri., July 29, 10 p.m. 2011

The best Detroit techno always provokes the same images in my mind whenever I hear it: Japanese consumer electronics from when they had actual push buttons, George Clinton-style wraparound sunglasses, and an alternate universe where Kraftwerk decided to rerecord "Autobahn" as a tribute to I-94. Omar S reminds me of all those things with 2009's Fabric 45: Omar S—Detroit, one of the few mixes commissioned by mega-influential London club-slash-label Fabric that consists entirely of music made by the DJ mixing it. Drawn from the impressive number of 12-inch singles Omar has recorded (many of them on his own FXHE imprint), the songs make the most classical, fundamental elements of Detroit techno sound totally up to the minute, perhaps even a couple of seconds ahead. Earlier this year the Toyota-sponsored Scion A/V label released his retro-inspired remix of the Dirtbombs' punky cover of A Number of Names' 1981 techno single "Sharevari," thus closing a peculiar and altogether highly enjoyable postmodern loop. Miles Raymer

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