Review: Darem Aissa – Syriana EP [SUL011]

Darem Aissa, label founder of Montreal based label Suleiman Records is next up to provide the heat on his own label. Previous editions have followed a fluid label direction that has covered a range of sounds that includes garage and down tempo jams from Cesare vs Disorder, breaks from Onur Ozman, and more melodic moods from Philip Ort and Haptic. The only premise of Suleiman Records is the quality of the output his ‘Syriana’ EP hits the mark in more than a few ways.

For the eleventh edition label boss Aissa drops a blissful trio of original tracks with a darker remix coming courtesy of Edit Select. Top of the release is ‘Drop Of Oil’, a slick, mysteriously deep foray into twilight house that harks back to a much earlier point in the history of house music. Deep sub bass tones underpin proceedings while playful paddy synths float overhead. This mysterious vibe carries over to the more dubbier ‘Syriana’ and while it is a more floor focused track the gated synths and synth washes keep the energy deep and bubbling but with a serious punch courtesy of the tightly woven drums.

For the third of Aissa’s original tracks he ventures down a more tempered route and ‘Sunshine’ could not be any more aptly titled. Conjuring up memories of the perfect sunrise after a long night on the dancefloor this is the perfect accompaniment to the previous two indigo bombs. Rounding out the release is a tougher more dub techno remix of ‘Syriana’ from Edit Select. Leaning heavily on a hypnotic groove the Glasgow based artist crafts the final facet to yet another well rounded release on Suleiman Records.

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