This week we invite Eschaton to the Dusk Dubs family.
Hailing from the Midlands, UK, Eschaton spent his formative years listening and collecting electronic music. After hearing the early Acid House sounds crackling over pirate radio stations, he was hooked, and he followed the music as it grew and evolved into Atmospheric Drum and Bass. He used to DJ at low key events throughout Nottingham and Derby in the late 90’s, but never made a big name for himself; he was happy just to play the music he loved.
He eventually turned his attention to producing, and used his earlier influences to mold his own unique Drum and Bass sounds. In a way, his early productions were maybe too unique, which made it difficult to get signed. Eventually, he decided it was time to set up his own imprint, one that would showcase his own experimental productions, as well as a host of music from other producers he was in touch with from across the globe.
Omni Music was born in 2011, and since then has gone from strength to strength, releasing intelligent music that spans the drum and bass spectrum, as well as deep techno and ambient. With a huge catalogue under its belt, Omni Music has shown no sign of stopping, as Eschaton continues to delve deep into the demos he is sent, to release the very finest compositions he can find. Omni Music has been humbled to feature a multitude of talented artists such as Future Engineers, Voyager, Aural Imbalance, Pariah, Justice, Rob Haigh, Flatliner, Ricky Force, Madcap, DJ Trax, Stunna, Acid lab, Enjoy and hundreds more, giving each of them an outlet to express their sonic visions.
"My tastes in music are beyond eclectic, so I have narrowed down this list to electronic based works from the Acid House scene on wards, that have inspired my own work and what I choose to release on Omni Music. This is by no means a complete list, far from it, just a snapshot of what has created my own musical evolution." [[ Eschaton ]]
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1. Aphex Twin – On
I have started with a beautiful and experimental piece from the master craftsman Aphex Twin. This reminds me of lazy Sundays after late nights, relaxing at a friend’s house and letting the electronica cleanse your tired body. It still maintains that forward thinking and positive vibe when I listen back to it, and instantly sends me back to those hazy afternoons.
2. Annette – Dream 17
I could have put many earlier Acid House tunes in place of this, but I just remember the first time I heard this on Pirate radio and I was hypnotized by the simple acid line and dreamy vocals. I was hooked on this music then, and this perfectly demonstrates why, simple, yet incredibly effective.
3. Intelligent Communication – Drive
This makes me smile every time I hear it. This is an alias of Future Sound of London, and they took the bleeps and bass sounds from Northern England and wrapped it up with crisp Breakbeats and soulful pads. It was a perfect recipe for me, and hearing this playing over the airways always gave me a sense of wonder, sitting out and watching the summer night sky.
4. Eat Static- Almost Human
I had heard some of the early Eat Static releases in 1991, which followed the rave and Breakbeat sound, so when I picked this 12” up (for a bargain £1) in 1992 I was floored. It was the beginning of that deep trance/techno, and I personally hadn’t heard it quite like this before. Layered synths and a frenetic energy made this head nodding and at the same time thought-provoking music. The trance synth sounds made a big impression on me, and I have never been able to quite shake them off!
5. Pulse – Stay Calm
Okay, a jump forward to 1994 now. This was when the amen break was now the king, and works of art like this were flying out the speakers. Although there were a lot of tracks that followed a similar blueprint to this back then, personally this had the edge, with its discreet pads, uplifting vocal stabs and layers of beats; it always made me jump up and down with delight. It was a glimpse of the future, bridging the dark sounds of 1993 with the more mature sounds that would dominate 1994 onwards.
6. Eze Ozo – How to Stay Alive
Back to 1991 now, possibly my favourite year for electronic music; as a DJ could play all styles in one set. I could have chosen either side of this magnificent record, but today, this one is ahead (it changes daily!). Deep, intelligent and brilliantly produced. If Good Looking Records was around in 1991, then this is the material they would have been releasing. An amazing work of art that I still think stands the test of time.
7. Future Bound – Sorrow
I could have chosen many atmospheric pieces from around this time, but there was always something sublime about this. The Breakbeat led opening made it perfect to mix and it wasn’t until it gets going you realise how incredible Drum and Bass had now become. Layers of epic pads, sprinkled with enchanting melodic stabs; this was music for the mind, body and soul. There aren’t many new atmospheric drum and bass tracks I feel can ever come close to the emotions pouring out of the speakers when this is playing.
8. Mykra – Mushrooms ‘97
Jumping ahead a little, we have this once in a lifetime piece of wonder. I can’t fault anything in this track, the breaks hit hard, the main melody sounds like it is being played by an angel and the soaring pads send goose bumps up and down my body. I really wish I had made this! I don’t need to say any more, I am left almost speechless by this beautifully crafted slice of electronic beauty.
9. System 7 – Habibi
Dropping the tempo completely here is a serene ambient piece from one of my favourite Oldskool trance/techno acts; System 7. This always hit the spot on those chill out days; relaxing moments away from the hectic parties. Although there are so many amazing ambient pieces from this era, this always stood out at the time, probably due to my own personal circumstances. It’s calm, reflective and still epic, with its heartfelt vocals and steady pulsing tribal vibe.
