Deepinradio New Treats (Week_30_2020)
Written by deepinradio.com on 28/07/2020
Hamza Rahimtula – Banjara Series LP (Wind Horse Records)
Every once in a while, an artist pours in their heart & soul on a particular piece of musical literature to help it stand the fickle test of time. The next release on Wind Horse Records is as special to the label itself as it is to Hamza – a producer whose aural boundaries have no end. The label’s motivator and driving force decided to step up to the plate with an LP that’s been inspired by his travels to the mystical and spiritual land of the Ottomans. The 10-track offering has been created using samples/instruments that are unique to Turkey and reflect Hamza’s artistic prowess to spin aural fables by weaving different tapestries made up of the fabrics of indigenous sounds.
We dive right into the album with the first track ‘Afro Turk’. Right off the bat, one can easily recognize the flavour of a Hamza original as the tune begins with the organic medley of a kick drum, the strum of both a stringed and a tabla-esque instrument that set-up the mood of what’s to follow. A rumbling bassline follows the opening verse as the track takes off in riotous fashion. Stabs of quirky-vocal, drop in every now and then to add to the ‘Middle-Eastern’ mood. As the break-down arrives, hair-raising stringed melodies transport the listener into Hamza’s sonic playground with ease and panache. The mesmeric intermission also has samples of a cycle bell along with dialogues from the local dialect that lend Afro Turk its identity. If there was ever a way to get anyone hooked to an LP right from the get-go, then this’d be it!
The next offering on the album ‘Raasta Turk” goes all-folk with traditional rhythms and percussion that can definitely dispel energy onto any dance-floor. As an artist Hamza is always capable of pulling off the unexpected and as the track welcomes deliciously a construed synth that oozes and bubbles its way into your very soul. Accompanied ably by fleeting piano stabs and carefully curated notes from a variation of the flute, the entire track meanders between sonically scenic highs and rhythmic low ends that probably will give a club sound-system a proper run for its money, while also maintaining the connection with the land that it was inspired by.
‘Thar’, the third track on the Turkey series is all business when it comes to esoteric dance music. A groove-laden beginning quickly gives way to a hypnotic and rapturous breakdown that consists of a cacophony of ancient Turkish musical instruments that almost seem to announce the track’s arrival. Extremely intelligently designed atmospherics help turn up the haze on a track that’s inspired by the shifting sands of a desert. Gorgeous notes from the Turkish flute dominate the second breakdown as well, transporting the listeners to a world away from their own, pretty effortlessly. The final element that gets added to the tune is a clever loop from a mouth harp that nestles in nicely with the rest of the elements to ensure the essence of the track always remains.
Hamza goes deliciously deep for the next tune – ‘Kayi Love’, a track that refuses to let up the frenzied energy that the album has helped build-up to so far. More electronic than organic, the track begins with a simple yet punchy bassline that b2b’s extremely well with the drum patterns on offer. Coupled with traditional melodic loops and snappy percussion and a fantastic mood, that track has a more modernistic approach to house music in the year 2020. Lush synth overtones and harmonics accompany the cascade of ethnic sounds to help craft a divine vibe that can easily overwhelm or move any dance-floor. ‘Kayi Love’ also illustrates Hamza’s soulful side, lending the listener an insight into the mind of the producer and the emotions he wants to translate.
Expert more dub-inspired dances to follow with the eclectic composition ‘Sultan Qunan’, a lavishly construed deep house track that’s destined to be a favorite among favorites in this LP. A relatively straightforward 4X4 comes to life with an uplifting and soothing pad that teleports the listener into a cosmic realm that’s inescapably awesome. The breakdown however, is certain to blow your mind to bits. Hamza’s legacy and musical heritage are in full view as the breakdown almost sounds like a different track itself, akin to what one would hear in the courts of ottoman emperors and rulers from days past. Stringed instruments, uplifting vocals, hypnotic atmospherics, and mystical vocals combine themselves in a vibrant aural potpourri that will certainly sweep any electronic music lover off their feet!
