Darem Aissa – Syriana (w. Edit Select Remix) [Suleiman Records]
The latest release announced to arrive from Canadian label Suleiman Records features three fresh tracks signed by label owner Darem Aissa alongside influential techno producer Edit Select on remix duties. Titled “Syriana”, the EP delivers high-quality productions designed with uplifting rhythms, warm analogue textures and trippy vocal samples, perfect for the dancefloor. The artwork is provided by the talented Tania Filipa at MID Studio while the mastering is signed by Pheek.
Montreal boutique label Suleiman Records pays homage to Syrian poet Suleiman Al-Aissa through its name, one of the most prominent contemporary Arab poets. Taking influences from house, techno and everything in between, the venture and its founder Darem Aissa so far collaborated with artists like Cesare vs Disorder, Onur Ozman, Robert Babicz, Kris Wadsworth, Thomas A.S., Andrew McDonnell, Valeria Croft and Jay Tripwire, among others.
For this material Scottish producer Edit Select, who’s well-known for his namesake record label and releases with PoleGroup, CLR, Soma and Planet Rhythm, joins in with a steaming remix of the title track, adding even more magic to the whole story.
“Drop of Oil” opens the release with a lurching bassline and tribal percussion loop, smoothly augmented with thrashing high-end percussion and eery pads. Its muffled vocal textures add to the building tension and captivating suspense all along the way. Track two “Syriana” has dramatic strings and dystopian pads layered with an array of vocal textures and fizzing hi-hats. Deep and hypnotic, it draws the listener in with its mysterious atmosphere and rolling groove. Last of the three originals, “Sunshine” drops haunting pads and ghostly textures that radiate ethereal warmth. The pulsating bassline and stripped back percussion help carry the track forward as it unfolds with a majestic and spellbinding flow of emotions.
Edit Select‘s rework of the title track transforms the mood and energy of the track. Using industrial pads washed in reverb to create a sense of bleak wide-open space, the remix paints sonic pictures of post-apocalyptic landscapes occupied by the mechanical movements of heavy machinery. Driven by fast-flowing percussion and a thumping kick drum, this dancefloor-focused cut is in stark contrast to the mood of the original, completing the release with style.
Pre-order your copy of Syriana EP from Bandcamp.
Artists: Darem Aissa, Edit Select
Label: Suleiman Records
Cat. number: SUL011
Release date: 17.06.2022
Words by AndreiB
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