Oliver Ho ‎– Universal

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Earth 6:14
Palace 4:50
Fossil 6:07
Origin 5:46
The Ancestors 5:11
Running 5:24
Relic 2:36
Natural Selection 5:14
Parade {Slight Return} 4:14
Worship 4:58
Life 6:48

Versions (3)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MCD002 Oliver Ho Universal(CD, Album) Meta MCD002 UK 2001 Sell This Version
META LP002, MLP002 Oliver Ho Universal(2x12", Album) Meta, Meta META LP002, MLP002 UK 2002 Sell This Version
AUDIO 022-2 Oliver Ho Universal(CD, Album) Fine Audio Recordings AUDIO 022-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version

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jcgnyc

jcgnyc

November 3, 2010
referencing Universal, 2x12", Album, META LP002, MLP002
Superbly crafted LP.
"Earth" / "Fossil" / "The Ancestors" / "Relic" all are personal favorites.
But the entire LP has incredibly strong work.
AlexisNembrode

AlexisNembrode

May 20, 2010
referencing Universal, CD, Album, MCD002

Its incredible how this album got lost in the threshold of the bargain bins. This is an incredible piece of techno. Please dont compare it to Jeff, Laurent, they are all very talented producers as well, and equally brilliant...
This album is beautiful in its own way. The tribal samples often remind me of early Bandulu works, maybe because of the tribal feeling. But that might be just be. There is one particular song on this cd that really puts all of the other songs together in the concept. And its "Life". Its a beautiful, strange, and yet, addictive electronic song, that starts out like if its played in a market in Africa or something. Then it develops, like if it was spiritualy moving away from the people, and focusing the mind on this strange tribal woman's voice, dipped in this ethereal synth pad, that develops into a repetitive tribal rhythm. This track is the one that makes this album a whole concept, and makes you think "wow, this was worth listening".
maroko

maroko

February 8, 2009
referencing Universal, CD, Album, MCD002

Indeed, similiraties between Mills and Ho are apparent on "Universal", although Laurent is light years away from matchnig Jeffs sci-fi techno. This album features loads of tribal and funky tracks, with repetitve loops and (mostly female) vocal snippets, sometimes even making excursions into tribal chants and so forth. Personally, I don't find myself at home with this album. The tribal influences reminisce too much of Mills' Purpose Maker material, while the, admittedly good though, eerie melodies are an obvious nod to the Detroit's wizard stuff on Tomorrow. As the reviewer before me mentioned, Parade is an awesome piece of ambience, with a catchy lead. Same can be said about the beautiful opener Earth, which starts as a beatless journey, builds before transforming into a groovy, drum driven techno bomb.
Overall, I am not that impressed. "Universal" draws ideas in from all over the place, but my honest two cents is that the same combination is constantly getting pulled through the album. Maybe I should get more acquainted with more of his work, because the way things are, this is not an album I'd like to remember him for.
Having that said, the overall production in tight, there is enough drive and juicy bass lines to make this one stick in many a DJ cases. In fact, hearing these tracks mixed in with similar material must make 'em come across twice as effective as listening to them on repeat in their unmixed versions. I get this sensation of my CD player being broken, having a single loop on repeat for 4-5 minutes. Maybe you'll feel different, give it a try however.
EDJ303

EDJ303

September 23, 2003
referencing Universal, CD, Album, MCD002

Oliver Ho's fifth full-length effort follows in the footsteps of his Listening to the Voice Inside with a selection of jack tracks whose tribal thumps and clicks are cut with a series of disembodied vocal samples. Unlike his singles, however, though this groundswell of robotic grooves undeniably dominates this work, Ho is at his best when satisfying his well-documented art aspirations with the occasional acid-rain-washed slice of ambience, or the cautious strings of "Parade," which wander through a blistered landscape of jazz samples guided only by an eternal bass loop, providing a murky vision of the future comparable to that of the master of this form of music, Jeff Mills.
ClaytonC.

ClaytonC.

February 2, 2003
referencing Universal, 2x12", Album, META LP002, MLP002

This is one of my favorite double pack I own. It almost seems all these track are from the Earth. The sounds and beats are all natural. Must Buy.