We now traverse into the second half of the LP with ‘Gypsy Travels’, a fast-paced, no-nonsense track that’s all about the dance that’s been produced for those peak-time club sessions. Intelligently arranged elements and stabs add to the build-up of a song that’s going to find itself being played on many sound systems. A powerful, rolling bassline considers itself to be the focal point of the original and also the driving force of the track. Using the same techniques as the other tracks in the album so far, Hamza delivers yet another bomb that’s riddled with overlapping textures and sounds that syncopate wonderfully with each other. This Chicago-Detroit house inspired gem with Turkish influences proves Hamza’s genius and ability to deliver high-quality electronic music.
If anything, ‘Sufi Soul’ – the seventh project on the LP goes left-field with amazing ease and finesse. A busy kick/percussion section at the beginning of the track helps set expectations for what’s to come, and Hamza as usual never disappoints. Retaining a festive vibe throughout, the tune is composed of eclectically chosen vocals and musical samples. These are interspersed by spine-tingling FX and Turkish flute solos that once again point out the geographic inspirations for the entire album. Ethereal and spiritual at its core, Sufi Soul most certainly will find its way into the dreamy after hour shindigs and intimate closed room parties. Aural hypnotism at its best!
Moving on, ‘Butterfly Ney’ brings in the latter part of the Turkey LP and can be most eloquently described as another emotive groover. A crisp, yet effective kick-drum marries a subtle, deep bassline and a yummy pad that prefers to be frequently fleeting. The triad eventually gives way to yet another masterfully sculpted breakdown that has added elements of piano keys, the ever-present Turkish flute, and samples of tabla beats to mirror its Turkish roots. The second half of the track is stripped down to begin with but picks up again to match the fervour and zest of the first half, to bring home yet another simple yet effective dance music tune.
‘Temple’ signals the penultimate track of the album that begins another organically derived drum arrangement with tight percussive arrangements. Staying true to its name, the hook for ‘temple’ comes from the Turkish flute yet again, giving it a majestic and mystical aura. The track builds up to the breakdown in the same vein where elements of spiritual instruments bring a higher degree of hypnotism to the track overall. The melancholic mood of the track also showcases Hamza’s diverse and versatile range as a music producer.
‘Ego Invader’ wraps up the LP in scintillating style and is probably the most experimental of all tracks on offer. An intricate arrangement of drums, percussion that includes cowbells and the amazing tabla once more greet the listener. A growling yet subby bassline unveils itself next with a superlative vocal sample that would come as a pleasant surprise to most. The original build up once more to a crescendo before a magnificently magical breakdown displays Hamza’s artistry in all its glory once again.
Thus, by weaving Turkish musical inspirations and sounds with their Indian counterparts, Banjara Series (Turkey) LP by Hamza is certainly one of his most accomplished works.
DJ Ino – 25 Years Of Deep House Revolution LP (Be Adult Music)
25 years of Deep House Revolution.
25 years of his carrier.
All embedded into one beautiful Album.
DJ Ino, a very much respected character in the international club scene, known for his perceivable and distinct style, has been working on his latest surprise. An album which is truly inspired by his love for Deep House Music. 25 tracks that will surely take u on a musical journey and a surge of sound and pure flow. 25 emotional songs produced by himself and his Portuguese musical partner, Johnny Def, who is accomplishing some of the tracks with vocals that give each one an extra touch of warmth and soul.
The Album will be released on Be Adult Music this upcoming summer, including released tracks on Labels like Republic Music New York, Open Bar Music, House Cafe Music, DeepClass Records combined with fresh and unreleased songs.
25% of the benefit will be donated to ecodesarrollogaia.org, which is a project very close to his heart.
VieL & Madraas – Vires EP (TOR Records)
Release Date: August 2020
Set up by the team behind the When We Dip blog as a sister label to XYZ, TOR continues to set a strong early foundation with its deep and ethereal style of house that blends delicate melody with melodic grooves.
The new release is from Greek aficionado VieL who has garnered a stellar reputation from exquisite music through a string of releases on influential labels like Tale & Tone, Hoomidas, and Akbal Music.
Each of the tracks is made in collaboration with Italian duo Madraas who’ve previously graced the likes of Soundgarden and Ready Mix Records with their eloquent music that’s full of personality.
Hauntingly beautiful with shimmering sound design and crisp percussion, this deep house release is dance floor friendly and complete with an uplifting atmosphere.
