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|24 October 2016||
Abdulla Rashim - Of Water And The Spirit
Sweden's techno representative Abdulla Rashim has been releasing a lot in 2016 - an obscure 6-tracker Between The Shields under the guise of Ludin Oil, a limited cassette Om Syndernas Förlåtelse recorded in collab with Jonas Rönnberg aka Varg and a couple of tracks on Scandinavian Swords II - all of them being slow-paced works of ambient and downtempo genres released on Northern Electronics. But when it comes to techno, we've only gotten a single track on Semantica's 10 VA series, a fantastic track, but the only one in 2016 that you could safely unleash on a dancefloor. So it's really satisfying to see him close the year with a straight-to-the-point, 128 BPM techno EP.
Don't get it twisted, this release is fairly leftfield as well, and very imaginative - as everything Rashim does, but despite that it's efficient, or rather, club efficient. Wisely syncopated drum patterns on Vestal Witness and Proceeding To Infinity give it the kind of energy boost that is hard to achieve with simple time signatures - you instantly sense the body's urge to move. Despite that, the titular track's kicks are set downright at 4x4, but the spacy bleeping arrangements that tracks have for hats are programmed masterly and greatly support the drum attacks, enhancing the effect and making the groove irresistible.
This is the most energetic Rashim's productions have ever been, and we hope he continues to pursue this type of sound.
Release Type: EP
Release Date: 24 October 2016
Release Format: Digital ● Vinyl
Record Label ● Catalog: Northern Electronics ● NE34