10. Cloud 9 – Mindbomb
1992 was a manic year, with so many classics, but I had to choose a piece that shaped my own sounds; so this was it. In the midlands I heard this played out constantly, tucked away on the B side of a now sough after white label. It was a beautiful change of pace in between the crazy Breakbeat mayhem, relying more on melodies that played with each other and sampling the piano line from Crimewatch (I think? I can’t quite remember). It always stood out to me with its individuality and choosing not to rely so much on Breakbeats.
11. The Invisible Man – Power
To be honest, this was another piece that could have been replaced with many others from Graham. His early work to me is pure genius, a perfect example of creating melodic drum and bass but keeping the dancefloor happy. The track twists and turns through different sections, and it always made my hairs stand up on end when the sweeping strings and the amen crash in, making me just stand there dumbfounded. Homer drool.
12. The Shamen – Possible Worlds (Deep Psi Mix)
Unfortunately, The Shamen are remembered for their daring and (arguably brilliant) achievement of getting to number 1 in the charts shouting ‘E’s are Good’. The brazen fact that they got away with it and no one noticed until it was too late is an epic win for them. But the track wasn’t particularly great, possibly one of their worst, so it’s a shame that’s how a lot of people remember them. Before that (and after), they were responsible for some stunning deep electronic music, from early Acid House to this deep rolling techno masterpiece. Drifting ethereal pads, a nice crisp beat to get your feet moving, and an enchanting acid melody all combine to create a mini work of art. When they were back making underground music instead of forgettable chart songs, they were hard to beat.
13. DJ Fokus – Get a Bearing
This is the only one in this selection from 1993. It was hard to choose just one as it was a very influential year to me, as the rule book on what you were supposed to do in the proto-jungle/DnB scene was ripped to pieces. Out of the torn shreds came this whopper. 1993 was known for embracing the dark side, and this masterpiece was no different, other than its futuristic production standards. Artists like DJ Crystl were already chopping amens to pieces, so it wasn’t entirely new, but the way the amen explodes out of the eerie atmospherics smacked me metaphorically in the face. This is how to make frantic rhythms compliment dark sinister tones, incredible production from DJ Fokus and the legendary engineer Pete Parsons (aka. Voyager).
14. Squarepusher – Iambic 5 Poetry
I first heard Squarepusher when I bought his ‘Feed Me Weird Things’ album, which was an incredible joy to listen to. He was later then to release this experimental piece of electronica which quite simply stunned me. It starts out mellow enough, with his well-known bass guitar dropping in and out and the drums and pads slowly evolving. Then the true beauty hits you, and the track goes off to another level entirely; completely out of nowhere. This is an example of Squarepusher's musical talent on show, as every layer of the track blends together as if being played by an ensemble of session musicians. Thank you Tom :)
15. PFM – Wash Over Me
I couldn’t have a list of influential tracks without PFM being in there at least once. This, their first release, is to me still my favourite. I remember first hearing it and just having a beaming smile from ear to ear. In 2 years we had gone from dark tracks that sampled every horror movie ever made, to this epic journey through ambient landscapes, all glued together with crisp beats. This was the beginning of a new chapter for me, this is probably where the idea for Omni Music was originally seeded.
16. Cyclone – Beautiful Minds
A quick duck back into 1991 here, for this relaxing excursion into oldskool vibes. This is a track that isn’t going to win any awards for making a dance floor go completely nuts, but it does win an award for making me so damn happy. A pad and piano rich affair that sweeps your mind away, it’s both elegant and beguiling. For me it’s a real trip down memory lane, instantly conjuring up thoughts and feelings from when I first listened to this.
17. DJ Gwange
Another 1994 masterpiece here. The blueprint of tearing amens and soaring melodies had been set, but expert producers still had the odd trick up their sleeve. Not only did DJ Gwange pepper this composition with the amens, lush pads and the deep bass that everyone was salivating for, he then dropped in an epic piano line. Since mid-1993, piano’s had been used sparingly, most producers avoiding using anything too uplifting, to keep that deep dark vibe the punters expected; but Gwange was having none of that (other obvious exceptions to the rule are Omni Trio, and Peshay – Piano Tune from the same year – both of which nearly made an appearance). He managed to create an uplifting piano hook that complimented the rest of the track perfectly, never steering towards the ‘Happy Hardcore’ sound that had recently evolved. This was showing that Drum and Bass could do whatever it wanted, if it was done well.
18. Mundo Muzique - Albido
Quick switch here to some 1992 Ambient/Techno. I nearly chose the magnificent A-Side 'Andromeda', but this one represents the mood and musicality that truly inspired me to this day. Part ambient, part techno, part something else, it’s electronic music being electronic music. This era was a superb time to be listening to this style, Warp Records were huge, Orbital were creating seminal works of art, and timeless music like this was appearing on R&S, Rising High and many others. With its clean crisp production, it's a perfect example of how electronic music was evolving and how it would eventually come to dominate the world.
19. Future Engineers – Cerulean Seas
I am going to end with this majestic work of art. It’s hard to choose a favourite Future Engineers tune, but this just gets in there into my number one spot. It conjures up so many feelings, with its drifting serene pads, shuffling breaks that don’t go over the top, and its relaxing vibe. It’s both sad and uplifting, the ambience washing over you like the sea in the title. Listening to it feels like you are sat on a desert island, thinking, sitting; watching the waves crash to the shore. Simply beautiful.