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Saturday, Mar 12 2016 | 06:29
Image: 1602904 Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of English
producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit, and released by
Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label. The album is both a portrait
of the artist as a young man, and the completion of a circle, ten years
in the making, that stretches from London to Los Angeles.
Before he became Om Unit, Coles was working under the name
2tall. Throughout the 2000s he lived in and around London, lodging
in various smoky flats where he would set up an always shifting
home studio. Days were spent studying music, meditating, and
learning the ropes of electronic music production while also honing
sharp turntablist skills.
Between 2005 and 2008, Coles made a lot of beats, part and parcel
of his artistic growth. Lost Stories collects eighteen of the best,
unearthed from old hard drives and Cubase sessions and never
heard until now. Influence came from American labels such as Plug
Research, Ghostly International, Poobah, and Stones Throw where
a new generation of artists worked in a middle ground between hiphop
and electronic, a place of infinite possibilities.
The album shows a maturing 2tall sound while sketching out the
outlines of what would become Om Unit: you can hear it all in
the swing of ‘Potholes’, the confident chug of ‘Timeless World’, the
hypnotic bass of ‘The Roller’, the awkward loop of ’30 mins’, the strut
of ‘Night Vision’, and the uplifting vibes of ‘Over The Clouds’.
Kutmah first discovered 2tall’s music after Ras G had ordered copies
of his last album into Poobah Records. Years before they ever set
eyes on each other, the two were connected through a mutual
appreciation of their respective work. Lost Stories came together
during a joint Australian tour in spring 2014. Featuring artwork
by Kutmah, it captures a moment in time when experimentation
mattered above all else, when possibilities felt abundant, and when
a beat could be a doorway into infinity. And it also reminds us that
you must remember where you came from in order to understand
where you’re going.

1. Test
2. Industry Chant
3. Rolstrom Syndrome
4. Timeless World
5. Fish Bait
6. Skit Alpha
7. Potholes
8. The Roller
9. Raw Guilty
10. Jackson Clap
11. For My Sins
12. Basic Prince
13. The Womp Womp
14. Over The Clouds
15. 30 Mins
16. Night Vision
17. Iron Caterpillar
18. Dark Lord

• Lost Stories is a collection of 18 beats from the archives of
English producer Jim Coles, best known today as Om Unit,
and released by Justin “Kutmah” McNulty’s IZWID label
• Mastered at Metropolis, London
• Limited Edition Green Vinyl with Hand Screen Printed Jacket
by Hit+Run Available from 29.04.2016
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