Oliver Ho ‎– From Modern To Ancient

Meta ‎– META11
Vinyl, 12"


A1 Untitled
A2 Untitled 6:06
A3 Untitled 5:31
B1 Untitled
B2 Untitled 6:16
B3 Untitled 5:28


A1 and B1 end in a locked groove.

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May 15, 2016
This record has so much proper funk and soul it's neigh on impossible to sit still when these tracks drop. The A side has some of Oliver Ho's more inspired cuts on his Meta imprint. Using the human voice as a fully incorporated layer of the tracks on the A side, both are striking examples of the UK artists using, tweaking and applying vocals as actual sections of the arrangements rather then mere samples. The outer cut on the A side also boasts a cherubic saxophone solo, and combined with the soothing female vocal bits, it turns into a really jazzy, smooth techno offering, still firmly rooted in the dance floor end of things.

The first cut on the B side must be one of his more inspired moments. Proper tribal funk with a heavy accent on rhythm, rhythm and more rhythm. The tune is constructed around hip bustin' beats, repetitive melodic outbursts, and then slightly ahead of the three minute mark Oliver Ho drops his trademark vocal elements. The hypnosis is complete. The gorgeous, high pitched female vox is like a match made in heaven for his mellow, yet utterly functional drum patterns.

I know Oliver had a lot of his older fan base tutn heads in disbelief with some of the stuff he released after leaving the Surface and Blueprnt camps, but this is a proper gem. Unlike most techno producers out there, he doesn't focus completely on bass lines and percussion. Instead, he shifts to the looped human voice as the focal point of his compositions, resulting in a very curious, far out listening experience.

If you're wondering about how this record handles its floor duty, let me clear all doubts.The outer cut on the B side was canned massively by Steve Bicknell back in the day, and before the advent of the internet and so forth, this track was on my wantlist for years. Not only that, each side kcks off with a locked grrove, and both of them are so delicious, that when I played this record for the time ever in my room, I must have spent like five minutes listening to the loop on infinite repeat, thinking to myself how awesome the track was... I got around to it though!