Suleiman is a Canadian record label focused on deep techno and analogue house with immersive atmosphere and tantalising suspense. Label owner Darem Aissa’s sound is both spirited and eclectic, a warm antidote in a scene that’s been taking itself far too seriously of late. Aissa instead adopts a sound that’s close to home, notably by embracing a local aesthetic that harks back to his roots. The suitably named Syriana EP is full-to-the-brim with wonderful late night sounds, with Drop of Oil maybe the most sprightly of the lot. Featuring a spoken-word poem from the producer’s grandfather, what could easily revert to cliche territory does anything but – instead, it’s a twisting, unpredictable track with a lovely meandering vibe. Simply wonderful.
Syriana meanwhile, evokes a bleaker landscape, and is perhaps a nod to Syria’s unfortunate recent past. Nonetheless, much like it’s famously resolute citizens, there’s enough light shining in to suggest a hopeful and prosperous future. Sunshine takes on this mantle quite seriously, with the “poppiest” track on offer also one that’s yearning for a Balearic sunset. As an added bonus, the record also comes with an Edit Select rework of Syriana. Although severely stripped back compared to its predecessor, by the time this records arrives on the scene it’s already made a wholeheartedly positive impression. Top work once again by Aissa and his Suleiman label.
- Drop of Oil
4. Syriana (Edit Select)
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Watch the video for Drop of Oil here