Terry Jasinto – Rhythm Of Your Soul (Viva Recordings)
Rhythm of Your Soul
Rhythm of Your Soul (Flipped Alternative Remix)
Rhythm Of Your Soul (Simon Houser Remix)
Rhythm Of Your Soul (Jon Lee Remix)
Rhythm Of Your Soul (Tokita Remix)
Since the mid-90s, Terry Jasinto has left his mark on house music scenes from Miami to Seattle to San Diego (where he’s now based). Terry led popular residencies in these three corners and played alongside a number of influential heavyweights. In addition, his productions were released by cool labels like Tilted, Fresh Farm, HEAVY, and Stripped Digital. Now he joins up with Viva Recordings to drop an exquisite deep house groover titled “Rhythm of Your Soul.”
The production on “Rhythm of Your Soul” is remarkably tight and crisp, with the drum track, synth hits, and airy textures bouncing across the frequency spectrum. Female vocal phrases float around mix alongside beguiling flute lines, all echoed for maximum spaciness. Terry also includes a more percussive Flipped Alternative Remix, adding an exotic tribal quality to the elements of the original.
A trio of Viva Recordings veterans supply a top notch trio of remixes. Seattle’s Jon Lee (Tilted Records) is up first, adding a funky UK underground feel to the cut for maximum after-hours impact. Tokita (Kolour, Moulton) grabs an infectious old school house vibe and fashions it for modern club action. It’s got organ stabs for days. Simon Houser, last seen collaborating with Jon Lee as Lee Houser, offers a deeper take on “Rhythm of Your Soul” with a vibrating bass line, mesmerizing synth pads and vocal intonations, and oodles of late night appeal. It’s an exceptional package — these cuts won’t be leaving the DJ’s digital crate any time soon.
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DJ T. – Bedouin Ride (Get Physical Music)
Bedouin Ride’ is one of the standout tracks from DJ T.’s ‘Trans Orient Express’ album and it now gets a standalone release along with a selection of fresh new remixes from Musumeci, Theus Mago and Balam.
‘Trans Orient Express’ was the result of legendary underground artist DJ T. going through a deep transformative shift, with new inspirations taken from spiritualism, a trip to South America and the healing arts. ‘Bedouin Ride’ directly references that in its title, but also musically, with desert-blues guitars riding over the drums to bring a deeply thoughtful and emotional vibe. The whole track is a worldly journey with rich melodies that stay with you long after it finishes.
First to remix is Musumeci, a project by Mauro Di Martino, a Sicilian DJ and producer since the late 80s with releases on Innervisions and Connaisseur Recordings. His version is a tantalising remake with suspensory synths, sci-fi effects and a warm bassline to carry you deep into the night. Next remixer, label regular and Mexican producer Mateo González is Theus Mago. He is well established and has his own take on dark disco which defines the Duro label he runs. His vital version is an experimental one that pulls the track to pieces then rebuilds it with an eerie, empty groove, haunting pads and a sense of tension that keeps you locked for the full seven-minute trip. Last of all, emerging Argentinian talent Balam steps up and offers a deep and trippy version with drums that ride up and down and guitar riffs that hark back to his homeland. It is a tropical track with plenty of exotic vibes.
This is a varied package that takes the still essential original in many new directions.
Andrew Edward Brown – We Don’t Have To Stay Remixes (Nylon Recordings)
Andrew Edward Brown’s iconic release ‘We Don’t Have To Stay’ featuring Bernadette Ayers, gets a major re-touch with stellar remixes by; Andy & Sasa, Leandro P., and IndyDoul.
Andrew Edward Brown ‘We Don’t Have To Stay’ featuring Bernadette Ayers.
Written and Produced by Andrew Edward Brown
Vocals: Bernadette Ayers
Additional Remix Production: Andy(Andrew Edward Brown) & Sasa (Sasa Crnobrnja of In Flagranti), IndySoul and Leandro P. Promo
Publishing: Steak With Cheese Publishing BMI
Remixes Mastered by James Thomas @ Nylon Trax Studio
Executive producer: Jaymz Nylon
2020 Nylon Recordings/Nylon Trax