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Om: Hip-Hop V. 1

Released on Om Records, 2/27/07

Om Records presents yet another exciting, reputation worthy collection of the best up and coming hip-hop-don’t-stop roster. This independent deep-house/dance/electronic dedicated record label was founded in SF in 1995. For their first release entitled Groove Active, Om made introductions with solid acts such as The Roots, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, A Tribe Called Quest, Brand New Heavies, to name a few. Om has then set their steady stream of what is now their imprint sound.

National recognition scored big with the release from a world renowned dance DJ Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz releases that dance-hard-tech-heads should pick up if not already own. Om Records have an ever-growing discography along with an extended family from sub labels that includes deep dish DJ talent listing Miguel Migs, Kaskade, Andy Caldwell

The Omies will tell you that Om stands for "open mind" and Om: Hip-Hop v. 1 is another true testament of what is strong-willed, up and coming and future forward with this defiant hip-hop collection. This catalogue includes acid jazz juggernaut Colossus, the jiggy sound of the Strange Fruit Project with track number three featuring neo-soul-spun-architect-tress Erykah Badu. Loyalty begs the home front with Bay Area’s home sprout, Zion I and The Grouch featuring Esthero, and Grammy winning Ladybug Mecca featuring Raheem DeVaughn amongst others, with their dope track remixed by the pope of dope, Kenny Dope.

Om: Hip-Hop V.1 isn’t scrawling hip hop commandments on any stone tablets but the harvesters have chosen well defining hip hop tracks for what is new and now. The last two tracks on the record is the juice with Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers called “Happy”, and the last ripe nectar ready for picking called “Contemplating (Colossus’ Sunday Brain Mix)" by Colossus featuring Flash. Both are hip hop infused and samples from "that old familiar" and the Om sound is clearly present as it rounds out exactly what Om is known for.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars