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CD REVIEW: Oma by Conduct

Following their critically acclaimed 2016 debut album ‘Borderlands’ which was nominated for ‘Best Album’ in DJ Mag’s annual awards, Conduct have unveiled their highly anticipated second album ‘Oma’.

‘Oma’ is an immense piece of work, taking its sonic cues from ‘Borderlands’ while expanding them into far wider territories. Inspired by storytellers Hans Zimmer and Jesper Kyd, ‘Oma’ ebbs and flows through a plethora of emotions in a whirlpool of tribal head banging and contrasting beautiful sonic architecture.

Beginning with dramatic and orchestral notes in ‘Welcome In’ and ‘The Rain, It Come’, the album journeys through to the soothing melodies of ‘Out Of The Blue’ – giving the listener time for reflection on the high octane beats that Conduct are known for. An adventurous feat, ‘Oma’ is filled with experimental skittering rhythms in ‘Overprint’ whilst ‘RDM’ slowly builds upon stuttering vocal stylings.

From their history of playing live in extreme metal, be-pop and jazz band – Conduct’s style is dynamic and forward thinking throughout. Striving to show the world what can be achieved at 170 beats per minute, the palette jolts between electronic and acoustic instrumentation evident in ‘Pittance’, ‘Escapism’ – one of the standout tracks on the album – and ‘Water & Oil’ where Georgia May lends her ethereal vocals.

The powerful juxtaposition in Conduct’s productions is guaranteed to make ‘Oma’ one of the most notable drum and bass albums of 2017.

About RJ Frometa

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