Shex / OMMM
"Shex vs. OMMM" split 7"
Genres: IDM, experimental techno, breakcore
PO Box 39025
London E2 8WP
Oct 4 - 10 2004
The Shex vs. Ommm split 7" is a bit like a battle, with
both acts getting a side of the record with which to stake their
claim. Shex puts its side to good use, dissecting a rock
song to nothingness with "Rocknroll 1999" and cutting up all
sorts of oddball media into a hardcore collage called "Timpo."
The Shex style is very in-your-face and rapid, with beats,
riffs, and various other soundclips coming at you like gunfire.
It's certainly an experimental sound, but not a completely
Ommm, meanwhile, has a much more familiar style, making use
of complex IDM beats and pristine electro melodies to come up with a
very Boards of Canada-esque sound. "UFO's Building
the Pyramids" is straight up BoC, although "Plasmawatchpen"
is a bit more abstract, with a sound more akin to AFX or Autechre.
So who wins the battle? It's hard to say, as Shex and Ommm
are so plainly different. Only the length of their names is
alike. I suppose the naming of the victor all depends on which
you prefer: hardcore sample-carnage, or complex, melodic
4 tracks, distributed by Post
Everything, released 2004]