Boomkat Product Review:
At risk of repeating ourselves, Omar S’s FXHE are on fire right now, a fact epitomised by Alister Fawnwoda’s debut album of killer Detroit disco-house finesse, tipped if yr into owt from Junior Boys to KDJ, feat production and vocodered vox by Omar S.
Last seen as co-producor/author of Omar S' huge 'I Love Your Girlfriend', Fawnwoda debut album is stacked with vox and input by John F.M., Mitchell Yoshida, Super Cool Wicked, Troi Alexis, Tyesha Blount and more, plus Omar S on production. ‘Fun House’ is a heavily satisfying session racking up prime cuts of deep disco house, R&B, night drive electro and freestyle-tinged synth-pop. It follows Fawnwoda’s pair of 12”s self-released on his AF13 Records (and part-recorded at FXHE studios), with an in-depth introduction to his classically-toned take on Detroit house’s roots and branches with a flair comparable to Morgan Geist, Bobby O or Junior Boys as much as KDJ and, of course, Alex Omar Smith.
Frankly we’re floored by the levels on show, from the flash hi-NRG strut of ‘Grasslands’ to the purring and cantering 11 minute ride of ‘Selinho Na Calcinha’. There’s a proper diamond in ‘Visions of You’ starring Omar S on vocoder, and ohrwurming disco-house kinks in ‘Car Dates’, Junior Boys-adjacent freestyle synth-pop in ‘Growing Old’, and raw but debonair tracky business in ‘Morning Ride’ and the Detroit electro-disco attack of ‘Slide’; all neatly contrasting with the album’s crucial downstrokes on the slow jams of ‘Total Recall’ and fluoro-greazed boogie of ‘Keeping me Waiting’, with a deep mid tempo R&B pearl ‘Saturn Eats Its Young’ to close.