07 Apr #vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with Oomboi Lauw (Liquorish Records, AMS)
#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with Oomboi Lauw (Liquorish Records, AMS)
It’s been a bit of time since we had this #vinyloftheday segment and we’re back with a string of artists whose collection we are stoked to introduce. This week we have Oomboi Lauw – DJ and label owner of Amsterdam-based Liquorish Records.
“Growing up in France with Dutch parents (my father being a painter/art seller and my mum being a secretary at the modern art museum before they moved to the French countryside), it was pretty evident which direction my life would take. The education I received was truly artistic and culture-oriented, though I chose Music over Art or Cinema. From an early age I fell in love and became fascinated by music, first with 80’s pop, then came Hip-Hop when I was 10-11 years old around 1992-1993. You can say I’m a real Hip-Hop 90’s kid. That was my main musical background and formation to this day, especially when it comes to taste, excitement and passion. So I started to get my hands on everything I could find from tapes, cds, recording radio…etc.
I was a Hip-Hop fanatic and collector even before starting anything. It was only when I moved back to Amsterdam as a student that I got exposed to real club culture, concerts, rap shows etc., and decided to do something with this music I was collecting and learning. From there I started my bedroom DJ years within the emergence of dubstep/grime/wonky in Amsterdam till 2006-1007, and started to play at bars and clubs before becaming the DJ people now know me for representing Amsterdam’s bass and club scene.
Doing gigs, organising parties and hosting a pirate radioshow (on Patapoe) I connected with friends/producers with identical musical backgrounds that were interested in the same genres and musical approach, and that’s when I started Liquorish Records as a platform to showcase our work, vision and style. From there, we went on this musical journey, and we’ve released music by the likes of DJ Diamond, J(ay).A.D, Noam Kamal, Traxman, Jlin, Zgjim, Gronos1, Morten HD, Massacooraman, Desto, C_DR_C, Jarreau Vandal, NamebrandSound, SeekersInternational, Kubus, DJ Aflow, Sinistarr, DJ Roc, Wellbelove, Young Smoke, Sarantis, Deejay Tre, Wasted Fates, Boogiemann, Stereotyp, Ballo, Zoltan.
So my Top 10 is based on the recent vinyls I bought the last 3-4 months. BUT I couldn’t resist to put a couple ones that really had a big influence on me, and personal favorites.”
“Early Vangelis. Not his most popular, but this is a personal favourite and one of the first vinyls I bought in my crate digging years back in 2002 or so (unfortunately, I’ve been buying more on Discogs the last few years). Love the way the horns and the piano balances each other out. It’s minimal but has such a beautiful, powerful and melancholic composition all at the same time (and heavily sampled in hip hop, and French hip hop).”
“This is also one of my first Soul/Jazz/Funk records bought when I first starting collecting vinyl, looking for Hip-Hop samples which this holds a few. I just love this Funk-infused post-bop jazz, where the grooves are slower & heavier with a psychedelic touch (no wonder it was mainly hip hop sampled!). You got super stars on it like Harry Whitaker, Alonzo Mouzon and Edwin Birdsong.
Whole album is top notch, but my favourite track is Painted Dessert (Zawinul).”
“Also known as Declaime, this is definitely one of my favourite Hip-Hop LP’s. Released on Stones Throw – all of it was produced by Madlib, that should say enough. Whole album is bananas. This is one of the first few albums where the rapper also becomes the singer. It was really groundbreaking back then, and you can deeply feel the artistic liberation and the philosophical layer on this masterpiece. I bought this and the instrumental version just recently on vinyl cause it’s a must have, IMO. I remember also showcasing this LP live in Amsterdam with Madlib, DJ Romes and Wildchild. That was a such memorable concert, and always give me goosebumps just thinking about it.”
“People that know me, know that I’m a big 90’s/2000’s West Coast Rap fan/connoisseur. Especially from the Bay area (after the LA scene). And you can’t mention the Bay without mentioning Mac Dre. Lesser known then Too Short or E-40. but definitely as skilled and as productive. It’s pimp rap but with lots of fun and humour. He was really an original and a true lyrical talent. This is a recent vinyl purchase. but I’ve been banging out this one since it’s original release and is one of my favourite Mac Dre albums. Here is a good example with “Early Retirement”, produced by himself.”
“I’ve always regarded Lady Saw as the real Dancehall Queen as she’s got the best style, plain and simple. And this track is certainly the one that introduced me to her. It was featured on FunkMaster Flex ‘s 60 minutes of Funk Vol.2 that I rinsed heavily back in the day (actually one of my first Hip-Hop CDs). I remember hearing here and there Dancehall or Jamaican Patois in a few Hip-Hop tracks in intros or on the radio in mid-90’s pop music, but this tune got to me and made me a fan for life. It’s not pure Dancehall, more a NY meets Kingston vibe. But it’s so heavy, the Jamaican flow on top of that boom bap. This is a must have for me.”
“Talking about Jamaica, here is one incredible album that a good friend of mine (H-Sik) showed me (props to him!). Cause this is some amazing and one of the most original takes I heard in dub and dancehall reggae in years. I love that weird wonky vibe mixed with chopped up with Raggamuffin style samples. I love that Dabrye and Dilla meets Lee Perry style, taking it to the next level. I love it so much that I released a track with them on the Riddim All Star compilation a year ago. By the way, I’m working currently with them on a full project to come out Spring 2018, so stay on the look out!”
“Now, doing a Top 10 pick is actually quite difficult in my opinion, but I couldn’t leave out the mighty Mark Pritchard. When it comes to UK Rave music meets Footwork or Footwork Jungle, this is one of those ultimate bangers. It’s actually more on a Jungle Rave style, as “Duppies” borrows that classic 808/toms Footwork drums kick pattern in the build up before dropping the bass/hoover/breaks! Actually I could have put any Mark Pritchard EP as he is just the G.O.A.T. Those Bass/Beats/Footwork/Jungle 12″ trilogy on Warp are must haves.”
“This is the album that made me work and release music of his as well. I discovered Footwork mainly through the infamous Bangs & Works Vol.1 compilatoin, but this LP and DJ Roc’s Crack Capone turned me into a Footwork fanatic from the get go. This album got me getting in touch with him through Facebook, and later with the honour to release some of his music with the Deeper then Trax EP in 2013. There are to0 many tight tracks on it to actually pick one. His production style is so diverse and unique within this genre. A true original Footwork album. Must have!”
9. DJ D.M.C. – Trax Masters (1995)
“We staying in Chicago with this next one. With the big impact Footwork had on me, it pushed me to look further and learn more about the whole House culture from Chicago. Dancemania is a staple, and this a classic record I bought recently, mainly for “Birth Control Remix” with it’s almost Cumbia – Latin drum loop before the drop. Great example of innovation within the Ghetto House genre.”
“I will end this Top 10 with this magnificent track from one of my favourite releases. Another must have. A game changer and milestone for the whole “internet music” generation – just look at the cover art! “D-Medley” is such a powerful track without being aggressive or hyped. The steel drum melody, the trance-y voice chops, the minimal drum kicks and the synth-y chords, it’s like a tropical devil mix symphony, which makes this track comes close to perfection.”
Check Oomboi Lauw and his label Liquorish Records, with 3 of his new releases here:
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