Boomkat Product Review:
Slow/fast & footwork/jungle's standard bearer ties his divergent sound down proper with the debut Om Unit album. Over the last few years Jim Coles aka Om Unit has been very busy building bridges between myriad bass styles resulting in pioneering hybrids between Chicago footwork and UK jungle as Philip D Kick and a richly atmospheric brand of bass and drum music on noted releases for Metalheadz and dBridge's Exit label. With a dilated scope for the last 20 years of hip hop, jungle, dubstep and futurist club music, his 'Threads' LP marries that sort of classic Mo'wax downbeat moodiness with a modern, pensive edginess, perpetually on the brink of bruk but rarely, if ever, giving it up. A number of well-appointed vocals from Jinadu, Gone The Hero, Young Echo crew's MC Jabu and Charlie Dark anchor the session at crucial points, providing often bleak but human counterpoints to the detailed, supple groove programming and emotional synthesiser expressions which make up the album's mass. From the short time we've spent with it, there are standout moments in the anti-G jungle bounce of 'Nagual' and the mercurial swerve of 'Deep Sea Pyramid' or the mystical sci-fi rave grace of 'Healing Rain', but we can easily tell the whole thing's going to cause some serious impact in its end of the bass pool.