LP. CD. MC
date: 5th August 96
quick check of label copy will reveal that Omni Trio is not three, but
Rob Haigh. The name is designed to mislead the curious and conceal the
identity of the individual who, until now, was the scene's most reclusive
musical maestro. Intriguing fans and media alike, he has chosen to remain
in a shroud of mystery over the last six years, not even emerging to
promote his first album, "Volume 1, The Deepest Cut". This nevertheless
went on to become one of the year's essential records, listed in all
the "Top Albums of '95" charts, and led to the Hertford Hermit being
the remixer chart acts request by name.
appears to have achieved something like iconic status as far as the
press goes - when Mixmag Magazine compiled its "Ten Leading Lights"
of Jungle in January 1995, Omni Trio came home at No.4. Here is a quick
rewind of past triumphs -
Stepper Feel Better' Foul Play Remix (Shadow32R)
"Wake up indie-kids, the future's arrived and you're still stuck on
(Melody Maker 28.8.94)
Snares' VIP mix
remix from a classic anthem...spine chillin' piano...inspiring vocals...Massive."
(Record Mirror 12.11.94)
The Vibe' (2-on-1, #2)
"Through their enduring classics of last year, "Mystic Stepper (Feel
Better)" and "Renegade Snares", Omni Trio have exerted a huge influence
on the hardcore scene; they're one of the key units who trailblazed
jungle's current absorption of all manner of soul, ambient, quiet storm
and garage influences...Omni Trio unleash another tour de force of symphonic
hardcore. With its crystalline harp-ripples, tingly piano motif, orchestral
synths, exploding-soul gasps and Uzi-rattling breakbeats, "Thru the
Vibe" is a rush and a gush of euphoria."
(SINGLE OF THE WEEK, Melody Maker 19.3.94)
Heights' Vol.4 (Shadow44)
"The production techniques and sounds contained on this EP are staggeringly
good, exciting and innovative compared to so much of the fodder being
released as dance music"
For The Future' Vol. 5 (Shadow51)
"Who are/is Omni Trio? Fifth volume in the series of timeless classics
and the Moving Shadow train of winners just keeps going on and on....blissful....a
gem that has been caned by all the top boys for months. Frantically
cut-up amen heaven....dazzling. Omni Trio has/have got something for
(Duncan, Echoes 8. 10. 94)
"New school classical meets breakbeat futurism in the ever-anonymous
Rob Haigh's drum 'n' bass utopia. Omni Trio's fifth volume fulfils all
the expectations created by the astonishing 'Mystic Stepper', 'Renegade
Snares' and 'Rollin' Heights' .... If you buy one 'jungle' track this
year, buy this one. You'll fall very deeply in love."
(NME SINGLE OF THE WEEK 9.94)
'Nu Birth of Cool' (Shadow67)
"The next w..ker who says 'all jungle sounds the same' needs to have
his/her ears washed out with a dose of Omni Trio. 'Nu Birth of Cool'
is one of the most musical and melodic tracks ever released by the UK's
premier breakbeat label, Moving Shadow. Haigh has a stunning history
of being able to blend the sweetest soulful melodies with really tuff
and often frighteningly original drum patterns.....because of the traditional
and familiar vibe that 'Nu Birth' demonstrates, it will help to open
up the minds of cynics in the U.S."
(DB, MixMag Update, USA, 9.95)
Are You?' (Shadow73)
"I Love Omni Trio tunes. I cannot recall them (or him, rather) ever
doing a dodgy track, and this two tracker is no exception...a relaxed
melodic arrangement that you could listen to at prime time, or after
the club chilling to a simply enjoyable vibe, File among other timeless
musical instrumentals and lap it up...I cannot stress how essential
this is for any lover of music. Non drum 'n' bass heads should check
it too; you won't be disappointed. Crucial."
(DJ Woodmix, Mixmag Update 11/12.95)
"The Stevenage based drum 'n' bass indie label Moving Shadow released
a glorious stream of singles throughout 1994, the most popular being
Rob Haigh aka Omni Trio...a reclusive thritysomething computer genius
who refuses to be photographed, now releases a brilliant debut album...An
utterly, utterly essential release for new-comers and acolytes alike."
(The Guardian, 10.2.95)
"I don't normally review LPs but this is not only in DJ-friendly format,
but a modern classic representing one of the facets of the intelligent
and musical drum 'n bass scene...fabulous...blissful...A landmark and
totally essential LP."
(DJ Woodmix, Mixmag Update 17.11.94)
"Imagine a music capable of evoking the intensity of urban experience.
A music which expressed the neurotic rush of contemporary life with
charged, animated percussive moods. And a music of melodic purity, powerful
enough to recover feelings trampled and ground down by the stresses
of everyday life. Quite simply, future music, the sound of Omni Trio....a
landmark album for drum 'n' bass, immaculate in production and daunting
in its exploration of musical possibility."
(LP OF THE MONTH, Bethan Cole, Mixmag 1.95)