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Thursday, Apr 15 2004 | 16:14

This is DJ friendly Hip Hop from the Pacific Northwest. With a humble B-Boy swagger and original hip hop values Ohmega Watts drops a soulful and DJ friendly solo 12″ featuring his group Lightheaded and Quannum Recording artists the Lifesavas. “A Request” is a bass-line driven, detail oriented track that reflects Ohmegas personality and interest in keeping things moving, while “Illuminate” is a smoother buttery joint, and “Wind It Up” an instrumental mid-tempo club cut. Most of the music on this 12″ came together in a live, random, spur of the moment session. Only a serious North Western ice storm held back the creativity here, but even that didn’t prevent these beats going global. Just last week alone “A Request” was featured on Gilles Peterson’s “Worldwide” show and turned up at #1 on Mr. Scruff’s Hot Pot Radio chart.

While it may be the first solo outing as Ohmega Watts it’s not the first thing he’s ever done. Producing since 1997 and MC’ing since 1993 his resume includes tracks produced for Mars Ill on Ill Boogie, for Listener on Mush, plus he’s recorded as Lightheaded for Day By Day Ent, and as Return To Sender on the “Piece of The Action” compilation.

“Superb club wobbler and very original.” Mr. Scruff (Ninja Tune)

“Golden! This is the caliber of music that drew me to live a hiphop lifestyle in the first place. The fact that he’s from my hometown swells my head.” DJ Twelvizm

“Good, solid soulful hip hop.” Jimpster (Freerange)

“Enjoy it tremendously … definitely a good time kinda vibe.” DJ Sun (KPFT)

“Left coast label with the future sound of Portland, Oregon. Flying out of the shops all over!” Jockey Slut (UK)

“Nice Cali hip hop! “Request” has some great funky drum samplage, a really tight mover on beat rhymes and soulful hook that reminds a lot of Jurassic 5, and even a little bit of “Doowutchyalike”-era Digital Underground!”

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