Sasha ‎– Arkham Asylum / Ohmna

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Deconstruction ‎– 74321 434022
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1 Arkham Asylum 13:20
2 Ohmna 14:38

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Released in a card-sleeve.

℗ 1996 BMG Entertainment International UK and Ireland Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BMG Entertainment International UK and Ireland Ltd.© 1996 Deconstruction Ltd. Distributed by the local BMG company. Made in the EC.

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  • Barcode: 7 43214 34022 6
  • Matrix / Runout: DISCTRONICS S 74321-34022 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L502
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 8779
  • Label Code: LC 8280
  • Other (Distribution Code (France)): F: BM 620

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
74321 434021 Sasha Arkham Asylum / Ohmna(12", Single) Deconstruction 74321 434021 UK 1996 Sell This Version

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Corazon_saints

Corazon_saints

May 6, 2018

I keep listening to Arkham Asylum and can never get bored of it - so layered/nuanced and timeless (but also captures that mid-nineties Renaissance/Northern Exposure sound)
bell-end

bell-end

November 28, 2016
There seems to be quite alot of fairly personal comments about Sasha on here.don't get me wrong,it's actually quite refreshing to see comments that aren't just blind praise,but I do have to say that 'arkham asylum' is something of a progressive masterpiece.
I started a business in the late nineties buying and selling rare (and not so rare) records and there was one guy,a published author,and music critic called Tim Barr (check his book on kraftwerk,a tremendous read) who had interviewed pretty much everyone in dance music-all the Detroit legends,derrick may etc,carl Craig,green velvet,Larry heard.....you get the picture.but he also interviewed the European techno guys,Thomas heckmann,Sven Vath....
I asked him out if interest if he'd interviewed any of the big UK dj's,which he had.i asked about Sasha,expecting something pretty negative but he said he was actually alright.to be fair,I was thinking at this point that he was just a really nice guy who wouldn't say a bad word about anyone,then,without me even asking he said Paul Oakenfold was the biggest wanker he had ever met.
hadiburpee

hadiburpee

April 12, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
Does anyone know the track that the flute arp (starting around 5:25) in Ohmna was lifted from? I heard it in a club about 10 years ago, seemed like a funk record from the 70s or 80s, and I can't remember the name of it now.
jiggawhat

jiggawhat

February 28, 2012

Two very good tracks. Ideally these ought to have been featured on a longer album.
SYSTEM-J

SYSTEM-J

August 22, 2009
Most people out there know that most of Sasha's music was produced with a lot of help from various engineers and co-producers. I have a theory that Arkham Asylum/Ohmna is the only Sasha single produced entirely by the man himself. Read on...

In the Qat era, Sasha's tracks were co-produced by Tom Frederikse, and from his remix of Reese Project until Be As One/Heart Of Imagination by Richard Dekkard. Dekkard was brought in to teach Sasha his way around the studio so he could start work on his fabled album. What follows the split from working with Dekkard is hazy. We know Sasha eventually wound up working with Charlie May, a collaboration which survives from Xpander to the present day. We also know he did credited remixes in collaboration with Brothers In Rhythm and The Light. But there's no record of who engineered his other works in the interim.

In an interview in DMA Magazine from the period, Dekkard said the following about his split from Sasha: "I felt confident that [Sasha] had the knowledge to do his album on his own from that point forward, because I had watched him do demos and they were good." So Sasha had clearly learned enough to be able to produce decent material on his own. If you listen to Arkham Asylum, Ohmna and other Sasha remixes from this 96/97 era (such as his "Horse With No Name" remix of Horse's Careful) you can hear a distinct production sound to the Dekkard era. The production isn't so elaborate, there are less stutter edits, intricate synth programming and so on. They sound like the work of a less talented producer than any of Sasha's helpers, which is perhaps why he gave up on doing it all himself after a couple of years.

Anyway, whoever produced this record it probably benefits from that understated sound. This is really lush, atmospheric progressive house with everything: intros, outros, builds and stirring central stretches. I've never heard a DJ play more than half of Ohmna, but I think Sasha's determination to write such versatile pieces that could be played anywhere in a set really gives them home listening value when played in full. The complete tracks are so big it takes a couple of listens to see the whole picture, but this EP takes you right out there and back again.
Sanctuary

Sanctuary

July 9, 2003

A beautifully haunting addition to Sasha's artistic career. Back in 1996 when modern progressive-house was finding its feet, the DJ/producer was already busy creating pieces far ahead of their time.

Arkham Asylum itself is more an experience than a piece of dance music; in turn warm and uplifting, to dark and unnerving. There is very little repitition here, as with his other work, and the 13 odd minutes genuine fly by.

Ohmna is more clearly devided into movements; opening with dark, striking chords, then suddenly taking on a more picturesque form around the 5 minute mark. The latter stages of the piece are quite reminiscent of Orbital's 'Halcyon'.

A definite landmark in the uphill battle of establishing electronic music as an art-form.