Unearthed Revival Of Ancient Rhythms With The New ‘Akbal Music’ Release [Review]

Hassan (V I v I d) discovered his passion for electronica in the early 2000’s. Having released breakthrough tracks with Suruba, Akbal Music, Tenampa, and Sol Selectas, he is widely regarded in the underground scene as a focused, up and coming producer and DJ. You can find his productions frequently played and charted by the likes of John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, Ellen Allien, Danny Howells, Maya Jane Coles. I’ve been following Hassan’s work for quite some time now.

I was really impressed with the dynamic range of production and overall vibe from Savvas and V I v I d’s new three-track EP ‘Measuring Worthiness’ out now on Akbal Music. First off comes the original mix, which in my opinion shines in its original form. The duo did an amazing job with this emotional, yet driving masterpiece.

The percussive elements and the ethereal landscape surrounding the track bring to life intense meaning and inspiration. The flutes and other melodies inherent in the mix reflect the crying souls of its creators. Setting the tone for the EP, the original mix carries warm-up elements I love and is transitions very well into my main set and it builds in ways to set the dancefloor afire.

Native NYC Corey Baker, aka Pattern Drama brings his lovely interpretation of ‘Measuring Worthiness’ which completely complements the EP. His message delivers a deep, soothing vibe, with intense meaning and emotion. Corey does an amazing job delivering his remix and we see the continuing depth and charisma with his original productions. Filled with hope and optimism, Corey’s remix shines and contrasts the original mix with tremendous thought provoking inferences and heartwarming tones. A real meditational piece. A perfect choice for a warm-up or yoga set.

Finally, Bahrain and Dubai natives Zone+ & Usif bring their special sound to the EP with their tech driven interpretation of ‘Measuring Worthiness’. Zeyad and Usif are no strangers to the underground scene. Over the past few years, their work continues to shine and develop. The melancholy surrounding their interpretation is reflected with down pitched violins and sitar chords, along with hypnotic rhythms and pads, and thick percussive elements. Zone+ and Usif’s remix fits amazingly well in my warm-up selection, as well into my early main set.

As for future releases, look out for Hassan’s forthcoming release ‘In the Sky, to the Stars’ coming out in July 2017 on San Francisco based imprint Manjumasi.

 


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Philip Chedid
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