Alex "Omar" Smith is certainly "One of a Kind". Like fellow Detroiters Kenny Dixon Jr and Theo Parrish, he has achieved cult status amongst serious deep house heads primarily by following his own path and sticking a solitary digit towards convention. That and being seriously good at what he does, of course. He begins this latest EP in confident mood, joining the dots between vintage New Jersey garage and bouncy deep house on "Less Pain", before wrapping slipped '80s synth-pop chords around a killer (machine) percussion track. Best of all, though, is title track "One of a Kind", a luscious chunk of slowly unfurling deep house positivity rich in ear-pleasing synthesizer motifs, surging chords and rush-inducing musicality.
Owen Jay, Jonna (City Fly / Mysterious Works), Ernie (Minuendo Recordings), Paul Starey, Thatmanmonkz (Shadeleaf Music), Kisk, Per Bojsen-Moller, Jay Simon (Must Have Records), Juno Recommends Deep House, Andrea Passenger, Don Crisp, Tilman
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