Todd Osborn. For many, the name conjures up myths, tall tales told within the world of electronic music. Todd: makes hovercrafts; repairs motorcycles out of his garage; fixes vintage jukeboxes; creates handmade components for espresso machines; flies fighter jets; is a Lego expert, owns a record label with his son that releases music by Aphex Twin, Madlib and Underground Resistance; has a stunning collection of rare whiskeys. True? All of it, of course.
Reviewing a CV of the varied styles and sounds of Todd Osborn is like a museum-grade survey of records from electronic music's ultimate outsider artist. Yet, Todd Osborn has never been outside. From releasing jungle on Rephlex with Tadd Mullinix as Soundmurderer & SK-1 to house and jaking club music as Osborne on Ghostly International, to bright, chiptuned boogie as Superstructure, Todd Osborn has done it all. From there? We haven't yet scratched the surface.
For over 20 years, Todd Osborn has been a permanent fixture in music, touring internationally at music festivals, warehouse raves, gabber parties in fields to giving lectures at Red Bull Music Academy and in turn hosting the most diverse programme on Red Bull Radio. To boot? Todd Osborn opened the best record store in the USA, in Ypsilanti, MI.
Portage Garage Sounds is thrilled, humbled, to present this three song EP, "SuperDisc."
"Not Too Real"
Quintessential Todd Osborn acid banger. Hyper lush, produced in a beautiful way, melodies that make you fall inward, while moving outward.
If you ask, we're bout ready to jak.
Todd Osborn walks into a room with Heinrich Meuller. Classic Minimal electro. "Z-Lock" is sparse, yet complete enough to make you feel whole. And ready to move. Time travel to an era where the future was all we could believe in. A land underwater; A space ship to a greater tomorrow.
"Ambget" is a hypnotizing, downtempo techno track, quite possibly the murkiest song in the Osborn canon. Moving at a sturdy 105bpm, "Ambget" slinks with a hushed demeanor. Sweaty and ominous, "Ambget" feels like walking out of the rave at sunrise in mid-November. Is it no longer cool to compare something to trip hop? Would it be better to liken "Ambget" something newer, like the palette painted by Andy Stott's releases on Modern Love? One of the oldest tracks in Todd Osborn's archive, "Ambget" was recorded in 1997, direct to tape.
released November 23, 2018
Written, Mixed and Produced by Todd Osborn
Mastered by Todd Mariana at Deep Grooves Mastering
Records Pressed at Archer Record Pressing, Detroit, MI
Design by Ben Saginaw and Vinnie Massimino