For its third release, the already impressive Ark To Ashes label calls upon three fiends to collaborate with label boss Shadi Megallaa. As such, the EP touchess on many different styles and behind the beats alongside Shadi are Tolga Fidan, igloo-rec chief Dilo and someone known as Lucky Luke.
Up first with Shadi, who has been producing almost a decade on his own label as well as the likes of Adjunct and Get Weird, is Dilo, a Buenos Aires and Berlin based producer who has appeared on the likes of AirDrop as well as fomenting his own empire with igloo. The track the friends turn out, ‘Dub Magic,’ is just that - a nice and fat wedge of dubbed out house with meandering horns, heavy rubber kicks and swathes of lovely reverb. Whispered vocals and laid back guitar licks add extra layers of stoned lushness and it’s the sort of thing you wish would roll forever. Then comes a killer track with Tolga Fidan, who is well known in tech house circles for his off kilter take on the sound on labels like Cocoon and Vakant. ‘Brotherhood’ is a super slo mo, reverb rich track with buried deep sub bass, warm kicks and classic reggae chords that sooth the soul. Floating flute lines and echoing drum hits flesh out the groove and have your thoughts invariably turning to summer. Lastly, ‘The Lost Ark’ finds Shadi featuring one of his aliases, Lucky Luke, to conjure up a languorous house cut with deep, looping drums, gently tumbling percussion and romantic late night chords that bring a real sense of emotion to the increasingly irresistible groove. It’s a super deep track with a real sense of heartfelt musicality that stays with you long after it finishes. This classy EP once again proves Shadi and Ark To Ashes go their own way, and do so with plenty of style.
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