Osborne's "Osborne" is a celebration of all that is good in American house and techno music: past, present and future.
There are lots of stories about DJ and producer Todd Osborn (no e, mind you). They are, unfortunately for your ego and ours, all true.
Our lego-sculpting, electron microscope-owning, Japanese speaking über-producer puts this joy of life and the art of making into his music. Todd fixes and flies planes, has fabricated a video game kiosk out of hospital equipment, and is finishing his hovercraft as we write this. We could call him house music's Macguyver, but that would be obvious. I guess we just did.
The original title of this album was to be "Multitasking", an ode to both the various styles on display, but also a nod to the man himself. Like a personal sketchbook of Todd's musical history, the album evokes the sensation of an electronic yesteryear, where dance music production was treated with a wide-eyed sense of discovery.
The singles "Ruling", "Outta Sight" and "Afrika" are strutting dance epics, but the album also shows a side of Todd that is geared more for the homefront too ("There", "5th Stage"). You know, the kind of music to listen to in your den while learning Japanese.
Todd has been championed across the board from Gilles Peterson to Aphex Twin (he records as Soundmurderer for his Rephlex label), from UR's Mad Mike to Warp's Flying Lotus. Todd's roots run deep, and this album, written on his own music software on a hand-built computer, is testament to a life of walking the walk. After all this news, one must shake it off, after-all, this album is about enjoyment of life and dancing. Like Todd, I suggest we all get (more) busy.